|Gondola Forcola, or Oar Lock|
The workshop of master wood carver Saverio Pastor is located in the Dorsoduro district of Venice near the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. The shop is filled with rough slabs of wood awaiting their transformation into sleek oars and forcole.
|Forcola Outside Saverio Pastor's Workshop|
|Workshop of Saverio Pastor|
Elsewhere in Dorsoduro is another workshop, the Squero di San Trovaso, where the city’s fleet of gondolas are built and repaired. The building resembles an alpine chalet as these craftsmen traditionally hail from Italy’s mountainous Dolomite region.
|Squero di San Trovaso, Gondola Workshop|
I thought about buying a forcola as a souvenir of my visit to Venice (they’re available for purchase in the shop or on the Saverio Pastor website) but reconsidered when faced with the challenge of fitting it in my luggage. Instead I brought home some smaller, lighter souvenirs. And now I’m second-guessing my decision; a forcola would’ve been a unique piece of sculpture for my home.
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