Augusto Mazzon

Engraver

Augusto Mazzon

Engraver

"At first it wasn't easy because Augusto dreamed of traveling far away from Venice. That's why he enrolled at the Nautical Institute, but he then realized that his place was in calle del Traghetto and that's where he returned. He says his parents taught him "mental cleanliness" to do this job."


Mazzon learned from his father the profession of restorer, gilder, and carver: he is one of the few people in Venice able to carve frames by hand. In San Barnaba he manages the workshop that his family has owned since the beginning of the twentieth century. Four generations of artisans have followed one another carving high-quality furniture, in particular frames and mirrors. It was Bruno, his paternal grandfather's uncle, who opened the workshop in calle lunga in the premises that today houses the university; then Attilio, his grandfather, took it over after working in Milan as a carver between the two wars; later on, Danilo, his father, in the '70s moved the workshop to the current space in calle del Traghetto focusing on the restoration and finishing of furniture, also performing gilding and lacquering. The changes in taste and the development of industrial production forced many workshops, including Mazzon, to deal with the evolving market; the machinery for mass production, such as the pantograph, however, does not guarantee the same quality standards. Unlike other carvers, Mazzon's workshop has never limited itself to producing for third parties but also offers its own finished product, purely on commission. Augusto is one of the few who continues to work this way. Within those four walls, until the Sixties, there were many carpenters, decorators, gilders and lacquerers. Today the store is far from the idea of a workshop because inside you can find everything from wooden toys to recycled objects, comics to small knick-knacks. Everything seems to be thrown in there at random but, in reality, in the apparent confusion Augusto composes harmony. Since the '80s, through difficulties  great and small,  he continues to keep the store open, making less and less frames but giving new luster to antique furniture evading oblivion. Frequented by many friends who want to learn some of the basics or to savor the atmosphere, the store also hosts young students who want to learn the basics of this craft and thus a tradition of Venetian craftsmanship continues to be handed down.

Augusto Mazzon
Dorsoduro 2783
379 1493408

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