Il forcolaio matto

Oars and forcole

Il forcolaio matto

Oars and forcole

"Each forcola I make is like a journey for me. At first I study the piece of walnut trunk as if I were in a foreign land that will gradually become more friendly. I define the fork, carefully respecting the grain and then I undertake the execution, sweating and enjoying the effort. From time to time I observe it like a traveler who turns his head to see how far he has come and stops for a moment to contemplate the landscape. I work slowly at times, sometimes frantically, vigorously and gently until I see the curves and lines that I wanted emerge from the wood! Finishing a fork is a bit like reaching a finish line. You savor it, because it will remain forever. Something has been created. And you have to wait a while before embarking on another journey!"


Piero Dri was born in Venice in 1983 and is the fourth and youngest remèr of Venice. He has always been in love with Venetian boats and rowing and began to understand that this passion is something stronger while he was about to graduate in astronomy in 2009. He began to attend the Bottega of Paolo Brandolisio, a skilled remèr master, former pupil of the great G. Carli and in 2013, after two years spent restoring an old warehouse, he opened his own workshop, calling it "Il Forcolaio Matto". So, Piero began to make oars and forcole for the nearby gondoliers of S. Sofia, for regatanti and remiere in the rediscovery of an ancient craft, which allows him to feel proud to be Venetian and a direct protagonist of the city. The laboratory of a remèr is, in fact, a unique workshop, the ideal place to understand what Venice is, what it has always been, and appreciate the importance and quality of the craft of the artisan. In his workshop, every element is arranged rationally in order to always have the space and light necessary for his work. There are all the tools, some very old and used for generations, necessary for the construction of oars and forcole such as planes, frame saws and chest knives. The wood (walnut for the forcole, ramin and beech for the oars) is also stored there for careful and slow seasoning. In addition to the forcole (stern, bow, gondola, sciopon, velada, barchetta) and its miniatures, the workshop is also a place for the exchange of ideas and discussion. Piero proposes rowing as an alternative way to see and live the city of Venice. A healthy, intelligent and absolutely low-cost way to move around and discover the secrets and hidden corners of the most beautiful city on water in the world.

Il Forcolaio Matto di Piero Dri
Cannaregio 4231, ramo dell’Oca
3482528611

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