Saverio Pastor

Forcole

Saverio Pastor

Forcole

"Venice should realize what it is: an architectural, urban, and social miracle, built in the heart of a unique and spectacular environment, on the water, a distinctive resource to be valued in the present and not as a "historical commemoration"."


Saverio Pastor is the dean of Venetian craftsmen specialised in making oars and forcole (piece of carved, hard wood on which the oar is rested while rowing), the trusted supplier of gondoliers and Venetian rowing enthusiasts from all over the world. He makes oars, forcole, and equipment all made to measure for traditional boats and for boats with lug sails. Among his most loyal customers are the demanding rowing champions looking to improve their performance, along with Venetian lovers of traditional seamanship who need to make equipment to match their boats. Aware of his role in safeguarding these traditions, in 2002 Saverio Pastor founded "El felze", an association that brings together all the craftsmen involved in the construction of the gondola and its furnishings, as well as the elements of the gondolier's clothing (www.elfelze.it). In his spacious workshop, among planes, axes, two-handled irons, frame saws, scrapers and the mountains of wood shavings, you can smell the pleasant aroma of the woods used: walnut, pear, and cherry for the forks, ramin and beech for the oars. To satisfy the many visitors and curious people who do not own a typical Venetian boat, the workshop proposes forcole as furniture (also in mini tabletop format) and other wooden objects: small and big souvenirs to remember how Venice, the city of water, cannot do without its boats, its maritime tradition, the craftsmen who build them, and those who know how to treat them.

Le Forcole di Saverio Pastor


Dorsoduro 341, fondamenta Soranzo de la Fornace
041 5225699

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