The Making of a Gondola

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I was in Venice last week and got to visit a “Squero”, the boat shed where they build Gondolas. I put together this slideshow to share. What I found really cool is that since the gondolier rows only from the right side, the boat has to be built asymmetrical so that it wants to turn to the right. That way everything balances out and the boat goes straight!

The Making of a Gondola




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#1 posted 834 days ago

Thank you very much for creating this very well done video. Jen and I had been planning a 10th anniversary trip to Italy but life has gotten in the way, but I am grateful I saw your post and video because I now have an additional reason to go to Italy!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 834 days ago

Mark, my pleasure! The squero was a great visit. I am also told that there is a really good cabinet making museum there too, but only found out the night before I left.



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#3 posted 834 days ago

Very cool!

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#4 posted 834 days ago

Sure didn’t know about the shape. Very interesting.


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#5 posted 834 days ago

Real cool! I’ve been there several times, it’s probably my favorite place. My wife and I rode in one, past Marco Polo’s house, it’s great fun.

The forcola is usually made by a separate craftsman. They are a work of art by themselves.

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#6 posted 834 days ago

thanks for sharing :-)


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