I took this photo while standing in the “casotto” (gondolier’s shack) at the big servizio in San Marco. Having commissioned the production of several ferro blades in California, I was no stranger to the new water-jet technology and had considered making a ferro like the one above.
Then, in 2006 I saw it and all at once I was thrilled to see the idea in real life, and also disappointed that I hadn’t been the first to do it. For the record, I am not certain whether the foundry that produced this ferro used a water-jet. If they didn’t, well, they sure must have spent a lot of time doing it.
Either way, it looks great and I couldn’t resist getting some photos of it.