photo by Sean Antonioli
Here's a rare view of the inside of Squero Canaletto during the days of gondola production. Sean Antonioli snapped this picture when they had one boat in the turned-over phase, and another upright with paint on the hull. Thom Price did an amazing thing with Squero Canaletto. One of the clever inventions used there involved a sort of "press" which was used to put a curve into some of the frame-pieces; giving them a type of woodgrain structure, which followed the curve of the piece. If you click on the image to enlarge it, you can see the grain in the frames. Looking through the frames, you can see the underside of the two triangular bow deck pieces, known as "fiuboni". Many gondolas are constructed using eight different types of wood, and the fiuboni are usually made of mahogany. I've always considered it a shame to paint over such beautiful wood.