Monday, January 4, 2010


While remers have incorporated many modern power-tools into their trade, they still find certain ancient implements irreplaceable. We've looked at the ascia and the cavalletti, now let's investigate another traditional tool: the drawknife.

I took the above photo in Franco Furlanetto's shop. Hanging on the rack are an assortment of these two-handled knives.
They are used on both remi and forcole. The wider ones for remi, the narrower ones for the inside curves of the forcole.
Without a doubt, the most important surface of a forcola is the morso (the area where most of the rowing takes place), that C-shaped area is usually sculpted in part with the smaller, narrower drawknives.

Remers tend to pull or "draw" the tool towards themselves, which is where the tool gets it's name.
Now in Venice they may call it a fero a do maneghi, or maybe by another name if they are angry, but in the english speaking world it is a drawknife. Many drawknives in other trades may have a curve, but in a remer's shop they are almost always straight and flat.


Sean Jamieson said...

Love it.

Scott Meek said...

Any chance you know of any place I could purchase one of the narrow drawknives they use for inside curves? They seem much more narrow than the ones I'm familiar with and I could really use one.