Tramontin Gondole

Building a Gondola - Part 2


Working the stern fiubone with the axe.

Bow of the gondola. From left: stem, SUCCHETTo in linden, FIUBONI in mahogany, thwart in cherry.

Stern consisting of sternpost SUCCHETTO in linden, FIUBONI in mahogany, thwart, small TRESSO, large TRESSO in cherry and front piece in larch.

Deck of the gondola before finishing.

The boat ready to be turned over ready for the bottom to be applied.

The boat is turned upside-down and curved according to the weight of the gondolier.

Curving the boat using fire and water to obtain uniform heat on the whole board. Using wooden spikes, the bow and the stern are pressed to obtain the correct balance for the weight of the gondolier: the stern is raised if the gondolier is heavy, the bow if the gondolier is 'standard'. The boat between the stern and the bow should make a line parallel with the surface of the water. >
Curving the nomboli (draught) in fir.

Detail of the catene sottoprora and pontafossine.

Preparing the bottom.

The boat is turned over, the trimming  is applied (filetti and fusarole) and the gondola is painted. 

View of the slipway.

This piece, called a catenella, is applied to the stern of the gondola. The  two initials indicate the name and surname of the gondolier, while the two large and three small triangles are the 'signature' of the Tramontin boatyard.

Launching a gondola.
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