Architect Peter Gluck’s Ode to the Venetian Oarlock
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Architect Peter Gluck’s Ode to the Venetian Oarlock

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By Dwell / Photos by Jamie Chung
He believes there’s beauty and a lesson for today in a centuries-old craft.

It was 1965. My wife and I were on our honeymoon, and we’d just arrived in Venice. That’s where I first saw this fórcola. Gondoliers have used these sinuous oarlocks for more than seven centuries to steer and propel their boats. This particular one was made in 1965 by a man named Giuseppe Carli, considered one of the modern maestros of the form. 

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