Raider of a Lost Art

When Thom Price arrived in Venice in 1996, he didn't know much Italian. He did, however, know the word squero — the workshop in which gondolas are made — and searched the phone book for it.

He found absolutely nothing. Not even under "boats" was there any hint of gondolas. So he began wandering around the city. He eventually stumbled across the Squero San Trovaso, and with the help of a translator told the men working there that he had experience building wooden boats and that he'd like to learn...

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