Forcole shopping in The Veneto
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Mick Jagger had his forcola made to measure here – and no, that’s not as naughty as it sounds. A forcola is a forked tongue of wood where the gondola oar rests, hand-carved from acacia and hard oak; each one must be made to match a gondolier’s exact height and weight so as not to upset the gondola’s delicate balance. Sounds like a job for Saverio Pastor, who makes forcole that twist and lean in perfect balance – ideal for budding gondoliers, or as a customised sculpture.