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Work Tool To anyone who grew up in Maremma, it will happen at least once, to have a look at a country store and bump into objects rather singula… Read More
Work Tool To anyone who grew up in Maremma, it will happen at least once, to have a look at a country store and bump into objects rather singular left on a counter full of chinchaglierie. As children, we used them to invent games based on their bizarre forms, completely unaware of the real use and unaware that they were part of the work of our grandparents. We were imaginary toys, while adults were: Work Tool, nothing else! Observe now, takes us back to a time when manual labor, craft, was designed and built to overcome the problems that arose during the course of everyday life. How to protect split hooves of an animal work? Shoe them in the way you do for the horses! With the handmade wrought iron, born shoes indestructible! Served on the large holes of chestnut wood to make a fence? Necessary to tame a horse, a cow in a shoe rincastrino, mercare calves. That made a hand drill. Put a bell around the neck of a cow had several functions: to create a pack leader and get a recognizable sound to locate his position. How to load a bundle of wood on the back of a mule or a donkey without weighing it down? With wood you built a “basto” (rough saddle for beasts of burden), tying under the cushions stuffed with horsehair and covered in leather and jute. How to bring an ox of 10/12 quintals a plow? With a “nasiera” obviously forged by hand! Today you define an object from the extraordinary design. These tools, remind us who we are and what our history. Marcello Serra Read Less
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