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Sharing the ancient secrets of wood: a visit to Alvise Boccanegra’s workshop

For Alvise Boccanegra restoring furniture – that is to say working with an eclectic living material like wood – is more than a job: it’s a way of life. Visiting his workshop is a real treat, and participants will be shown the wide variety of tools and materials used to bring pieces back to life. Alvise will illustrate some ancient techniques he learned from his master (such as tempera and gilding), the characteristics of various kind of woods suitable for different applications and will also share his personal experience in managing this craft.

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Alvise Boccanegra

Furniture restoring

When restoration is a way of lifeAfter a few years at university, where he studied chemistry applied to conservation, Alvise Boccanegra understood that he had different dreams. So he made contact with a restoration workshop inside the Curia of San Marco, where he met his master, Maximilian Leuthenmayr, and where he remained for the next seven years. He credits his master for having "a deep desire to convey his knowledge, while normally craftsmen don't reveal their secrets". A few years later, Alvise set up on his own. "It was hard at the beginning, when I opened my workshop," he says. "It’s not that easy to convince customers to trust you. Now I can’t complain, there’s so much work."

Audio guide

Audio guide

A free audio guide, available to stream from 10 April to 1 May, will enhance your experience of Homo Faber in Citta. Discover more about Venice, its crafts workshops and its heritage as a city of craftsmanship, to complement your personal tour.


Where you'll be

Address Sestiere di San Polo 2733
30125, Venice

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