Today is Labor Day.
After spending the better part of 2016 researching on the web and traveling throughout Italy to meet all kinds of artisans, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to some of the talents that I met this year.
Carpenters, jewelers, plaster sculptors and mandolin-makers ... The list goes on. Despite the different crafts they practice, they share the same contagious enthusiasm. They invariably inspire you to pursue your passion, no matter what it might be.
"There are jobs where you take your shower before you go to work in the morning, and there are jobs where you take your shower when you come home at night, and the world needs both of us."
Piero Dri (Venice), "Forcolaio" - http://www.ilforcolaiomatto.it/
Ferrobattuto Bernabei (Siena), Blacksmith - http://www.ferrobattutobernabei.it/ferro-battuto-siena.asp
Tommaso Pedani (Florence), Luthier - http://www.tommasopedani.com/en/home_en/
Mario Talarico (Naples), Umbrella Maker - http://www.mariotalarico.it/index.php
Paolo Penko (Florence), Goldsmith - http://www.penkofirenze.it/