Gon­dola con­struc­tion

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The gon­do­las of to­day ad­here to strict con­struc­tion re­quire­ments. They must be 35.6 feet long and 4.6 feet wide (10.85 by 1.4 me­tres) and weigh ap­prox­i­mately 700 kilo­grams, each cus­tom built to the stature of its new owner. The tra­di­tional craft in­volves the ma­nip­u­la­tion of 280 hand­made pieces. There are eight types of wood: lime, larch, oak, fir, ma­hogany, wal­nut, elm and cherry. The boat is built around a wooden tem­plate, start­ing with the bow and stern, be­fore build­ing up the flat bot­tom and ribs to sup­port the frame. It’s a re­fined process, passed down from gen­er­a­tions, tak­ing a to­tal of ap­prox­i­mately 500 hours.

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