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European Buying Trip, Summer 2016:

Rick purchases European Walnut in Italy and Spruce "in the Alps"

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Rick began his adventure with a visit to Master Craftsman, Mario Vio - A forcola (above) and oar artisan

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Mario (dark blue) showing a few of his current projects

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Mario Vio

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Rick's good friend Tommaso Girotto with Mario Vio

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Demonstrating his craft

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

 

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Necessary Tools

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Hand Planes

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Mario's shrine

 

 

The workshop of Mario Vio- Mastercraftsman of forcoloas and oars ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Forcolas (in case you are unaware, forcolas are used to hold/ support the oars on a gondola)

Thank you for the tour and your time Mario!

 

 

Laguna Veneta ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Laguna Veneta

 

 

Laguna Veneta ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Laguna Veneta

 

 

Laguna Veneta ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Laguna Veneta

 

 

Tommasso Girotto's home in Northern Italy ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Tommaso Girotto's home in Northern Italy

 

 

Tommasso Girotto's home in Northern Italy ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Owl

 

 

Tommasso Girotto's home in Northern Italy ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Lovely!

 

 

European Walnut ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Sourcing European Walnut

 

 

European Walnut ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Rick founds some gorgeous material

 

 

European Walnut ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

European Walnut

 

 

European Walnut ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

European Walnut

 

 

European Walnut ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

European Walnut

 

 

The Alps in Summer ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Then, a bit more north, into the Alps, searching for Spruce

 

 

The Alps in Summer ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Summer in the Alps

 

 

The Alps in Summer ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

 

 

 

The Alps in Summer ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

 

 

 

The Alps in Summer ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Wildflowers

 

 

The Alps in Summer ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

 

 

 

Sunning Spruce Tops ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

"Sunning" Spruce Tops

 

 

Inspecting Spruce Billets ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Inspecting Spruce Billets

 

 

Rick inspecting Spruce Tops ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Inspecting Spruce for guitars

 

 

Bed and Breakfast ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Then on the way back a stop in Veneto Italy

 

 

Bed and Breakfast ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

A wonderful Bed and Breakfast, Tommaso and Rick went to enter the cafe, but they chose the wrong door....

 

 

Bed and Breakfast ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

... it was already occupied :) (wonderful fresh milk!)

 

 

Bed and Breakfast ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

 

 

 

Stroll along the hills ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Stroll along the hills

 

 

cafe ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

The correct door to enter the cafe

 

 

European Buying Trip ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

 

 

 

Last stop, a quick detour for some Riesling ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Last stop, a quick detour for some Riesling

 

 

Vineyard ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Vineyard

 

 

Vineyard ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Vineyard

 

 

Vineyard ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Vineyard

 

 

Vineyard ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Vineyard

 

 

Vineyard ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Vineyard

 

 

Vineyard ~ Hearne Hardwoods Inc.

Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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