Having said all that, I might try and make some of my own or thereabouts!Yes, they are stunning. I have sent pictures to a Company in Venice who used to make them in order find out the process. They are finished with mineral oil diluted 4:1 with turpentine (this they called straw oil, I know not why!). They are signed by Carli, 1961, (Giuseppe) who was apparently the last of a long line of masters carvers of forcola (Gondola rowlocks). Anyway, they are now sanded and ready for oiling (see below). Unfortunately, they are not owned by me; I have been asked to restore them, not something I normally do but they are spectacular. I will put the final pictures up on Instagram (@poshrobcom). Best, Rob.
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