A View of Murano Glass Tool Making

Roberto Donà Murano Tool Maker

Tool Selection at Carlo Donà

Roberto Donà created this tool making video in honor of his late father Carlo Donà, his family has been making tools for the furnaces and bead makers of Murano for 90 years. The tools must be strong, created for specific uses in production furnaces on Murano, and must survive the daily use in the furnaces.

Roberto has taken the industry world wide as the lampworking world discovered not only the tools which the Muranese use daily in real production furnaces, but discovered the magnetic personality of Roberto. Charming, ready smile and a generous heart, he has a world wide following of the men and women of lamp working and it’s easy to see why!

But as you can see by this video, it’s hot, it’s bending and shaping steel, but more importantly it’s putting his heart into the tools he shapes. He must understand the glass and what the artist is making. Bravo Roberto! You honor your father!

  2 comments for “A View of Murano Glass Tool Making

  1. paxangel
    April 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    This was so interesting, watching from the start, I was trying to figure out what the tool would look like. By the end, I had no idea it would look like that! So much work & precision, great care all the way. Thank you for this video, it’s so interesting to see Roberto at his craft & wonderful to know it came down thru the family.

  2. Stephanie
    May 14, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Wow! And he wore no safety glasses! A man of faith!

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