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known Sicilian wood
The person who owns or drives the cart is called "il Carrettiere".
Sicilian wood carts, are
"Carretti", singular is "Carretto", and are composed of both wood,
iron, and brass (wheel bushing). Involved in the construction of
were the wood carver (called "U'ntaghiaturi") or "Il
Scultore", the metal worker ( called "Fabro Feraio)", the
painter ( called Il Pittore or in Sicilian "U Pitturi"), "Il
Carrotori", is the person who actually makes the
Below you will find a picture of the cart owner, Mauro Giuffrida
(center) and the
group of people who were
involved in making this particular cart.
Caretto del Giuffrida 2005
These are the people
who were involved in the making of
particular Sicilian wood cart.
They include the painters, carvers, and carpenters.
Left to right back row
1. Vera Pellegrino 2. Giuseppe
Massimino 3. Rosa Giuffrida
4. Domenico Murabito 5. Raffaele Russo 6.
7. Mauro Giuffrida 8. Calvagno (nipote)
9. Alfio Pulvirenti 10. Domenico
DiMauro 11. Saro Tricomi
12. Rosario D'Agata 13. Elio
Left to right front row
14. Calvagno (nonno) 15. Paolo Citraro
16. Antonio Zappala
Back Row - 7th from Left Maruo
Giuffrida (Owner of Carrretto)
Back Row - 10th from Left - Domenico Di Mauro ( Painter)
Back Row - 12 th from Left - Rosario D'Agata ( Wood Carver - Via
Row Third from Left
- Antonio Zappala ( Painter )
Sicilian carretti are made in three distinct provinces in
Catania, Palermo and Agrigento. Each province has similar yet
Carretti were used for many reasons. Some were used for
work, they carried people, wine,
produce, wood, and anything that had to be transported, and were
called, "Carretti del Lavoro", or working carts. They
were the 'trucks' of today. There were also the carts for special
occasions, show carts, or "Carretto di Garra".
Pictured here is Maruo Giuffrida
Viagrande, in the province of Catania, Sicily, Italy, with his award
winning 'Carretto di Garra" or Sicilian Competition Cart or Show Cart.
The display dressing on the cart and horse are called "finimenti".
Did you know that every carretto has two wheels and
each wheel has twelve
spokes, six curves of
wood and one center hub called da mieolo, made of walnut and held
by two metal rings, on a metal hub. The wheel is held onto the
metal shaft via a nut or 'rannola' that screws onto the axel to hold
the wheel to the shaft.
Petralia with Santo Campanille a carrottore and the grandson of the
builder of the Campanille Carretto pictured below.
This Carretto was made in the
1930s and was a highly prized
( Owned by Michelangelo
Constantino of Tre Mistieri, Catania )
PAINTED BY DOMENICO DIMAURO
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The Famous Carretto di Campanille is owned by Michelangelo Constantino.
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