The Dusty Windowshop

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Announcement    Artwork by Giancarlo Rossi, third generation craftsman and artist from the oldest workshop in Cortona.


Last updated on Apr 18, 2020

Artwork by Giancarlo Rossi, third generation craftsman and artist from the oldest workshop in Cortona.


32 Sales
Giancarlo Rossi

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Giancarlo Rossi


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  • Wendy on Oct 17, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Little did my husband know when he returned home with a small wooden apple from “his favorite stop in Cortona” that he would have started a small obsession. 2020 didn’t bring the opportunity to go purchase this beauty in person but it made a wonderful 21st anniversary gift. The glaze on each of Giancarlo’s are mesmerizing. I can’t wait for my next piece. Hopefully it will be an in person purchase. ❤️

  • Verbene on Aug 5, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Giancarlo cares about his products and his customers. He is fast and reliable. His item are all high quality. I know him in person. If you ever have the chance to visit his amazing shop in Italy: do! If not, buy his beautiful and great items here. You will love them. Highly recommend!

  • Jane on Jul 28, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    My sister was thrilled with her birthday present. It arrived in PA, USA safe and sound. Giancarlo got it to her by her birthday which I did not think was possible! He is an amazing artist and a formidable businessman too. Bravo!!!

  • Sam on Jul 6, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful work of art.
    Mary loved it.

  • Kenneth on Jun 27, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    We often visit Cortona and always admire the woodworking skills of the Rossi family, father and son. Unable to be there during lockdown we turned to the website instead to add to our collection. The candle holder we purchased is exquisite in design and execution, a thing of real beauty. And it arrived within 3 days of ordering. Thankyou Giancarlo and we look forward to seeing you again before too long.....
    Ken (in Rutland, UK)

  • Jeff on May 12, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Stunningly beautiful wood art from Giancarlo.

  • chrisrosino on May 11, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    This beautiful apple will be a gift for my son who recently got his PHD and an assistant professorship at a college in New York State. "Apple for the Teacher" My husband and I visited Giancarlo's amazing shop in September 2019 and spoke with him about his work and the wonderful history of the shop. We have been looking for the perfect occasion to make a second purchase. After seeing his craftsmanship up close and the stunning final product, we are huge fans. The apple arrived perfectly packaged and in a short period of time.

  • Kathleen on Apr 24, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I met Giancarlo Rossi two years ago in Italy. I bought my friend a pear from his shop and always wished I had purchased something for myself. His work is exquisite and my pieces arrived in perfect condition from Italy. I highly recommend purchasing from The Dusty Workshop.

  • John on Apr 7, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I am a long time collector of the art that Giancarlo creates. Indeed I bought some of his first pieces when he was a young boy. He is now extraordinarily accomplished. In my opinion his works of art should be displayed in the finest galleries in the world.

  • Wendy on Apr 4, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful piece of craftsmanship. I have wanted to purchase more pieces from Giancarlo since my husband visited his shop several years ago and brought me an apple. The finish on their pieces are exquisite. Shipping was fast and packaging kept the precious cargo protected. I can't wait to order my next piece!

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The workshop's existence dates back to the beginning of the 1900's, when Armando Rossi became a woodworker's apprentice, at first in a workshop in Cortona which still built wagons and carriages, then in Rome in a company that fabricated doors, windows, and cabinets. At last he returned to Cortona to open his own workshop at the end of the 1920s. Except for three years during WWII, when Armando was called to arms, the workshop has remained active until today.
His son Umberto took over after returning from Montreal, where he had made a living and refined his skills in the workshop of an Italian woodworker and other european craftsmen.
Umberto improved the quality of the cabinetmaking not only by reviewing the technical aspects, but also by making the hardware himself, including the keys and the doorlocks.
For various reasons he was forced to gradually reduce the production of cabinets, but putting his knowledge and skill to work he created pieces that brought the workshop to even a higher level of renown.
In the year 2014, Giancarlo, the son of Umberto, followed his father's footsteps, thus maintaining alive the knowledge and traditions, and keeping well-sharpened the tools of this ancient craft.

L'esistenza di questa bottega risale agli inizi del 1900, quando Armando Rossi cominciò il suo apprendistato, dapprima in una bottega dove si costruivano barrocci, poi a Roma in una compagnia che fabbricava porte, finestre e mobili. Infine tornò a Cortona per aprire la propria bottega, alla fine degli anni '20.
Tralasciando i tre anni quando Armando fu chiamato alle armi durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale, la bottega è rimasta attiva fino ad oggi.
Successivamente il figlio Umberto prese in mano il mestiere, dopo essere ritornato da Montreal, dove era vissuto ed aveva affinato le proprie abilità nel laboratorio di un falegname italiano ed altri artigiani europei.
Umberto perfezionò la qualità nella fabbricazione dei mobili non solo revisionando gli aspetti tecnici, ma anche facendo da sé le parti in ferro battuto, chiavi, serrature e cerniere.
Per vari motivi fu gradualmente costretto a ridurre la produzione di mobili, ma riuscì a utilizzare le conoscenze e le tecniche per la creazione di pezzi che diedero alla bottega ancora più prestigio.
Nel 2014, Giancarlo, figlio di Umberto, proseguì nelle orme del padre, così mantenendo vive le conoscenze e le tradizioni, e mantenendo ben affilati gli arnesi di questo antico mestiere.

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