- The Sicilian
wheelbarrow is a small work of art for the carvings, the wooden
sculptures and for the paintings, decorations from the thousand
colors of the sun, of the sea and of the beautiful Sicilian nature.
They was wisely built by experienced hands of specialized artisans,
called "mastri di opira grossa". we See to discover what
the parts of the wheelbarrow are, every wagon is built to measure of
the horse to which is destined. Before we find the two "resentments"
in wood of beech tree, it follows "lu tavulazzu" on which
sits the carter and therefore the "casciata", that the two
side banks ("masciddara"), you build with an unique table
in walnut-tree or beech tree and the back bank, said "purteddu",
done in fir. In the back part, to mo of porter, the "casciata"
with a second ledge, "tavulazzu" tilted toward the inside
of the wheelbarrow. We deepen some particular ones. There are
"li barrunedda", wood mullions of "manna", that
are carved, and introduces aloft her "head" under which is
made to pass the rope. Of these wood mullions carved we count in the
two of it "purteddu", and three in the "masciddara"
side. Their base has fixed to the three extremity "chimazzeddi",
that are three strong bars, situated under her "casciata"
and above the two "resentments." Behind the wheelbarrow
she is set "barra di lu frenu", that is operated by the
carter through a rope. The wheels, masterpieces by itself and pride
of the builder, has 12 "ammuzzi", rays, and six "curved",
that constitute the various parts of the circumference. On the rays
they are carved "li tarioli", small figures of women
("ballerinas"), of heads of horse, flowers and of "tistuzza",
human heads. In the inside part of the ray they are carved some
grooves, "li pizza". The ship boy of the wheels has called
"miolu", a cylinder of walnut-tree among two iron
bracelets, inserted in a brass pipe. The "rannula", a big
bolt, closes the wheel with an edging that tightens in before, in
the verse in which it turns the wheel. The insertion of "lu
circuni" of iron asks for ability and mastery and is a rather
complex operation. A detail that few know. The wheel of a
wheelbarrow doesn't have to be to lead, but it has to have "lu
mancino", in practice she must slightly be builds concave
toward the outside to guarantee stability and street estate in the