Entered in the Naval Construction Register of Technicians at
the Genova Compartimento Marittimo (Maritime Port Registry) under No. 382 with the professional title of Master Shipwright
A PASSION FOR THE "RIVA"
This passion began in the 1970s in the most far-flung places in Europe, from cellars to old garages, collecting what would otherwise have been considered as firewood. Today, collectors from all over the world entrust their treasured vessels to the expert hands of Erio Matteri, who is among the few Master Shipwrights in Italy capable of giving them a new lease of life... The Matteri workshop is defined as a place to enjoy watching the past being reborn...where wood is life...and where one can still smell its fragrance today... The restoration carried out at the Matteri shipyard is of two main types: full or conservative. The latter, subject to the condition of the vessel, takes place by recovering the original components. Once these are regenerated, they are reused, thus permitting all the original parts of the vessel to be recovered.
A tradition of restoration, passed down over four generations through ancient know-how and using the same, long-established techniques...