8th Panel

THE VASO RE (THE RE DUCT) SYSTEM BETWEEN THE FRANZONI “BALOCC” FORGE AND THE COMENSOLI DOMENICO “DINO DE GAETANI” ONE

From this position we find the suspended system that regulates the flows of water for the forges and the ground system for the draining. In this manner, here it’s possible to observe the complexity of the Vaso Re system (the Re Duct) and the organizing/aggregate way of the forges. There are visible the large corner stones of the suspended duct structure that is still largely original before hooking with the new structure made up of reinforced concrete. In the suspended part you can observe the typical elements of the Vaso Ré (the Rè Duct): the sluice-gate, the “rèstèlét” and the “gardena|l”. The sluice-gate consists of a system with a guillotine sluice-gate and a lever for the opening that has to be used when the water should be entered in the adduction duct or when the flow must be stopped. The “rèstèlét” is a comb grid situated vertically at the duct in order to consent the collection of the material that is dragged from the water and floats on it. The “gardena|l” is the stretch of wall built for diverting the water from the main conduit that is to say from the Vaso Ré (the Rè Duct), to the “pump” or rather to the duct where the water that knocks on the driving wheel flows. On the ground you can see the pipe that discharges the water and carries it back to the Vaso Ré (the Rè Duct).
In this area there are still the structures of two forges:
the first structure is the Franzoni Forge called “Balocc”, which was a “caadura” one as it produced buckets, and now it has been converted into a garage;
the second one is the Comensoli Domenico “Dino de Gaetanì” Forge, a “scartadura” one used for the production of spades and agricultural tools, which was operative until 2000.
We have also to remember the presence of a mill that belonged to the Family Panteghini Momoli, which later was destroyed during the renovation of the building that housed it, that was turned into a house. It is interesting to observe the Napoleonic map of 1821, which has been preserved in the Public Records Office of Brescia, where the forges and the mill are recorded with the number 808; from the map you can understand that the Vaso Ré (the Rè Duct) system is divided into two pipes, as it can be still observed today.