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History of woodcarving in Val Gardena Italy



In the Gardena Valley, in the middle of the 17th century there arised the artistic craft of wood carving as a result of the modestly attempt to secure a secondary income carving utensils for the home and the farm.

The pioneers of this craft were principally decoration sculptors who decorated the picture frames and the clock stands. But in short time the wood carvers turned onto more ambitious subjects. They developed sacred works of art, crucifixes, figures of saints, stations of the cross and cribs. The skillfulness of the Gardena sculptors so were able to get famous over the borders of South Tyrol. The contemporary artistic works aren't only sacred works but they mainly have a profan or pure decorative disposition. And today the craft of wood carving is still giving work to many hands and it is still yet creating from a big creative source.

There are reliable masters and vocational schools and schools of art in Ortisei and Selva with an experience of many years who take care for the education of the new young sculptors.

The difference of handmade and machine moulded works of art is indicated by a trademark from the chamber of commerce of Bolzano and gets fixed onto the handmade sculptures by an expert.


Metal badges with this mark are only fixed onto handmade sculptures by an expert of the chamber of commerce.

The chamber of commerce only gives this trademark and the certificate for complete handmade wood carvings.

Wood Carvings & Wood Sculptures - Wooden Hand Carved Gifts - Val Gardena Italy
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