The art of woodcarving dates from the
16th century. What originally was only a pastime
activity during the long snowy winters has become a
cultural heritage of considerable importance for the
small Ladin Gardena valley.
At first toys, tools and domestic
utensils were carved and sold at the spring markets to
supplement the meagre returns from farming. Soon the
carvers tried some artistic work. In the following years
artistic woodcarvings became more and more important and
developed to an art form of great reputation throughout
Today, the craftsmanship from Val
Gardena impresses in sculptures and objects that reflect
the ancient traditions as well as contemporary taste.
Then and now the woodcarvings are to a great extent made
by hand. The motives sculpted are mostly inspired by the
religious tradition of the Alps, but also non-religious
carvings are enjoying a more and more widespread success.
The GARDENA ART woodcarvings are
small and unique pieces of art made for those who
appreciate artistic values and want to revive an ancient
tradition in their homes or in those of their loved ones.