Wooden statues

By the 17th century. Grödner mountain folk were already carving wood figures in various styles. The abundant alpine wood and the long winter months of the Val Gardena valley allowed families to supplement their livelihoods by carving in their homes. Initially, wooden toys and dolls were carved, later secular art like mountain men and hunters. The world-wide recognition of the carvers skills following the example of Johann Dominik Mahlknecht (1793-1876), encouraged the carvers to create new ideas and models. This has led to museum-quality works and a growing reputation of 1st-class artistry.

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