Guardian Angel Made of Cherry Wood
Article Number 12652
Girl. Weight 44 g.
Boy. Weight 33 g.
A Guardian Angel as Mental Focus. The Value of Craftsmanship.
They stand there, modest, almost reverential, the six angel figures made of wood. As a group, they are certainly the most discreet representatives of the Grödnertal valley wood carving tradition in the South Tirol but have been fashioned only with the utmost effort and skill. The wood carving master selects different types of wood to be worked with a chisel. Cherry, maple and walnut grow in the immediate vicinity, and the surfaces of the figures, carefully sanded and smoothly polished, show the beauty of the different timbers in their natural state. As soon as an angel figure has stepped forth from the wood, the craftsman works out the details with the chisel, by emphasising the sweep of the wings and the natural grain of the woods. The expression of each figure is different, even if their design is basically the same, due to the differences in colouring and shading of the wood.
The High Art of Wood Carving.
The Grödnertal valley in South Tirol is famous for the elaborate work of their wood carvers. The handicraft, which began 400 years ago when the farmers in the valley tried to earn some extra money with the carving of simple wood figures, puppets and toys during the long winter months, is still located there today. In time sacred motifs were added, like the detailed oil-painted holy figures offered today.
The manufacturer of our wood carvings in Ortisei learned the wood carving craft from his father, a carver, who was a famous painter, too. The son processes woods in his shop which are drawn exclusively from the immediate vicinity of the village, like cherry, walnut and maple. After the trunks are cut, the wood is left to dry for several years before it is ready to be shaped and carved. The carvers work free-hand according to their own designs and ideas.
these pieces are hand-crafted. Slight deviations from the measurements may occur.
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