The tradition of the craft in Val Gardena dates back to the 16th century
The tradition of the craft in Val Gardena dates back to the 16th century. At that time, the peasant families began to produce objects made of wood. In the long winter months, they passed the time by experimenting with the wood that was available everywhere. Soon the first toys made of wood were created.
The woodcarving was gradually refined until the carved dolls, animals and small figures could be offered for sale at the markets in Spring. Woodcarving, therefore, became a lucrative pastime for the poor peasant families and more and more people began to dedicate themselves to this creative activity.
The first carving school in Val Gardena
Over the decades the art became more refined, the first carving school was founded and Gardena craftsmanship became a unique tradition worldwide.
Especially in the field of sacred art, the carvers were very successful because altars, crucifixes, Madonnas and figures of saints from Val Gardena were ordered from all around the world. Even today the tradition of woodcarving in Val Gardena is still preserved because it is carried on by numerous sculptors and is livelier than ever.