Swiss Trip #6: Woodcarvings

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Blog entry by Roger Strautman posted 01-12-2011 06:09 PM 9159 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We in this country will never see the carving like Europe has. Carvings in Europe were mostly made for churches and back then the church was everything to the people so most of what they earned went to the church hence the church could afford these elaborate carvings.








We did get to visit a Swiss carving school in Brienz, Huggler Woodcarvings.





-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 06:14 PM

oh my!
My first thought: cleaning it
Second thought – absolutely extraordinary and the feeling while standing in that church must be overwhelming

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 06:18 PM

Those carvings are absolutely magnificent.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 01-12-2011 06:49 PM


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 01-12-2011 07:08 PM

Yes Roger, it is a shame. Norway has a strong tradition of superb carving as well and while there are still schools teaching it here, it’s almost impossible to make a living at it anymore other that for restorers who help maintain priceless treasures in churches, museums and other public buildings. One can only hope that there will continue to be some folks who manage somehow to make a living at it and that dedicated hobbyists will also keep the craft/art alive.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-13-2011 12:08 AM

Wow Roger, that’s outrageous!

That first photo is spectacular.

Who is the gentleman doing the carving. I like his work area. Very well organised.

And I thought my drawer full of carving tools was a little extreme.

I only have a hundred plus chisels in these drawers!

Did you get to do any carving while you where there?

Great write up.


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#6 posted 01-13-2011 06:32 AM

Lol Debbie.
They are amazing though.

-- Theresa,

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#7 posted 01-14-2011 03:01 AM

Lee, the fellow carving was a student of the school and after his 4th year he choose to stay and work for the school carving nativity sets. Huggler sells all sizes/kinds of nativity sets which is approx 80% of their income. The carving program is 4 years at 10k per year and because the teachers are German speaking you have to be able to speak fluid German even to be considered. Oh yes, you also have to take a carving test before you can be accepted.



All the students store their chisels in those racks and not in drawers. Keep in mind carving is all they do. Photobucket

I didn’t get to carve while on the trip, too busy.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 01-14-2011 06:16 AM

Thanks for the reply Roger.

Too bad you have to speak German. I was thinking to sign up! LOL

I imagine you come out of there being a true master!


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