Woodworking Museum: Yerevan, Armenia
For some people who read this crazy blog of mine you have probably noticed from my previous post that I travel a bit. So, when my wife told me there was a woodcarving museum in Yerevan, Armenia when we were in Kazbegi, Georgia, I was like WHAT? Are you pulling my chain? Because my wife does this sometimes just to mess with my head, but this time she was not kidding me.
So, when we got to Yerevan, Armenia a week later, I had to locate this museum and take a peek at it. Peek at it I did! The museum is quite tiny in comparison to other woodworking museums I have visited before, but it did not stop the museum from showing off the wonderful work that it did have.
The entrance to the museum
The works in the museum include woodcarving pieces of prior students that had attend the school. It also displayed tools they would use as well as the way they would wood carve.I found the museum intriguing and interesting given the history of it.
According to the information on the website artwood.am it has been a museum since 1977, but it was once a school before that. From what I could gather from talking to Armine Arsenyan (the administrator) that also writes the literature and the website information, the reason why the school closed was because a lack of funding. The reason why I say, ” From what I could gather” is because she spoke very little English and I speak even less Armenian :P.
They would not allow me to take any photos of the woodcarving, but rest assured if you go to the website you will find tons. So, if you should find yourself in Yerevan doing some sight seeing, then pop on over to the woodcarving museum and take a peek.
4 and 2 Paronyan str.
(+37410) 53 24 61
Cost 400 Drams (I believe)
After I visited the museum I came across a bazaar selling woodcarving pieces.I saw several people while visiting the bazaar woodcarving and as you can see below, and just because the school is closed it doesn’t mean that the tradition to woodcarving has disappeared here in Armenia.
-- The Gringo Woodworker, http://www.thegringowoodworker.com