Our family-run wood studio is located in Ortisei, a small village in the Dolomites, which is a well known mountain range in the Northern part of Italy. In this region, called Val Gardena, the tradition of woodcarving dates back to the 16th century! This art has been passed on from father to son for many generations and still is the main industry of the valley. A handful of master artisans who work for us handcarve the statues using the same tools as 400 years ago: the chisel and the wooden hammer. We create original designs and  work with our customers’ ideas. Bear in mind that we never carve the same statue twice, in order to grant you a unique piece of original art. Our values have not changed ever since. This is one of the reasons we are renowned worldwide for our amazing custom works.

We are true to our roots, our culture, our belief in humanity and god, with nothing but our hands to create art, for that is what we stand for and crave.
via Atelier Wilfried.

Art is nothing else than an appeal to mankind!

Our Atelier specializes in handcrafted carvings, including statues, reliefs and altars as well as paintings. Our main material is wood, but we also work with stone and marble. While a handful of famous artists from the valley do the carvings, my mother, Eva Perathoner, paints and meticulously polishes the statues with an agate stone. This particular procedure make the statues shiny and allows the colour to absorb into the wood ensuring the colour lasts longer, and it is a technique that is unique to our art pieces (other artists generally use varnish).

Our statues can be seen all over Europe, especially in churches in Germany, Hungary, Austria and Italy. We have been working with several churches in the United States too.

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18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nik_rielo
    Dec 10, 2012 @ 14:34:51

    i have a new blog to follow! thanks. looking forward for your next post!


  2. A Gripping Life
    Jan 10, 2013 @ 17:10:22

    Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love and appreciate this kind of art. It resonates right down to my soul. I wish I could be in that artsy/creating environment all the time. I used to love spending time in the art room when I was in school.
    I guess for now I’ll just follow your blog 🙂
    Thanks for following mine, too!


    • Atelier Wilfried Senoner
      Jan 11, 2013 @ 05:23:06

      thank you so much Lisa, I am flattered. I guess art makes us all feel a little better :).Have a great weekend and look forward in following your blog too.
      Best regards,


  3. nymuse88
    Jan 19, 2013 @ 02:41:54

    This is a beautiful blog! Thank you for following mine and I am most certainly a fan now. Hopefully I will one day get to see the beauty of Italy (top of my bucket list), but thank you for sharing these pieces with me for now.


  4. adriana
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 23:10:02

    ….well, it’s a delight to meet you! I look forward to getting to know you.


  5. valeriedavies
    Jan 26, 2013 @ 02:34:26

    Your writing about your art reminds me of a phrase from another blog I read the other day: “A life without art is like a garden without flowers”
    The other blogger was Zubhan Zein


    • Atelier Wilfried Senoner
      Feb 05, 2013 @ 16:47:26

      Thank you so much, appreciate it. It is pretty true isn’t it? Have a great day and thank for liking my blog!
      Best regards,


  6. elenacaravela
    Jan 30, 2013 @ 20:13:50

    REally fine work.


  7. Jadi Campbell
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 07:04:06

    Hi, when I saw this site I immediately thought of Tilman Riemenschneider, my favorite, favorite sculptor in wood. The Stuttgart Landesmuseum has beautiful pieces by him and other artists of that time period. I’m delighted you are following my blog and wish you much continued success with your art! —Jadi


    • Atelier Wilfried Senoner
      Feb 05, 2013 @ 16:50:46

      Thank you Jadi, do very appreciate it and I am glad you like Tilman too :). Much success to you too, have a wonderful day!
      Best wishes


  8. Patty B
    Mar 16, 2013 @ 01:23:43

    Thank you for the follow – you have some impressive art work on this page. I will look forward to more posts. Blessings – Patty


  9. Charles Cottle
    Mar 27, 2013 @ 21:00:43

    What an interesting site you have. Thanks for stopping by mine. I’ll keep up with yours.


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