gilded statue before the painting   The Virgin Mary just before the painting.

during the polishing

After the painting and during the polishing

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).

Art must make the world better!

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 hand carve the statues using the same tools as 400 years ago: the chisel and the wooden hammer.
Bear in mind that we never carve the same statue twice, in order to grant you a peerless piece of original art. This is one of the reasons we are renowned worldwide for our amazing custom works.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laurie Buchanan
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 17:53:02

    I found the “follow” button and clicked it, but do you happen to have a “subscribe” button so that I can receive an email each time you post?


    • Atelier Wilfried Senoner
      Feb 27, 2013 @ 22:48:36

      Thank you Laurie for liking my blog and thanks for pointing out I lack a subscribe button. I just added it on the right side as “follow me” button. Have a wonderful day and thanks again!


      • Laurie Buchanan
        Feb 27, 2013 @ 23:50:23

        Atelier Wilfried Senoner – I found it, and clicked it, thank you 😀

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