Atelier Wilfried Senoner

The studio

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. After the carving is done, we start with the painting and meticulously polish the statues with an agate stone. This particular procedure makes the statues shiny and allows the colour to absorb into the wood ensuring the colour lasts longer and is a technique that is unique to our art pieces (as opposed to varnish, which is generally used). 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 peerless piece of original art. This is one of the reasons we are renowned worldwide for our amazing custom works.

The step-by-step realization of a custom work: