Woodcarving & Painting

The art of creating figurines is both complex and fascinating. Even before the carver’s tool meets the wood, many years have elapsed. Each of the Alpine maple trees selected for use is handpicked. Each of the trees must be at last eighty years old. Since only unblemished sections of the tree are used, the tree must grow to a fairly large size before enough good wood is available. The trees are cut only during the winter, when sap is running out of the tree.

Once the tre