Val Gardena

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Wood carving - a varied art - In addition to agriculture, arts and crafts were also well developed in Val Gardena by the Middle Ages, and the craftsmen of the valley had a fine reputation for their skills and diligence. They produced thick loden clothes, turned wooden bowls, and the women later made lace as well. At the beginning of the 17th century Christian Trebinger, his brother Bartlma, and Melchior Vinazer established a craft that is today inseparable from the name Val Gardena - wood carving.
Many of them made wooden bowls and other simple utensils, while the more talented tried their hand on more artistic items, mostly statues with a religious subject. In the course of the 17th century the Val Gardena wood carvers concentrated more on works of a figural type, while some of them produced caricatures, picture frames, ornaments, animals, nativity scene figurines and children's toys. By the 18th century Val Gardena was a major centre of wood carving, and pedlars and merchants carried the carvings and the name of Val Gardena far and wide.
Of the several thousand wood carvers in the valley, some developed into true artists, and in order to raise the general standard an art school was founded. Today wood carving is a modern industry and a genuine craft at the same time, producing individual, varied and authentic specimens of the art.

The "Museum de Gherdina" expands over the space of two floors within the "Csa di Ladins," the seat of the Ladina language and culture in Ortisei. For the interested visitor, a wealth of discovery may be found here concerning the Gardena culture and natural surroundings. The artistic wood carvings, for example, boast a long-standing tradition dating back over four centuries. There are the sacred sculptures created by famous artists to be admired as well as every kind of secular sculpture from allegorical figures, animal representations, nativity characters for mangers, chess figures, and so the list continues. The work of the famous painter Josef Moroder-Lusenberg, a local from Gardena, represents the apex of this art collection. Archaeological finds dating back to the Stone Age testify to the presence of early settlements in Val Gardena, while precious fossils and minerals document the morphology of the Dolomites.

At Val Gardena, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, mountain chalets, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.