LA TRADIZIONE DI SCOLPIRE IL LEGNOIt can be said that this art originates from the situation of poverty in which they poured the inhabitants of the valley, to supplement the meagre income of the land; they began to work the wood in order to gain the tools to the fields and household utensils.
The precursors of this activity performed mainly frames and wooden boxes for pendulum clocks. The carvers in Val Gardena was not long, however, to turn to a production in the objects of religious art and in particular in the crucified, in the sculptural representation of the saints, stations of the ordeal and cribs showed a certain degree of sophistication, so as to make them famous well beyond the borders of South Tyrol.
In the age of the Baroque became famous for the production of cribs, other than those typical Neapolitan, and for this even more appreciated. Often the crib figures were used by children as toys and opened up a new area of development and marketing for the woodcarving. Today, the Museum Ladin Ciastel de Tor in San Martino in Badia collects a wide collection of wooden toys. The competition is not Tared missing from many European countries at prices even cheaper. He then had to focus on quality: in 1872 came the first school for carvers in Val Gardena.
After the First World War and the subsequent economic crisis, many carvers left their jobs, only a few remained loyal and those few began to ask the question: art or crafts? In 1920 was founded the first association exhibition, dedicated to the creation of unique pieces.
Since 1994, many sculptors, painters and carvers have joined in partnership Unika: privilege to be part of the association is to create unique pieces. Ortisei is possible to visit the gallery with many works of art of great value. Every year in September, then hold an exhibition of the sculptors.