Saturday, February 20, 2010

100 Strangers: Woodcarvers

Master woodcarver Ruth Fischer works on a new carving : Brienz, CH

One of the last places we stopped in Brienz was H.Huggler-Wyss Woodcarvers (H.Huggler-Wyss Holzbildhauerei AG). At one time, the company employed 20 master woodcarvers. Today, there are only six.

 Master woodcarver Hanspeter Stähli plies his craft at his workbench : Brienz, CH

Two of them are Hanspeter Stähli and Ruth Fischer. We met them the day we were there and they graciously allowed me to photograph them at work.

 Carved and painted figurines depict some of the traditions and costumes of the Bernese Oberland : Brienz, CH

Hr. Stähli and Fr. Fischer and their fellow artisans carve and paint wooden figures depicting traditional Alpine life in and costumes of the Bernese Oberland. They also make beautiful nativity creches. If you're looking for a uniquely Swiss gift, this is the place to go. They're located on Hauptstrasse 64 in Brienz.

Close-ups of Fr. Fischer and Hr. Stähli : Brienz, CH

Photo copyright: Janet M Kincaid, 2/10


Eeyore said...

If I tried that I'd probably be missing fingers. Nice strangers to find.

Maya said...

Nice photo essay. I hope they get to see these pics. Well done!

JDK said...

It was cool to see these people at work. Very gifted. Too bad people don't appreciate the artisan.

Birdman said...

Looks like you've done some nice work here.

Janet M Kincaid said...

Larry: There's definitely the potential to lose a finger in a place like this, that's for sure!

Maya: Thanks! I emailed the link to Hanspeter, who gave me his card when I explained 100 Strangers to him. Hopefully he checks his email often!

JDK: I agree wholeheartedly!

Birdman: Thank you. I try to do right by the folks I photograph.