The typical carving of the Valle d’Aosta is that with a knife tip. In order to remain faithful to this tradition, it was therefore decided to write this text, leaving out to talk about other means suitable for carving such as chisels, gouges, etc. The experience gained in numerous courses as carving instructors, has suggested the usefulness of having a text that, with drawings, photographs and explanations, will accompany the novice gradually, from the first simple signs to the end of the course, when the decorations to be executed will be more elaborate and demanding.


After the post on the Sant’Orso Fair, it seems appropriate to spend a few words on the form of craftsmanship that in the Fair is the lion’s share: the carving of wood.

The decorative processing of wood has ancient origins. Throughout the Alps, both in Italy and abroad, woodworking has always been one of the most important craft activities.

The simplest type, from the point of view of the necessary equipment and technique, is the knife-head carving. The knife-head carving is essentially based on the cut and subsequent removal of inverted pyramids with a triangular base juxtaposed to each other to obtain a geometric pattern.


Evening courses of wood carving for small groups from 6 to 8 participants or, on request, semi-individual from 3 to 5 participants.The courses are ten weekly two-hour meetings and begin to reach the minimum number of registrations.In addition to methods, objectives and costs, you will be informed of the date and time of the first course on the calendar or you can leave your reference to be notified (without any obligation) as soon as you can activate one.Beginner courses of carving with a knife tip. Aimed at anyone, both to those who have no experience with carving and sculpture, or to those who already carve but would like to learn the basic techniques of carving, geometric design and the characteristics of different essences.Second level carving courses with first experiences with gouges and chisels. Aimed at those who already discreetly know the techniques of carving a knife tip or who attended the course for beginners.Mixed-technique bas-relief courses (knife, gouges and chisels). For those who know and practice knife-head carving or have attended the second-level course.


Notched carving (or with a knife tip)
This type of notch is carried out on various types of flat surfaces, for example, plates, boxes, etc. The design is geometric and to have a good result must be harmonious, is performed with compass, square, circoligraph, goniometer and pencil with a thin tip (0.5 mm).

From a purely technical point of view, the notch is the simplest form of wood engravings, the set of notches allows the realization of ornamental motifs of great artistic value. This type of notch allows already from the first approach to obtain results that push the performer to continue in this particular process. The works made in notches with engraved triangles are also completed with curved or straight lines more or less deep. It is undoubtedly an excellent school for other types of woodworking such as bas-reliefs, all-round sculpture, etc.

Floral carving
This notch is made with gouges and chisels. The design is subjective, giving free rein to your imagination. The floral and knife-like carving can be performed on the same product.


But let’s start from the beginning: there is no history of wood without considering trees. They are the true friends of man and have been defined the true inhabitants of our planet: while plants could live very well (however better than they do now) without man, man, on the contrary, The Senate Hall or of the Pregadi in the Doge’s Palace of Venice, point of excellence of the Venetian artistic craftsmanship. it can not live without plants: with their silent presence, the trees are the only living beings that can melt solar energy with the energy of the earth, which with the chlorophyll synthesis purify the air and make it breathable for man .