Wood carving manual with a knife tip

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.

With this work the authors wanted to facilitate the task of those who – instructors or students – will want to approach this traditional form of craftsmanship.

Wood processing has ancient origins. In Valle d’Aosta, as in all regions that have availability, woodworking has been the most important of craft activities.

The Valdostan craftsmanship – or pastoral art of the Aosta Valley – has maintained throughout the centuries a unique, unique imprint, also due to the geographic position of the Valle d’Aosta where up to a hundred years ago, particularly in the side valleys, the isolation it was quite strong.

This particular imprint of Valle d’Aosta’s pastoral art testifies to the character of its people and constitutes an historical document of the same importance as those kept in the archives. […]


Traditional crafts in Valle d’Aosta
The wood
Cutting tests
Ornamental frames based on triangles
The rhombus
Construction of the equilateral triangle
The square
The hexagon divided into triangles
The octagon
Curved lines frames (also called fish)
Six-petal rose window