Wood Carving

The craft skills of the Oberammergau wood carvers are known worldwide.

The roots of the Oberammergau woodcarver industry dates back to the Middle Ages. Earliest note is a report from the year 1111, which states that monks from Rottenbuch brought “..the art to carve all sorts of small household items from Oberammergau..” into the Berchtesgaden area. The carving of religious motives probably dates back to the pilgrimage to Ettal.

History of woodcarving in Oberammergau

A traveller from Florence praised the detail and skill displayed in the woodcarvings of Oberammergauin travel report dating from 1520. In 1563 the abbot of Ettal even bestowed upon the Ammergau woodcarvers their own set of trade rules and regulations.