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Here's My Woodcarving!

by Sylvia Hilpertshauser

Last summer I finished my apprenticeship as a woodcarver at the Swiss school of Woodcarving in Brienz, Switzerland. I decided to become a woodcarver after my first apprenticeship as a a medical assistant. There were a few reasons for this decision:

Since I was young I loved doing drawing and painting which is also a big part of a woodcarvers daily work. Besides, I had the wish to do something relating to a trade, to build something at which you can see the progress at every day's end.

I like nature and its forms and materials a lot so that is the main reason I found my perfect occupation in woodcarving.

Beneath you can see some of the carvings I did during my apprenticeship:

Closed Music Box: Flower Waratah, diameter 30 cm, lime 
Open Music Box: Flower Waratah, diameter 30 cm, lime 
Giraffe on top of a pillow, lime, height: 30 cm 
Crocodile (lime) on top of a small drawer cabinet
(Lime, cherry wood and medium-density fiberboard MDF)
length: about 70 cm 
Shell, larch, length: about 1,5 meter 
Me working on the shell during the woodcarving
symposium in Brienz, Summer 2014 
Pixie, larch, length: about 1m 
Back of Pixie 
Woman, lime, length: about 30 cm 
Side view of Woman 
Detail of a clock made of Limewood 
Weatherstation - Limewood 
Wall Lamp - 3 Pieces - Cherry 
Room Divider - Walnut, Limewood 
Lady in a Summerbreeze - Pear 
Family Coat - Walnut 
Elf's Ride On An Owl - Plaster 

You can email Sylvia at .

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