Wood shavings in the blood: where the wood carving dynasties call home
Artistic carving work has a long tradition in Sesto.
There are families here who have been practising this special craft for three and even four generations. Genuine wood carving dynasties! They include, for example, Thomas Pfeifhofer from the house of Hubertus and “Kroma”, aka Albert Tschurtschenthaler. The latter, as the grandson of one of the most popular wood carvers of the area, has made his inherited talent into his profession and, since his earliest youth, has carved sacred and secular motifs, such as figures of Christ and Christmas groups, richly decorated wooden lamp shades, carved replicas of the Three Peaks and traditional trophy boards for the hunt – his second great passion. As is so often the case when you visit a traditional Sesto craft worker in his workshop, here too, at the Kramerhof in Moso, you will find yourself in an old farmhouse parlour. No shop. No online shop. Orders are placed between the old farmer’s oven and the family altar and the finished work is collected from here too. The special feature of “Kroma’s” parlour is not, however, the intense aroma of pine wood or the wood shavings on the floor, nor is it the hunting dog on the oven-side bench, but the giant head of a stuffed wild boar that hangs on the wall. Hunted by himself, of course. And that is where the difference lies: genuine, authentic handicrafts, direct from person to person – not just a job, but a calling, a passion and a life. With neither Privacy, nor Anonymity. Somewhere where his customers can see who he really is.