Anri e Val Gardena

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Since we was young we followed our father on his business trips looking for handmade pieces to sell in our shop.

Since we was young we followed our father on his business trips looking for handmade pieces to sell in our shop. Val Gardena was his favorite destination: breathtaking views with the Dolomites as a backdrop, excellent food and many carvers with whom he loved to spend time to choose the best items of our store; the smell of wood too was a great experience.

We have always been ANRI dealers, a factory that our father, first, and us later, particularly love for the quality of the sculptures they produce. For several years, Thomas, the owner of Anri, proposed to host one of his sculptors for a day of sculptural demonstration in our shop; the space problems, inside our little shop has always made us desist from organizing an event of this kind, but this year, we took courage and we answered YES to Thomas' proposal. A couple of days before we started moving furniture and counters to make space for the sculptor's workbench, a little work, and so we managed, with the help of Schüttelbrot (typical bread from dolomites) and apple juice, to bring some atmosphere and flavors of our travels between Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva di Val gardena.

But the real surprise of this day was Rainer Plancker, the sculptor to whom ANRI has entrusted our event; he told us about his life as a sculptor and as farmer too; Once finished working in ANRI, Rainer returns home and milks his cows, during the free days he worries about mowing the grass for the sustenance of his small farm. In the winter months he devoted himself entirely to sculpture and thanks to the help of his father, who replaced him on the farm, he managed to move to participate in sculptural demonstrations around Italy and the world, he told us, in fact, to have been for this event even in Japan!

See him work then, it was really fascinating, he started carefully arranging all the chisels, the gouges and the mallets on the work table, after extracting the fragrant piece of Swiss pine, he began to sculpt without stopping, with calm and precision and in one day he completed his work: a St. Joseph was born from a piece of wood. The intense fragrance of the shavings has invaded our shop, the San Joseph that Rainer carved is now in our window, in memory of this wonderful experience, waiting for the next day with the sculptor.

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