Wood Carving

Wood CarvingIn wood carving, various techniques of embellishment, such as dyeing, smoking and staining, have been developed.  A number of large carved monuments have been preserved, including gates of all sizes, ornamental entrances known as ‘székelykapu’, ceiling beams, balcony columns, decorative house and roof facades, door and window frames, and wooden locks.   These are the masterpieces of carpenters, cabinet-makers and peasant folk-artisans, who also used to decorate household tools, furniture and ornaments with carvings.

Béla Nagy
Wood carver and leatherworker

Inspired by his childhood experiences, Béla Nagy creates objects of folk art.  His preferred craft is peasant-style woodcarving, using the technique called grooving (eg. trough grooving, ornamenting log furniture). He has participated in many events and exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. In 1996 he was awarded the official title of Folk Art Craftsperson.

He has been working with children since the beginning of his career, and since 2004 he has been teaching woodcarving and leatherworking workshops.

György Jakab
Wood carver and sculptor

György Jakab was born in 1950 in Farkaslaka, Szeklerland, Transylvania (present day Romania).  As a child he was determined to become a wood carver, and he also became an expert in bone carving.  In 1990 he moved to Hungary with his family. He has received many awards, including Master of Folk Art and the 2012 Global Hungarians’ Cultural Artist’s Award. He has participated in many exhibitions and craft camps in Hungary and abroad.

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