Woodcarving shop Ciajea in Selva
Quality sculptures since 1936
Woodcarving shop in Val Gardena - South Tyrol
Our business with a long tradition
Since 1936 our company has been producing high-quality religious and profane woodcarvings.
In our workshops we combine wood and art to create wonderful and incomparable wooden sculptures. Our selection is characterized by the variety of designs and styles.
Through our artistic work, the wood - such a wonderful and living material - acquires shapes which express time, memory and space.
The continuous creation of many new models allows us to satisfy even the most demanding art lover. Looking at things with the eyes of a child makes it so easy to be astonished by simple things that are traditional and, yet, new.
A family business with a long tradition
In 1891 the name “Ciaschèa” (Ciajea) appears for the first time, linked to the Mussner family, a family of mule handlers. At that time, South Tyrol was still part of Austria. Until the end of the 19th century, this family mediated trade with Italy - via the mountains - with the help of their mules. Of course, a good part of the trade involved woodcarvings.
Our first shop in Selva
In 1936, the sculptor August Mussner founded our first woodcarving store in Selva, in the Ciajea house. The shop was later expanded to offer enough space for a wider range of sacred and profane sculptures.
His son, Walther Mussner, also decided to follow in his father's footsteps. He too learned the art of carving, continuing to run the shop until today. Over the years, he has further developed and modernized the range of products. That is why today you can find a huge variety of sculptures in all possible variations and designs in our specialist woodcarving shop.
Tradition of woodcarving
All stories have a beginning...
Once upon a time, there was a farmer who lived in a small mountain village. In winter, the landscape was always covered in snow and the farmer didn't have much to do in his fields. One day, driven by necessity, he took a piece of wood and a carving knife and began to carve a small horse. He wanted to make a toy for his son. He succeeded so well that the next day he also carved a kitten for his little daughter.
When his relatives came to visit him, they were very surprised by the farmer's skills, and the other children in the village also wished for such wonderful wooden toys. Eventually, the inhabitants of this mountain village discovered that they could create many beautiful and useful things with the wood that grew in their valley.
With passing of time, they grew very skilled until they began to sell their products: first in the neighboring villages, then further and further away. This was the beginning of the art of woodcarving in Val Gardena. It wasn’t long before the sculptors in Val Gardena become world famous and up to the present day, they are bearers of a precious and unique sculpting tradition.
Contact us if you have any questions
Head tax office:
Via Meisules 273, I-39048 Selva Gardena (BZ)
You can reach us:
Monday through Friday
9:00-12:00 / 15:00-19:00 from 9 to 12am and from 3 to 7pm
Phone:+39 0471 795160