This Black Forest Girl wood carving by Triberg-based Samuel Kammerer measures 9,5 inches (24 cm). It is hand-carved in the Black Forest from limewood and unpainted.
Black Forest Girl Is a Great Example of Wood Carving
In the picturesque valleys of the Black Forest, the locals still old their traditions in high esteem. Many villages have their traditional costumes which people wear on special occasions. Our hand-carved Black Forest girl wears the iconic “bobbled hat” which is part of the traditional costume of Gutach and its surrounding villages: fourteen woolen “bobbles” are artfully piled onto a straw hat. This hat has become quite a symbol for the whole Black Forest and is known all over the world. Local men in search of a wife realize they have to look out for the girls whose bobbles on the hat are red. The ones with the black bobbles are already married. So the “Bollenhut” is not only a charming part of the Gutach traditional costume. It can also help a man to make the right choices! As our Black Forest Girl comes unpainted, we leave her story up to your imagination.
Wood carving has always been a wide-spread craft in the Black Forest. The center of the art lies around the town of Triberg. Our wood carver Samuel Kammerer is one of the last five traditional wood carvers in that area. He finds his inspiration in the traditions and culture of his region as well as the beautiful nature of the Black Forest. His workshop lies in the middle of an isolated little valley a few miles from Triberg. In his workshop, Mr. Kammerer carves his remarkable pieces. All his works are made from limewood and hand-carved as well as hand-painted or unpainted.