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  • The classic ash wood chair with its straw bottom, is embellished by simple lines decorated with carvings of traditional rosette motif. Being solid and precious, it may be used as a chair matching the dining table or bedrooms and studios.

  • Comforting, like a hug, this cradle in Sardinian chestnut wood is meticulously handcrafted so as to enhance the natural features of the wood, which is combined with the fine interweaving of hemp ropes made exclusively by hand.

  • The distinctive Sardinian traditional wedding chest, inspired by the solid and refined lines with intaglio decorations, is reinterpreted in a white-coated chest embellished with precious golden decoration.

  • This alder wood engraved and hand-painted mask is part of a collection of zoomorphic figures (a donkey, in this case) of the traditional carrasecare, the carnival of Ottana.

  • Gallinaccio rampino is a wooden character, hand-made with different types of wood and scrap materials, assembled and decorated in a bright balance of shapes.

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The woodcraft sector in Sardinia, with a its ancient and codified traditions, is expressed in contemporary productions with new and diversified interpretations. Featuring recognizable linguistic traits in its decorations or with new technical and stylistic solutions, the local master craftsmen continue to express the identity of the island through motifs and suggestions.

The traditional carving decoration is created in a masterly manner by means of a burin on the most precious artefacts, such as sa cascia, the hope chest, or with a curt touch in several objects of daily use in agricultural and pastoral contexts. In both cases the marks engraved serve as a language, a written story to be read again and again, the expression of a people with a strong identity. 

Distinctive carnival masks made as part of local tradition. Being included in the carving section, they are crafted in the towns of Ottana and Mamoiada, and more recently in Oristano, worn during the traditional local carnivals, in dynamic and engaging performances.

 

The new interpretations range between free and recent experiences of local history, which resort to woodcraft to create decorative objects, intended as small sculptures. Artist and designer Eugenio Tavolara was the first who, during the first half of last century, designed a series of small dressed sculptures, the puppets, which portrayed characters and scenes of the traditional life in Sardinia.