Sketching your wishes and ideas

One of the most important parts of our customer service is a detailed interview in order to fully understand all the wishes and desires of our customers. Based on these collected thoughts, we then create a design sketch. Formal changes and all details are discussed with the aid of the drawing. In doing this, we especially deal with further steps of the finishing process like coloring and the selection of the wood. 

Quality begins with the selection of the wood

The basis for each carving is, of course, a careful selection of the wood, which goes along with careful dry storage, during which the special characteristics of the wood are taken into account. We have worked with the most diverse types of wood and have had the best experiences with limewood in particular. But there are no limitations to fulfilling your wishes regarding the type of wood.

Experience is our most precious asset

The next big challenge for a woodcarver is transferring the sketch to a three-dimensional object. He has to continuously consider the character and texture of the wood, beginning from the first steps in shaping the wood to the delicate detailing. This work requires careful attention and experience. For hundreds of years, woodcarvers have been using traditional tools and carving knives, which feature unique forms and shapes for each working process. 

The unique combination of sculpturing and painting

Painting wooden masterpieces is a craft that always went hand in hand with woodcarving. These two crafts have always shared a special bond. From manufacturing small wooden toys to creating lavish church decorations, woodcarving and painting have always had a close relationship with each other. Over the centuries, a variety of painting techniques have been developed, whose richness of detail is limitless. And yet, detailed and precise craftsmanship is still required to give an artistic expression to the woodcarving. Below you will find a dictionary of terms of our current range of painting techniques. But we are always open to the most unusual requests and ideas regarding the coloring of your woodcarving. 

Currently we can offer you our woodcarvings with the following colorings, but are open to unusual ideas:
  • Bronzing

    We can apply a shimmering metallic bronze surface to a woodcarving for a bronzing effect.

  • Coloring

    Colored carvings are painted with pure pigment colors after a triple chalky base has been applied. The cutting marks of the woodcarver are thus almost completely covered, resulting in a very smooth surface. With this coloring technique gold leaf (23.5 ct) can also be applied. 

  • Staining

    Stained woodcarvings are darkened with stain in order to accentuate the grain of the wood. In addition, the stain protects the wood, which is also strengthened by a beeswax and polishing treatment. 

  • Two-color staining

    By applying two different brownish-shaded stains (light and dark), we use contrasts as an artistic medium. Additionally, the stain protects the wood, which can also be further strengthened by a beeswax treatment with polish.

  • Church Version

    For the special luster coloring or church version, pure pigment colors are applied on a silver leaf coating (24 ct.). With this technique the coloring receives a metallic shimmering gloss. 

  • Colored

    For carvings, which are painted in a glazing technique with thinned colors (oil, acrylic or watercolor), we use the term “colored”. No layer of chalk will be applied to make the cut of the woodcarver as visible as possible. Gold leaf (14 ct). can also be applied in places with this coloring technique.

  • Natural

    A natural carving impresses by the pure beauty of the wood.  The cut of the woodcarver is most clearly visible and palpable in this design.  

  • Natural waxed

    To give a natural woodcarving a matt and subtle shine we can treat it with colorless beeswax and then polish it.  The wax also ensures a higher resistance to dust and makes the woodcarving easier to preserve.  If you wish to have your natural woodcarving waxed, please contact us by e-mail at info@albl-oberammergau.com.

  • Oil Painting

    In order to set up or hang a woodcarving in an outdoor area, we use special oil paints to protect the woodcarving from the weather.  

  • Polychromic coloring

    A polychromic version is characterized by a very elaborate process of priming.  After three different stone primers are applied, another three to four chalk primers are added. Between the individual coatings, the layers already applied are polished again and again.  In certain places, red and yellow Polyment is used for the polychrome gloss of 23.5 carat gold or silver leaf plating. The carving is then finished with pure, natural pigment colors.

  • Polychromic antique coloring

    Based on the polychromic version, fine, net-like cracks are brought onto smooth surfaces using an elaborate method called the Craquelè -technique. This technique can be executed to perfection only by very experienced painter masters. By this process, the carving is given a deceptively authentic antique look.

  • Poliment White

    After several layers of chalk priming, several layers of white poliment (especially prepared clay) are applied.  The cut of the woodcarver is thereby largely obscured, resulting in a very smooth white surface.  In places, 23. 5 ct. gold leaf gilding can be applied.