ALBL Oberammergau – Woodcarving Studio for Sacred Art

Fine wooden
since 1556.

Now in its 14th generation, the Albl family embodies wood carving and has had its roots in its home village of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps for centuries. Where our ancestors were individual wood carvers, today we have grown into a small family company with our own studio, working together with several workshops and artisans in Oberammergau and the surrounding area. We undertake commissions together with our talented sculptors, carpenters and painters who support us passionately. ALBL Oberammergau is trusted by the clergy and art committees, architects, liturgical consultants and sacred art designers around the world. The focus of our work is, above all, ecclesiastical wood sculptures and liturgical furnishings like altar, tabernacle and ambo. In this, we follow our aspiration that only original works of art carved by hand from the best materials are suitable for decorating churches eg our handcarved nativity set. All our custom made works for church interiors, traditional crucifixes, statues and figurines of saints and relief carvings are individually sketched, carved and painted according to the wishes of our clients. Our conviction is to work with our clients closely on every single project: from initial planning to the final masterpiece.

Hand carved statues and wood carving from Bavaria, Germany

Traditional, hand-carved nativities

Enjoy shopping in our local store in Oberammergau or shop in our online shop, here you will find hand carved nativity sets that were created in the workshop in Oberammergau based on old motifs from Austrian nativity, German nativity or Bavarian nativity. Their nativity figurines are also hand carved: Baby Jesus in the manger, Mary and Joseph, the Three Wise Menangels and shepherds with their animals such as sheep, ox and donkey, which traditionally complement every ALBL nativity set.

Carved figures and statues of saints

Carved statues of saints, handcrafted and carved reliefs of motifs from the ecclesiastical year. The figures are available in different sizes and dimensions: from a small Madonna or Jesus figurine for private devotion at home, as well as larger statues of saintsSaint Jose Sanchez del Rio – or traditional crucifixes for chapels, private chapels or prayer rooms in old people’s homes, airports or church facilities.

Liturgical furnishings and artwork for churches

The portfolio of ALBL Oberammergau contains an extensive number of hand-carved wooden sculptures, liturgical furnishings and other artwork with religious motifs: hand-carved wooden altars, carved triptychs based on well-known, old motifs, the Last Supper as a wooden relief by Philippe de Champaigne, the 14 Stations of the Cross in different designs, the Crucifixion retable by Riemenschneider, the winged altar according to Pieter Coecke van Aelst, processional crosses, the travel altar, the handcrafted Tenebrae hearse, the wooden ambo, the Agnus Dei relief as well as large crucifixes for churches, simple handcarved crucifixes or more traditional crucifixes.

Wood carving and sacred art

The carved figures by ALBL Oberammergau, life-size wooden sculptures for sacred buildings, churches and private chapels represent masterpieces of wood carving and carved sacred art. They are created in projects with liturgical designers, architects, facility departments in the dioceses and in together with clients, that want to realize private or public sacred art projects.