Set of 10 wooden bird figurines on a pendant. Thanks to the appropriate fastening, it is perfect as a hanging ornament, e.g. a Christmas tree or chandelier. The birds are all made by hand, according to the traditional technique of production, by folk artists from the place famous for making wooden birds. The figurines are painted with extraordinary precision and imagination. The intense colors draw attention. Ecological paints and clear varnish were used to paint the bird. Today, older creators are mainly engaged in the production of wooden birds, who are not always able to find among the younger generation those willing to continue this tradition. It's a good idea to include these hand-made, original figurines in your collection before they are replaced by machine-made decorations.
The birds are sold in randomly chosen colors to ensure the maximum variety of shades and colors.
Birds are carved in soft, lime or pine-wood (if it is pine-wood, there has to be its special selected kind, the so called ‘wermutka’). It takes great precision and talent to make such a figurine, however the work itself is simple in technical terms. Ordinary tools suffice, and a sophisticated workshop is not necessary. First a body is carved out with a pen-knife. A shape made in this way must be smoothened with sand paper. Later legs are made with a piece of bent wire which is screwed into wood. The last task is to paint the figurine. This work stage requires special attention in case of birds that represent real species. Their colours and characteristic plumage must be shown relatively realistically. Mrs Ludwika and Mr Władysłąw exclusively use ecological paints for decorating birds..
Mrs Ludwika and Mr Władysław are a married couple from Stryszawa. They have occupied themselves with carving and painting birds since their childhood. They have learnt that art from their father and grandfather. Mrs Ludwika started helping her husband in this activity. They have passed their family tradition on their children and their granddaughter, Paulinka.
Mrs Ludwika and Mr Władysłąw are inspired by nature. Woodpeckers, waxwings, tits, storks and cocks can be listed among their figurines. One can find birds of paradise which do not represent a concrete species. Mrs Ludwika and Mr Władysław are members of Folk Artists Association in Lublin.
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