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Slovak woodcarving unveiled in the USA

A LARGE, handmade, animated woodcarving depicting folk life as it has existed in Slovakia for centuries has become a new attraction in central and western Pennsylvania, where it was im-ported from Slovakia.
The first of five sections of this unique work of art, four feet wide, six feet deep, and eight feet tall, is now on display. The section has seven scenes with 28 moving and 18 static figures.


photo: Courtesy of Slovak Folk Arts

A LARGE, handmade, animated woodcarving depicting folk life as it has existed in Slovakia for centuries has become a new attraction in central and western Pennsylvania, where it was im-ported from Slovakia.

The first of five sections of this unique work of art, four feet wide, six feet deep, and eight feet tall, is now on display. The section has seven scenes with 28 moving and 18 static figures. The focal point of the work is a large manger scene. Jozef Pekara, an 83-year-old master woodcarver, is designing this five-section woodcarving based on the one he created in the western Slovak town of Rajecká Lesná. Vlado Tomko and Miloš Karabin, two younger woodcarvers, worked six months in Slovakia to create this first section.

The second section took another six months to complete and will arrive from Slovakia soon. It will take an additional 18 months for the craftsmen to carve the remaining three sections from basswood. When complete, the woodcarving exhibition will be 17 feet wide, 6 feet deep and 8 feet tall. It will include 32 scenes featuring people doing various everyday activities surrounded by scale models of famous castles, churches, and other buildings in Slovakia.

The artistic creation is on display at the Folk Crafts store, located at exit 113 on highway I-79, one mile east of the Grove City factory shops on Route 208. Admission to see the display is free. The store hours are Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00.

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