Long before it became famous for its watches, chocolate, and ski resorts, Switzerland was known for its woodworkers. The town of Brienz, set on the far-eastern edge of Lake Brienz, became a particular hub for this craft; by 1900, of the 3,000-odd town residents, more than half were woodworkers. Although there are far fewer wood artisans in Brienz today, the town’s Swiss Woodcarving Museum highlights this remarkable craft. Displays here include intricately whittled roses, popular 19th century cooking tools, cuckoo clocks, and sculptural modern furnishings. Downstairs you can watch students at the country’s best woodworking school turn hunks of pear wood into harps, cabinetry and other beautiful objects you’ll wish you could take home.
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