National Geographic : 1935 Dec
FROM MILES AROUND-EVEN FROM ACROSS THE SEA-THEY COME TO LEARN THE ART OFSCULPTURE INWOOD Students at the State Woodcarving School at Oberammergau have included several from the United States, although most ofthem come from thetown itself, from surrounding villages, or from Munich. Girls and boys may enter. Heavy rocks in the bottom of the workstands hold them steady while thesculptors, with chisel and knife, turn blocks of well-seasoned walnut, maple, or pear wood into lifelike figures representing Christ ontheCross, theMadonna and Child, the Apostles and Saints. The mechanical age has dealt a blow to this, the town's leading occupation (see text, page 761).