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© Nora Engels
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Nora Engels

  • Wood sculptor
  • Samedan, Switzerland
  • Master Artisan
Nora Engels Wood sculptor
German, English, Italian
By appointment only
+41 794465535
© Nora Engels

The joy of living creatively

  • • Nora comes from the Swiss region of Engadine
  • • She started woodcarving as a hobby
  • • She creates lifelike sculptures and ornaments

Nora Engels grew up in the Swiss canton of Graubünden with a passion for wood sculpture, a craft her father taught her. She decided to formally train at the Brienz woodcarving school and is now an accomplished craftswoman, having opened her workshop in January 2021 in her hometown of Samedan. Her lifelike sculptures include animals, figurines and full-scale creations, and her skill for detailed carving can make her pieces seem like wooden embroidery. She describes her strength as the ability to animate her work and make it come alive. As well as woodcarving, Nora has an eye for design and likes to use other materials such as steel, offering a fresh perspective on this ancient craft and its possibilities.

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  • © Nora Engels
  • © Nora Engels
  • © Nora Engels
  • © Nora Engels
  • © Nora Engels
Photo: © Nora Engels

This sculpture by artist Nora Engels shows an ibex standing on a rock. The animal and the rock are carved from noble dark brown walnut wood, which represents the connection between wildlife and nature and the power they both hold. The eyes of the ibex are coloured, which enhances its gaze.

Length 27 cm
Width 14 cm
Height 40 cm

Photo: © Nora Engels
Wall decoration

This finely crafted wall decoration is carved from lime wood and has a diameter of 80cm. The detailed carving by Nora Engels plays with the shapes and spaces in between them, giving the piece a light feeling. The flowers and the acanthus depicted in the carving produce a harmonious, delicate effect.

Diameter 80 cm

Photo: © Nora Engels

This undulating wall sculpture depicts leaves of different sizes with openings in between them, a speciality of artist Nora Engels, who carves wood in a delicate way, playing with shapes and the spaces around them. This piece is carved from lime wood.

Length 85 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 6 cm

Photo: © Nora Engels

This sculpture by Nora Engels depicts a life-sized golden eagle, ready for take-off, standing on a dark brown rock. Its feathers give it a certain lightness despite its impressive size. Carved from tilia wood, the large talons and the coloured eyes of the animal give a vibrant and natural feel to this sculpture.

Length 150 cm
Width 80 cm
Height 100 cm

Photo: © Nora Engels

This sculpture by Nora Engels depicts a grandfather sitting with a pipe in his mouth. Made of gypsum, the sculpture is colourfully painted, making the figure appear lifelike. The man radiates cheerfulness behind his white beard and big eyebrows. At 30cm tall, this small sculpture acts as a little protector for the owner.

Length 14 cm
Width 9 cm
Height 25 cm

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