Friday, November 30, 2012

An Unexpected Surprise

I hope you are not tired of my trip yet, I still have quite a few photos left (and a few more stories to tell too.)

My purpose for this trip was to learn more about Hövej  embroidery, but thanks to my friend Elisabeth, we did so much more!  After visiting the museum in Csorna (see yesterday's post) we traveled to smaller village of Bogyozló where we met a man by the name of Jenö Pinter.  He was a delightful man and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to meet him.


Mr. Pinter is also a Master of Folk Art - for wood carving. Like Mrs. Szigethy, he has dedicated his entire life to this art form.  It is his passion.  He has carved many beautiful wood pieces in his lifetime, including pieces of furniture like the ones below:




He also enjoys carving statues:



He even carved this monument which is standing in the center of the village:


While visiting him, we had a chance to go out back to his workshop and he demonstrated a little bit for me.  he even let me try it a little bit!





Aside from the fact that he was a very friendly and gracious host and it was very interesting to see many of his wood carvings, why was it important for me to meet him?  Mr. Pinter made most of the furniture pieces in Mrs. Szigethy's exhibit.  Would you like to take a second look?






Such talent!  What an unexpected surprise to be able to meet with another of Hungary's masters!

13 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh my!!! Ok, you have me again. I love Mr. Pinter's work! Amazing! You really had quite the experience of a lifetime! Gorgeous work -- I would so love to see his work in person!

mainelystitching said...

I do love woodworking!! You should write a travel brochure or something for this area - your insight and connections to the area have made me want to go! :)

Katrina said...

His work is completely amazing!!!!!! I can't say it enough, trip of a lifetime :-).

Krista said...

What an interesting trip, it must have been exciting to get a behind the scenes look at how it is done!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh my goodness, Cathy, that is just the cherry on top of the sundae there! What a serendipitous thing to experience. His work is supreme!

Lelia said...

no, no, not getting tired of your posts and pictures!!! this is wonderful - thanks for sharing

Siobhán said...

I am catching up on your blog posts and WOW. I am enjoying each and every photo and look forward to more. I agree with Barbara--you should do a travel brochure for that area. Or, something from the view of an American needleworker for other lovers of folk and native art. Really, really neat.

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

Wow what wonderful things you got to experience. This mans work is just incredible. What a gift he has.

Nicola said...

I am certainly not fed up and would like to see more. This is such a wonderful part of blogging for me.

Jan Sisson said...

Just now checking out your trip entries. Drop by to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Jan :)

Barb said...

His work is amazing. Again, thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

Wow!! Mr. Pinter's work is amazing! I have always admired woodcarving and would love to see a master like this at work.

Suzanne said...

Wow, what exquisite work, you can see why he is a master craftsman.