Tarcisio Ambrosioni, stubborn forger and scissors maker, in 1962, for health reasons, must leave his dear Premana to search for alternative solution...

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An artist is coming?

An artist is coming?

Mrs. Rita Arcaleni lives in Burago di Molgora, a little town in the neighborhood of Monza (Milan, Italy) and she has been working for an Information Technologies company since 1974. She is married and has three daughters (from 22 to 32 years old), all patiently putting up with wood chips scattered on the floor.  We got in contact with Mrs Rita during her looking around for her new hobby and we are glad to tell her story and show you the pictures of her carved pieces.

Rita's latest works ..

In June 2006 Mrs. Rita, tired of tricot and decoupage, decides to start with her new hobby: wood carving. She attends some free courses on the Internet and investigates about tools with no satisfactory results, because there are no specialized shops near her house, when she  finally discovers the ‘Bottega del Coltello’ and  ‘Codega’ home pages. She has a blitz on Mr. Eligio Ambrosioni’s shop  and , after buying  some knives (Codega) and gouges (Pfeil), she feels she can start carving. But a new difficulty arises: where to buy wood in small quantity (= less then a whole forest…)  and unrefined wood pieces (like pots, jars, boxes..) suitable for carving?
In the meanwhile she discovers that in the narrow space of a common apartment and with no teacher the easiest way to start is chip carving (with knives). In August 2006 , with the help of some books about carving, written by some famous Valdaosta carvers, and thanks to bad weather condition (against  seaside holidays), she cuts her first basswood tablet! How a disappointing result!
desperation…, then…


   a first acceptable rosette (basswood, 30 cm. x 30 cm.)

and more pieces….

a pot (alder) cm 20


a wood dish (maple) cm 20


a jeweler box (basswood, fully  made by hand, Ø 15 cm.)

Obviously she knows that she is at the very beginning and that she has still a lot to learn, anyway she has decided to start,  'straight doing it’ and occasionally emailing experienced and really patient people (special thanks to Mr. Michele F.).


 "bergamasco" folding knife
made by Codega - Premana - Italy
handle ingraved by Rita A.

you can contact Rita A. at this e-mail: