Lemko wood carving – a journey of the soul

Combing through the history of Lemkos from southeastern Poland led me to listening to their songs, looking at their artwork, reading familiar stories of ethnicity denial, institutionalized re-categorization, assimilation and re-definition. And amidst all of it was the preservation of something that lay so deep at their heart that they never gave it up – their art of wood carving, powerfully intertwined with the workings of the nature to which the people themselves were tuned, and tapped them as creative sources.

Walter Maksimovich from Maryland put together this wonderful video showcasing the works of two wood carvers, Andriy Sukhorsky and Ivan Maksimovich. It will give you a good look at how skillful Lemko carvers are at investing their pieces with emotion and… well, life itself.