Schimmel, Wilhelm – American Folk Carver

Wilhelm Schimmel

Wilhelm Schimmel, regarded today as one of America’s most famous folk carvers, was a colorful itinerant who roamed throughout the Cumberland Valley region of Pennsylvania in the latter half of the nineteenth century. He likely immigrated to America from the Hesse-Darmstadt region of Germany.

Over the course of at least 21 years, from 1869 to 1890 the year he died, Schimmel stayed with families mostly of German descent. He moved from farm [...] Click here to continue reading.

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