The Tryavna art school is the oldest Revival school in Bulgaria. Together with architecture and iconography, woodcarving is one of its main subjects.
The simplest form of woodcarving is shepherds’. With just a pocket knife, shepherds adorn distaffs, walking sticks, spoons, lanterns.
Home woodcarving consists of the artistic shaping of home iconostases, doors, ceilings, rosettes and other home items.
The most complex form is church woodcarving. The Tryavna masters make iconostases, thrones of bishops and pulpits for the churches in hundreds of places in Bulgaria.
Woodcarvers artistically rework various natural forms depending on their ideas of the world and aesthetic feeling.