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Bogorodsk (Богородск), in existence for at least 500 years, is an old, and rather small, settlement situated about 40 miles from Moscow. It lies directly in the heart of a grand Russian forest, where it was formerly known as Медвежий угол (Bear Corner) because of the thick woods. Here, master wood carvers, with fine-tuned skills, tools and trade secrets, handed down carving traditions throughout a great many generations. Interestingly, although the settlement was renamed Noginsk in 1930, the town and its woodcarvers still prefer the name Bogorodsk. As commercialism replaces the high cost of talent, the production of fine quality carvings has quickly disappeared. We have only one of each shown here.

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