Peter Mansbendel Book
Around 2005, I searched “Swiss woodcarvers in Texas” on the web and a out of print exhibition booklet popped up about Swiss master woodcarver Peter Mansbendel. After tracking down a copy, the photos and stories of Peter’s life (1883-1940) and work so intrigued and inspired me, that I began researching him more thoroughly. After encouragement from several people, including Peter’s grandchildren, historian Peter Maxion and others, I began writing a book about this amazing carver and sculptor.
In 2015, I completed the book “Peter Mansbendel “How a Swiss immigrant carved his way into Texas history.” The book is a hardback and in full color and contains 226 pages (8.5 x 11) with over 700 photos. It contains historical information about Mr. Mansbendel and explains his importance in Texas Art History and showcases his beautiful art work. You will also find pages of historic Texas homes with their Mansbendel carved ornamental elements such as mantles, newel posts, moldings, corbels, capitals, columns and other decorative and figurative elements. In addition, there are sections with facts, photographs and stories about Mansbendel from his family, friends and clients. I think if you enjoy decorative woodcarving and sculpting and historical information you would enjoy the book.