Merry Cemetery : Sapanta Romania

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While visiting friends in Romania we had the awesome opportunity to visit Cimitirul Vesel, better known as the Merry Cemetery in Sapanta, Maramures. This has been on my list of places to visit for quite some time. The cemetery is filled with hundreds of colorful woodcarved grave markers. Each tombstone includes a carved scene which represents the deceased with a carved narrative about the person beneath.

Exploring this wonderful place is fascinating! I was thankful our hosts were patient with me as I examined the craftsmanship and creativity surrounding me. The slideshow above is a fraction of the images I captured during my stay. I departed the Merry Cemetery inspired with many new and creative ideas. I hope to find the time to tackle a few of the many ideas which resulted from the tour.


  1. I found your you tube video of carving a star ornament. I’m just learning to carve and found the video extremely helpful. Thank you for posting it.

    1. Greetings Debby G,

      Thanks for your comment. I’m happy you found the ornament carving video helpful. That particular ornament is a fun project to carve. I just started a larger carving which uses the finished ornament carving as a starting point. You can see the initial image of me cutting it out of basswood on my band saw on my Instagram feed. I’ll post progress photos of the piece on Instagram as I work on it, and there’ll certainly be a blog post here when it’s complete.

      Have fun carving and don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have about the craft. Happy Holidays! ~john

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