Around 2004, I searched “Swiss woodcarvers in Texas” on the web and an out of print exhibition catalog popped up about Swiss woodcarver Peter Mansbendel. Little did I know that search would change my life. After tracking down a copy of the catalog, 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, Ebby Halliday and others, I began writing a book about this amazing carver and sculptor.
After ten years of research and writing, I completed the book “Peter Mansbendel – How a Swiss immigrant carved his way into Texas history” in 2015. The book is a hardback and in full color and contains 228 pages (8.5 x 11) with over 700 photos (some historic photos are B/W). The book 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.
Peter Mansbendel–“How a Swiss Immigrant Carved his way into Texas History” by Douglas R. Oliver. Published in 2015. The book is available directly from this website, and is priced at $45 plus $5 Shipping and Handling (US only-Foreign shipping additional (PayPal accepted-link below)