The woodcarving industry has flourished in Gherdëina since the 17th century. Since the 19th century, statues and altars carved in the area have been shipped to Catholic churches throughout the world. In the 19th and 20th century, carving of wooden toys was such a widespread occupation in all Gardenese families that Amelia Edwards called Urtijëi the "capital of Toyland." Mostly known is the Peg wooden doll which was popular all over Europe and America in the 19th century. The Parish Church of Urtijëi displays a rich collection of statues carved by local artists in the last two centuries.