After the six primary classes in the villages, he began his
apprenticeship as a fitter under his father's guidance at
the Győr Wagon Factory, at the age of 12. Eight children grew
up of the 11, four boys and four girls. The head of the family
decreed that the boys were to be fitters, the girls weavers.
(Before the family was scattered by fate, his wish was realized.)
On his way to work, Laci often stopped in front of the shopwindow
of a Győr sculptor to daydream about becoming a sculptor himself.
It took long for him to visit the owner of the shop, Gyula
Földessy, to ask him to take him on as an assistant. He soon
left the parental home and moved to his master's in Győr.
He was fourteen. He learnt wood and stone carving, modelling
restoring, ivory carving. They restored church interiors,
statues, paintings, making portraits, full figures of saints