2019 World Wood Day event in Austria is jointly organized by the World Wood Day Foundation (WWDF) and the International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) to explore the theme Change. World Wood Day (March 21st) will observe its seventh celebration and anticipate about 550 participants from more than 90 countries and regions from around the world from March 20-24, 2019 at the Austrian Open Air Stubing, City of Graz in Austria.

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Tree Planting

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The Tree Planting will be held on March 21st inside the compound of the Austria Open-Air Museum. It is an essential WWD program that contributes to climate change, environmental change and sustainable development. The tree species to be planted by the participants and organizers will be carefully evaluated and chosen by researchers.

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Symposium

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First Call for Papers and Posters- online abstract submission by November 30th, 2018.

Theme: Change – from tradition to innovation

The 2019 WWD Symposium and the 2nd IUFRO Forest Products Culture Research Group Colloquium which will be held from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd of March 2019 in the Austrian Open Air Museum Stuebing is following the above general theme. You are asked to send abstracts for oral presentations as well as for poster presentations within the five topics listed below. The symposium will be supported by IUFRO, IAWA and IAWS.

Topic 1: Sustainable wood utilization starts with proper tree species identification
Keynote: Gerald Koch, Thuenen Institute, Hamburg, Germany
Paolo Cerutti, CIFOR, Nairobi, Kenya

A tremendous variety of wood species is available but some species no longer exist due to over-exploitation. Having tree species listed on CITES will help to safeguard them, and yet it still requires solutions to the traditional use for musical instruments and artists.

Within this session, topics such as wood identification, combatting illegal logging and trade, the impact of certifications, and wood species selection/replacement should be discussed. All talks will focus on wood use and wood culture.

Topic 2: Wooden buildings – tradition and innovation
Keynote: Gerhard Schickhofer, Technical University of Graz, Austria
The biggest quantity of wood has been and is still used today for wooden buildings. Increasing the sustainable use of wood has to be considered for this major application of timber.

Within this session, topics such as surveys of ancient wooden buildings, special architectural solutions related to wood protection, new concepts of wooden buildings, modern materials based on renewable resources for buildings, and examples of new and modern wooden buildings should be discussed.

Topic 3: Wood-based musical instruments, Art and Design
Keynote: Iris Bremaud, CNRS, Montpellier, France
Wood is the key-material for musical instruments, artistic artefacts and is an important raw material in design. Within this session, topics such as survey and description of traditional wooden musical instruments, art-objects, and traditional as well as new wooden-based design should be discussed.

Within this session, topics such as survey and description of traditional wooden musical instruments, art-objects, and traditional as well as new wooden-based design should be discussed.

Topic 4: Education – an essential tool for forest sustainability and wood utilization
Keynote: Sandra Rodríguez-Pineros, Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Mexico
Education is the key element for a sustainable future. Case studies of education in relation to wood culture should foster the interest in this topic and will bring new ideas for education.
Within this session, topics such as teaching projects dealing with forests and timber and new ideas in teaching wood culture, sustainable forestry, and how to inspire alternative uses of wood should be discussed.

 

Topic 5: Non-wood forest products
Keynote: Anthony Cunningham, Honorary Professor of The University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
Non-wood forest products have played an important role in the past for various uses. And today there is an increasing interest in sustainable raw materials next to wood.
Within this session, topics such as utilization of bamboo and rattan (in former times and modern applications) and all other non-wood utilization of forest products such as resins, herbaceous plants, fungi, etc. should be discussed. The functions of forests as a protection from natural hazards to safeguard water supply and to be the basis of eco-tourism are also highly welcome.

Please send any inquiry by email to program coordinator (symposium@worldwoodday.org).


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International Woodcarving Show

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The international wood carving program provides a platform for artists to showcase their craftsmanship and serves as a nexus for the public to enter a dialogue with the carvers directly. The program has hosted 120+ wood carvers from more than 80 different countries and regions and visitors are expected to see various wood carving styles being presented during the event.

Taking place in Austrian open air museum Stübing, 2019 international wood carving will feature both individual and groups carving, on-site workshops and a final exhibition including artwork presentations, which will be held in Congress Graz.


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International Young Adult Furniture Making Invitational (IYAFMI)

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The International Young Adult Furniture Making Invitational (IYAFMI) 2019 will comprise of the Individual Project and the Team Collaboration Project. The Individual Project is a source of personal pride to invitees which should result in varying national interpretations of the theme Change and a widely diverse range of projects. The Team Collaboration Project is an exercise in international collaboration, support and an opportunity for invitees to interact with peers and Team Leaders to shine. Team Austria, as the host country representative, will demonstrate the essence of Austrian craftsmanship and introduce a variety of local timber species from their project to the public. In addition, the involvement in the Stockmuehle Reconstruction Project and cross-program collaboration are going to be highlights of the IYAFMI and an extraordinary experience for all invitees.


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Woodturning Demonstration

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To continuously promote and popularize the woodturning craft, we will as usual invite woodturning artists to introduce and demonstrate woodturning skills by using the advanced electric lathe and the traditional human-powered lathe. There are some mini-lathes for children to experience the fun of woodturning.

The Woodturning Demonstration isn’t merely a platform for woodturning artists to share and exchange their skills, but a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the history and knowledge of turning. Aside from the demonstration performed by the masters, audience is also encouraged to experience the woodturning craft under the guidance of the demonstrators.


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Wood Design

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Wood Design is an amalgamation of many different disciplines, all centered around a common starting point: wood and forest products. Led by Wendy Maruyama, the Wood Design team comprises practitioners in furniture making, industrial design, and installation/interior design and members of the team all utilize this material as a problem solving tool, looking for new and unique ways to understand and manipulate it. Wood design takes a contemporary look at a timeless material and asks, “what more can we do with this?”. The cooperation process is an ongoing effort to emphasize the material as a global language. The program aims to explore the material’s potential for addressing a variety of concerns in culture and nature that also reflects the annual theme.


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Folk Art & Traditional Craftsmanship Workshop

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The Folk Art and Craftsmanship Workshop program presents a variety of folk art handicrafts from different cultures and provides hands-on workshops for audience of all ages to experience authentic crafts-making. The audience can find the beauty and essence of various craftsmanships while enjoying the interactive activities and lively demonstrations.


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Music Performance

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In this ever-changing world, embracing the changes shall bring new harmonies to the world. However, we shall never forgo the past that we built upon. The previous WWD music festivals focused on multi-cultural interchange though traditional wooden instruments and traditional musical performances. A concert and music performances will be held at Concert Hall Stefaniensaal in Graz,a World Cultural Heritage Site, and Austrian Open Air Museum Stübing. The new and the old wooden sounds from around the world will be gathered there to change how people perceive wooden music. Let us embrace the change and remember the past.


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Children's Event

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It is our duty to teach the young generation the responsible use of wood because wood plays a prominent role in our daily life and in a sustainable future. Wood education class is designed to nurture a sense of respect and responsibility towards wood, forest and nature that not only aims to impart key points, but more importantly to ignite a love and interest towards wood in those young and innocent hearts at an early age. First-hand experiences help us pass our passion of wood to the future generation and let the children witness, participate and truly enjoy the process of making art with wood.


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Stockmuehle Reconstruction

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Reconstruction of a water mill called Stockmuehle will be conducted by a team of well-known international and Austrian carpenters led by the Austrian Open-Air Museum during the 2019 World Wood Day event. A duplicate of the "Pahl" mill will be built with historical tools and techniques and exhibited at the Austrian Open-Air Museum.


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Photo Contest

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The online photo contest is one of the annual WWD programs. The 2019 WWD Photo Contest is emphasizing the theme of “CHANGE,” and it categorizes into “People, Heritage, and Environment,” and looking for photographs that can best represent what has been changed to people’s perception of wood use and how the change is affecting the world today.

The contest is held on VOUBS, and submissions open on Sept. 1, 2018 and close on Jan. 15, 2019.

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