The goal is to preserve the knowledge about wood use and woodworking.

Several approaches to securing knowledge exist:
1) Search for old literature and information from archives
2) Analysis of existing wooden objects (both in museums and in the environment)
3) Documentation (especially using films) of various craftworks by experienced craftsmen
4) Description of prehistoric wood utilization
5) Exact description of the characteristics of today not used wood species


"The traditional way of working and the economy, the inherited skills, knowledge, experiences and conditions and with them much needed language and cultural property are moving higher up the forests and mountains." wrote Josef Blau in 1917.

Unfortunately, the last few decades have barely managed to halt the loss of knowledge - on the contrary, the processes have been accelerated ....

We want to try to rediscover existing knowledge and to present it. But it's important to keep the knowledge and skills alive ...

Therefore, we are settling cooperation across a variety of disciplines. This starts with primary production, forestry. A very important part is the selection of the wood (wood species and special parts of a tree / shrub - for example the use of crooked wood). Here, of course, the entire field of craft is of importance. The analysis of tool traces also provides important information - experimental archeology tries to emulate it. Wood science determines the age, and characteristics of the wood. In folklore/ethnology, there are many references to wood use. Research of plants in landscapes, shaping it (such as fences) completes the picture. Old literature and archives are analyzed by historians and environmental historians. But old wood also causes problems - the conservators take care of it. Very important pieces of the puzzle are the operators of museums and collections - here real treasures are available. There is a lot of knowledge and experience about the preservation and there are good opportunities for knowledge transfer to the public.



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Michael Grabner

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Institute of Wood Technology and Renewable Materials
Konrad Lorenzstrasse 24
A-3430 Tulln
Email: michael.grabner@boku.ac.at
Phone: (0043)(0)1-47654-89128
Fax:     (0043)(0)1-47654-89109