Art and Joy of Wood

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Art and joy of wood videos

As part of the preparations for this event, a number of videos and interviews exploring the art and joy of wood have been prepared and these are displayed below. Anyone interested in making a video podcast to describe what the art and joy of wood means to them can contact the conference organisers at: .

Interview with Dustin Tusnovics

posted Sep 11, 2011 7:16 AM by Adrian Whiteman   [ updated Sep 11, 2011 7:22 AM ]

Austrian architect Dustin Tusnovics talks about his work with wooden buildings and what he will be presenting at the conference on the "Art and Joy of Wood".

Musical Wood

posted Sep 11, 2011 7:00 AM by Adrian Whiteman

Many musical instruments are made with wood. This is one of the many ways that wood and wood products touch the lives of people every day. These connections will be explored at the conference on the "Art and Joy of Wood" in Bangalore, India, 19-22 October 2011.

FAO goes to school

posted Sep 11, 2011 6:50 AM by Adrian Whiteman

As part of the UN International Year of Forests, staff from the FAO Forestry Department visited Core International School, Rome, to see how much the children know about forests and forestry. The children had an excellent understanding of basic science and biology and had heard of important issues such as deforestation, but they knew much less about the causes of deforestation.

Talking about wood products, the children knew a lot about how wood is used and had lots of ideas about how they enjoy using wood products (musical instruments, sports, drawing, etc.). The challenge for foresters is to explain how sustainable production of wood products can benefit people while protecting the other benefits of forests that everyone enjoys.

Universal wood

posted Sep 11, 2011 6:43 AM by Adrian Whiteman

At the recent World Expo held in Shanghai - the "first universal exhibition to be held in a developing country" - wood has been widely showcased in state-of-the-art architecture, as an infrastructure jewel and as ancient artifacts and artistic pieces displayed within the pavilions (often made of wood). As a material naturally adapted for environmentally-friendly design, wood takes our future by the hand, bringing forward our fundamental values and traditions.

Interview with Felix Finkbeiner

posted Sep 11, 2011 6:35 AM by Adrian Whiteman   [ updated Sep 11, 2011 6:42 AM ]

Felix Finkbeiner, founder of "Plant for the Planet" describes why tree planting and forests is important for children and young people.


posted Apr 11, 2011 3:03 AM by Adrian Whiteman   [ updated Sep 11, 2011 6:40 AM ]

Chairs are an everyday object holding a strong symbolic value. To this day, whenever a meeting is held, somebody "chairs" it. Wooden chairs, in particular, demonstrate the versatility of wood and some of the more attractive qualities of wood as a natural material. This video explores how something as simple as a wooden chair can be used in so many different ways.

Holy Wood

posted Apr 11, 2011 2:59 AM by Adrian Whiteman   [ updated Apr 11, 2011 3:06 AM ]

Wood is not harmonious, homogenous and static and, on the island of Bali, wood is the living fabric of art, rutual and performance. Whether as an artistic object or a building material, wood shows how life and art are seamlessly intertwined.

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