The Oud and Luthier

The Oud and Luthier

Jan 26 2015

Oud is an ancient string instrument that can be prevalently found in the Arabic world. It is the origin of guitar and is also known as "the prince of Arabic instruments". Mr. Nazih Ghadban is not only an oud luthier but also a performer. He has been trying and experimenting various types of wood in the world in order to make his oud to be qualified as the melodious sound and fell into the category of the aesthetics at the same time.

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Mameli's Mask in Mamoiada

Mameli's Mask in Mamoiada

Oct 19 2014

Mamoiada is situated in the centre of Sardinia, the second biggest island of Italy. Sardinia’s Mamuthones is an ancient carnival which can dates back to 2,000 years ago. During the carnival, people wear black mask to scare devils away, and wear white mask to embrace the incoming spring. Next time when you visit Sardinia, besides the delicious cuisine and the fascinating Mediterranean, why don't you stop by Mr. Ruggero Mameli's workshop?  He's been working on these traditional masks for more than 30 years, his collections will absolutely amaze you.

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Irish Stone Wall Project

Irish Stone Wall Project

Jul 03 2014

The IWCS video crew had flew to Ireland and captured the making of  this amazing "stone wall," created by collective efforts of international wood artists. This collaborative project is curated by Australian wood turner/artist Terry Martin. Éigse Carlow Arts Festival  Come along to VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art to see this wonderful sculpture!! This exhibition brings together ten of the most intriguing and creative wood artists practicing today from all over the world, alongside ten of Ireland’s leading practitioners. This group of sculptors, furniture makers, carvers and turners will work together under the artistic direction of Terry Martin (AUS). Over a week-long studio-based collaborative work creative week-long process in Carlow this June, they will assemble a large-scale sculpture in the form of a wall, approximately 12 feet in length. This work will be installed in the VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art.

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The Birth of a Gondola

The Birth of a Gondola

Nov 28 2013

The beautiful Venice Gondola made with the skill that represents the refinement of Italian craftsmanship passed down from 16 and 17 century, is a cultural heritage that embodies values and stories of it. The launching ceremony for blessing presented in this video enables viewers to have a better insight of this traditional woodcraft.

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Carve Beyond Reality - Wood Carving Contest in Kenya

Carve Beyond Reality - Wood Carving Contest in Kenya

Feb 03 2013

It is rare to see wood sculpturing competition in Kenya, not to mention in Nanyuki, a town located north of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. In August 2012, 22 local wood artists assembled to reveal their true talent.

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Porto Wine and Rabelo Boats in Portugal

Porto Wine and Rabelo Boats in Portugal

Nov 08 2012

The Race of Rabelo Boats is an annual competition which first started in 1983. Held in the second biggest city in Portugal, the competition aims to preserve the tradition of Porto wine transportation. Cellars alongside Douro River are sponsors who are also responsible for the maintenance and repair of each Rabelo boat.

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