Please meet Kurt Reichmann. He is a hurdy gurdy maker from Frankfurt, Germany. His passion to build this instrument and promoting it have brought him a Federal Cross of Merit and a Musical Instrument Museum which has the largest number of bagpipes and hurdy gurdies. Moreover, he sees himself as a promoter of cultural and musical history. It is very important to him to connect people from different heritage. It was an absolute pleasure to talk to him and be able to get a little impression of what he does and has been doing. Enjoy watching the film!
Life. An immeasurable interweaving of uncountable phenomena. An utterly inter-dependent web of seamless unfolding's. Arising, passing away..Arising, passing away..Arising, passing away. Each time one thing passes, something new is born. Each leaf that curls and fades, offers the nutrients of it's life to nourish the seed of another. Breathing in, we receive life. Breathing out, we give life. Plant life giving birth to animal life. Animal life giving birth to plant life. In every moment this sacred cycle repeats. With out one, the other cannot survive. A profound and unbreakable connection. Man and Tree are not two but one. It can be no other way.
A journey into the future of the diverse uses and realities through which wood marks and bounds, in an enduring naturalness, the existence of man to its own. A stream of images and sounds will try to express in a visual synthesis the concept of “Wood and Humanity”.
For two decades Bob and Lillian Bohlen have been on a mission to change the art world's perception of wood art, from craft to fine art. By supporting and challenging wood artists to find their unique style and explore new techniques, the Bohlens have been catalysts for the development of the wood art movement. They have collected 1140 pieces and given 870 to 17 U.S. museums. The Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts recently put on "Audacious," the third exhibit of their collection. Here, the curator and the Bohlens tell the remarkable story of the wood art movement through the stunning work on display.
An optical fiber field engineer living in rural New England finds balance and connection in the old ways of woodworking. He demonstrates how anyone can make a dovetail joint with hand tools, and shares his insights on the role wood plays in our lives. While encouraging us to unplug and truly connect beyond our telephones, he discovers something he never realized before.
Wood is everywhere in our lives, a reliable and sustainable biomaterial that features in every detail of our everyday living. If we take a close look at our daily lives, we will see that it's not only a piece of wood, it's a living thing.