Cultural Heritage - Woodworking revisited

Old knowledge - ready for the future. The sparkling science project HR (Holzhandwerk revisited) combines traditional artisanship and new forms of communication, scientific research and a young approach to knowledge.

Copyright: Sebastian Nemestothy

Wood – from past to present

A highly complex and nowadays almost forgotten tradition of woodworking has developed over time and has been passed orally. Historical film footage or documentaries for cinema, TV or online purposes however often do not meet the standards of scientific documentation. Even though the processing of wood has changed considerably - from farm or manual processing to ultra-modern industrial products, wood will obtain an even more important role considering shortage of resources or climate change and it will remain one of our most important raw materials. 

Historical knowledge about wood processing will play a crucial part in ensuring a sustainable exploitation of our forests. The HR (Holzhandwerk revisited) project aims at a thorough and scientific documentation guided by experts on wood and moving images of known wood processing techniques in order to pass on valuable knowledge to future generations via contemporary means of communication. 

Old traditions, new filmic formats

The documentation is supposed to portray woodworking techniques as detailed as possible. Not only woodcraft but also filmmaking and knowledge transfer are therefore imparted. The goal of the project is to think of new formats for educational documentaries and to exemplify them. At the same time, the project will concentrate on a contemporary and attractive presentation from young adults for young adults – museums and web platforms are going to present the videos online.


By involving students, media creators and woodworkers, it was possible to create an attractive, modern layout for the films. This is especially important since the content is rather difficult to access. With a total of over 40.000 hits (as of March 2020) on two distribution channels on YouTube (project playlist on and Holzverwendung) the project can be rated as extremely successful. 60 % of hits do not come via the project community, but have been recommended exclusively via the platform. Feedback and evaluation show that the use of several cameras to record events from several angles simultaneously is particularly well received.

The film format was also successfully tested: Students of the HTL Mödling’s Department of Wood Technology provided with the materials and tools were largely able to produce the products after studying the films.




von Suess, R., Grabner, M., Baumann, C., Blasinger, F., Nemestothy, S., Stiefelbauer, C., Vogt, G., & Winkler, J. (2020). Woodworking Revisited – Employing State-of-the-Art Video Technologies in Educational Contexts. The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 19(2), 13.
Grabner, M., von Suess, R., Winkler, J., Nemestothy, S., Blasinger, F., & Vogt, G. (2019). Holzhandwerk revisited - Forschungsfest Niederösterreich im Palais Niederösterreich [Projektpräsentation]. Forschungsfest Niederösterreich, Palais Niederösterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Wien.
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Grabner, M., & von Suess, R. (2019). Herstellung eines Birkenreisigbesens | Holzhandwerk revisited [Edutorial; Videobeitrag].
Grabner, M., & von Suess, R. (2019). Herstellung eines Haussegens | Holzhandwerk revisited [Edutorial; Videobeitrag].
Grabner, M., & von Suess, R. (2019). Herstellung eines Zaunrings | Holzhandwerk revisited [Edutorial; Videobeitrag].
Baumann, C., & Blasinger, F. (2018, November 27). Animationstechniken in Educational VR [Presentation]. Tagung 2018: In Wirklichkeit Animation…, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria.
Grabner, M., & von Suess, R. (2018). Herstellung eines Zaunrings 360° | Holzhandwerk revisited [Edutorial 360; 360° Video].
Grabner, M., & von Suess, R. (2018). Herstellung eines Holznagels | Holzhandwerk revisited [Edutorial; Videobeitrag].
Grabner, M., & von Suess, R. (2018). Behauen von Rundholz 360° | Holzhandwerk revisited [Edutorial 360; 360° Video].

Sparkling Science – School, Science and Society

HR_Future is based on an equally enriching collaboration of pupils and scientist of various disciplines. Sparkling Science is a national funding program to promote science amongst young people. It concentrates on research projects encouraging young people to work alongside scientists and researchers on current research topics. This method is also called “Citizen Science”.

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Academic Director Media Technology (BA)
Course Leader Film, TV and Media - Creation and Distribution (MA)
Department of Media and Digital Technologies
Head of c-tv
Location: A - Campus-Platz 1
M: +43/676/847 228 886
External project manager
Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Michael Grabner, University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU)
External Staff
Sebastian Nemestothy
Corinna Stiefelbauer BSc
  • University of Natural Ressources and Life Sciences Vienna (Lead)
  • Rudolf Steiner School Wien West
  • Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing
Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics - Sparkling Science
09/30/2017 – 09/29/2019
Involved Institutes, Groups and Centers
Institute of Creative\Media/Technologies
Research Group Media Creation