"Young Masters Shape the Future of Woodworking"

About Young Masters Project

The Young Masters Traditional Touch to the Preservation of Wooden Heritage: Master Hands-Young Brains Cooperation Project, carried out under the leadership of YAPIMED and in partnership with IU and EKBMM, is carried out with the participation of Zincirlikuyu ISOV Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School students.

“Youngmasters” project is supported under the “Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue between Turkey and the EU-II (CCH-I)” implemented by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism with the financial support of the European Union. The “Grant Scheme for Common Cultural Heritage: Preservation and Dialogue between Turkey and the EU-II (CCH-II)” aims at promotion and enhancement of common cultural heritage activities implemented in partnership between Turkish and EU organizations. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is responsible institution for the technical implementation of the Grant scheme Programme, while the Central Finance and Contracts Unit is the Contracting Authority.

Traditional Touch in The Protection of Wooden Heritage
Master Hands-Young Minds Collaboration Project
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Turkish Wood Art and Project Concept

Wood art in Anatolia developed with the Anatolian Seljuks, and kündekari and carved woodwork formed the characteristic of the period. This art, which continues by preserving its originality, gave the best examples of the use of kündekari, carving and inlay techniques in the Ottoman Period. The art of kündekari, in which precious works are created, has been simplified by the adoption of European-origin styles since the 18th century; At the end of this century, wooden materials started to be processed with machines. However, traditional techniques and craftsmanship continued from father to son. Today, there are very few skilled craftsmen who continue the art of wood with its traditional and cultural meaning. The art of wood carving and kündekari, which is the document of our cultural history and traditions, is in danger of extinction due to mass production, lack of sectoral demand for handcraft, and the aging masters cannot find apprentices to transfer their art. In this project, taking as an example the transfer of traditional wood carving and kündekari arts from father to son, from master to apprentice for centuries; continuation of this traditional chain in schools with masters and vocational high school students is presented as a solution proposal.

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Online Exhibition

The on-line exhibition, consisting of audio-visual materials will continue to be displayed on the YAPIMED, IU ve EKBMM websites and international social media and cultural institutions. In this way, it is planned to sustain national and international awareness on the preservation of traditional wooden handicrafts and wooden cultural heritage.

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Bu proje Avrupa Birliği tarafından finanse edilmektedir.
This project is funded by the European Union.
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