We learned that when mining came to a standstill in the 17th century in Germany, miners had to find other ways to make their income. Some turned to agriculture and others turned to making textiles or woodworking.
Woodwork and wood carving skills have been passed down through the generations and are now synonymous with traditional German craftsmanship and instilled in the German woodworking community. Just ask Udo and the team from Arbortech’s German office.
This craftsmanship extends beyond toys and ornaments and into structural endeavours and, of course, the famous beer hall.
Interestingly, some of the earlier beer halls were often temporary structures built by breweries and used in the celebration of Oktoberfest.
Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and is held annually in Munich in the 17 or 18 days leading up to the first Sunday in October. Originally, the festivities were held in the fields in front of the city gates of Munich in 1810, to celebrate the royal wedding of King Louis I to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.
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Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture and is held annually in Munich in the 17 or 18 days leading up to the first Sunday in October.
Did you know that it is traditionally forbidden to drink any beer other than Munich-brewed beer at Oktoberfest? Known as ‘Oktoberfestbier’ it is stronger than normal beer, at around 6%.
The celebratory coming together of people is what shines through the festivities and the joyous sharing of food and culture.
Let the fun begin! For two weeks, people party, drink and eat in the Bavarian capital.
The festival has since been held yearly and has expanded to other cities across the world, modeled on the original Munich event. In the year 1811 following the royal wedding, the event was combined with a state agricultural fair, and by 1818 the event included booths that sold food and drink, including beer.
By the late 20th century, these booths evolved and each of the Munich breweries at Oktoberfest would erect temporary structures using their woodworking skills. The beer halls were erected out of plywood with interior balconies and bandstands seating up to 6000 people. The brewers would also participate in a parade, travelling on a beer wagon or float.
These days, the festival still carries on with traditional food and folk costume, but also includes amusement rides, side stalls, music, dancing and games.
Importantly, the celebratory coming together of people is what shines through the festivities and the joyous sharing of food and culture.
In honour of Oktoberfest 2022, we have created a German-inspired beer garden sign using the Power Chisel.
This year, Oktoberfest runs from 17 September to 3 October.
This is a simple project that results in a beautiful product you can actually use and the best part is that you only need a few tools and a piece of discarded wood.
Power carve a wood serving tray in the shape of a Dachshund / Sausage Dog!
See how you can easily create a tree branch serving platter. A great project for woodworkers of all skill levels.
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