Wood- related folk art is an art of everyday living. It is both functional and aesthetic. It is a combination of craftsmanship and creativity. It can be traditional in skill but dynamic in style and presentation. It is also an expression of culture which connects different groups and regions.

This year, to introduce different folk arts and traditional craftsmanship around the globe in an organized manner, they are divided into 5 thematic groups, namely Automata, Mask, Puppet, Woodblock Printing and Decoration. We hope that the Folk Art Workshop will offer a spectacular first- hand experience for audience to learn the beauty, the craftsmanship and the culture of folk art all over the world. During the event, a wide range of amazing works will be showcased. International and local folk masters will demonstrate their excellent craftsmanship and give presentation. What’s more, fun filled workshops will be run. Adults and kids are all welcome to explore the magic in wood!


Randy Stump & Bill Goldschneider

Randy Stump, retired U.S. Navy, Started doing scrollsaw work about 4 years ago. He loves making toys for his grandchildren. He also makes toys for children’s organizations. Bill Goldschneider was introduced to scrollsaw machine and was fascinated by the creative possibilities he imagined could be achieved by this tool 20 years ago. During the past 15 years, he has been a participant in the international design in wood competition and exhibition held annually in San Diego and have been awarded 25 ribbons and 4 special awards. At the age of 80, he is still actively producing wood art and look forward to many more years in his wood shop.

Mustafa Abdulbagi A ALARAB

Arabic calligraphy, is the artistic practice of handwriting based upon the Arabic language and alphabet. Its development is strongly tied to Qur'an. It is a significant decoration for objects and buildings though books are its major art form. Since more than 25 years old, Mustafa Abdulbagi A ALARAB has been fascinated by Arabic calligraphy because of its miracle of using simple tools to show its potential and versatility. Through the use of that piece of wood, Calligrapher distinguishes the Arabic script and Arabic letters from the rest of other languages. To preserve this heritage and this visual art, he spends his life among this art in teaching, providing educational lectures, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and many television interviews.

Kazuaki HARADA & Megumi HARADA

Kazuaki Harada studied art history at Yamaguchi University, and contemporary crafts at University collage of Falmouth. He began making automata in 2002 and launched his workshop in 2008. He runs it with his wife, Megumi Harada. The automata he makes are hand-cranked, using several kinds of wood as materials. He aims to make people smile.


Automata is also known as kinetic, figurative sculpture. My artwork is created from a combination of common materials and traditional methods. All my mechanisms are purposely low-tech. My stories often illustrate man’s perseverance to overcome life’s obstacles, often with open-ended narratives that can be interpreted and completed by the viewer. I have always been fascinated by mechanical movement. I took art classes in high school and attended college studying Industrial Design. Before becoming a full-time artist in 2000, my work consisted of making props, models and miniatures for television commercials, still photographers, and motion pictures.

Phan Thanh Liem & Nguyen Thi Minh Loan

Water puppetry is a traditional folk art of Vietnamese farmer for a thousand years. The shows are performed in a waist-deep pool. A large bamboo rod supports the puppet under the water and is used by the puppeteers to control them. Phan Thanh Liem and Nguyen Thi Minh Loan were both born in a family with a tradition of performing water puppetry. Phan Thanh Liem is also the first person to create miniature water puppetry stage and have carried out performances in different places at home and abroad. His father and his grandfather have significantly contributed to this folk art of Vietnam.

Yong-ting LAI

Glove puppetry, introduced to Taiwan over 200 years ago, forms one of the most symbolic entertainment forms there. The puppet’s head, palms, and feet are carved out of wood. Traditional shows use small-sized puppets, around 30 cm, and maintain the character classifications of traditional opera. Born in 1971, Lai Yong-Ting is a skilled performer, who performed over 500 shows together with puppet master Chen Xihuang, a national treasure of Taiwanese puppet theatre. Lai also started studying puppet carving when he was still in high school. Lai is skilled at carving various characters of the traditional puppet shows and modern puppets.