Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria

The knowledge of hazel spruce as tone wood

Applicant: Kassian Erhart, Verein Forum Haselfichte
Province: Tyrol
Domain: Practices concerning nature
Year of inclusion: 2011

Due to its genetically-encoded hazel growth, the hazel spruce (“Haselfichte”) can mostly be found in the forests of the Alps at an altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level. Only very few experts are able to identify this quality of wood on an upright tree. The hazel spruce is clearly identifiable by removing a small piece of bark from the part of the tree where small, longitudinal furrows run down its trunk. The hazel spruce has always been used for the construction of instruments, as its specific characteristics satisfy the high demands in wood quality.