“Wood is warm. Metal is cold.Gerald Bogad
Two different lives but connected with one another in a symbiosis.”
Gerald Bogad has been working as an artisan gunstock maker gunsmiths for over 40 years but does not hunt or kill animals. Part philosopher, part craftsman, Gerald’s work has allowed him to live the life he chooses while making an impact on his culture and the heritage that he represents.
Gerald Bogad has been working in the artisanal tradition of the Ferlacher gunsmiths for 40 years and contributes to the preservation, maintenance and further development of the Austrian Intangible Cultural Heritage in Styria by taking over the workshop in Gleinstätten. The aim of the documentary is to pass on the knowledge of the profession of the gunstock maker as an art as well as the motivation of future generations to take up this profession.
Over the course of his career, he has worked with various well-known gunsmiths, carpenters and engravers; including Manfred Hechtl, from whom he took over the workshop in Gleinstätten in southern Styria, Hans Otto Jiricek, Christopher Kremer, Armin Bundschuh, Federal Guild Master Wolfgang Brunnsteiner, Federal Guild Master Martin Kruschitz u.v.a.
Gerald Bogad represents the Ferlach tradition of gunsmithing, which was included on the UNESCO IKE list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Austria in 2010. In Austria there are only two recognised Gunstock makers, Gerald Bogad is one of them. The seamless interaction between gunsmith, engraver and painter is particularly important to Bogad.
Director’s statement: Mark Abouzeid
At one point in time, the Katana, Halberd and Speer, were considered arms of war while today they would be considered artefacts or ornaments. No one would seriously consider them for protection or human aggression. Why is it that some cultures equate guns with protection and others with tools for life?
“I come from Lebanon, a society where every person has at least one or more guns in their home. I live in Austria where, once again, gun ownership is one of the highest among developed countries, yet in both cases the homicide or death by firearm rate is almost non-existent. Why then must my family living in the United States fear almost daily shootings and murders? Why is it that I would never want a gun in my house and, yet, have no problem with the Gunmaker downstairs?”
REAL LIVES PRESENTS
by Mark Abouzeid & Sophie Beer
A Co-Production of Cedars Productions & Gerald Bogad
Producer: Sophie Beer
Director: Mark Abouzeid
Editor: Cedars Productions
Music by Sam Esbeer, Vincenzo Campa & Rami Tibi
Featuring (in order of appearance):
Mescal (The Dog)
Hans Otto Jiricek
Shot on location in Gleinstaetten and Vienna, Austria.
All rights reserved. 2018 Cedars Productions.
Shot on Sony XDCAM 4K and Handycam 4K. Edited with Adobe Premiere and DaVinci Resolve.