Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations

The Journey of Allbäck Paint: Rediscovering Traditional Practices to Ensure Sustainable Development

Saturday, October 14
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Learning Objectives:

Hans and Sonja Allbäck

Allback Organic Linseed Paint

Sonja and Hans Allbäck are the founders of Allbäck Linoljeprodukter AB in Ystad, Sweden. They have been at the forefront of reviving traditional knowledge and practices of building restoration since the early 1980s. In their work, Sonja and Hans have been guided by a few simple goals: to work professionally without being ill, and to work in harmony with the laws of nature surrounded by their family.

Together, Sonja and Hans have developed the profession of Windowcraft that has gradually spread throughout Europe. Since 1982, through project documentation, product development, and education, they have worked to share and promote their innovations. Since 1985 they have run a private school for building care that focuses on the restoration of windows and doors. They have trained more than 250 craftspeople from all over Europe, and from 1998, they have also run Allbäck Linoljeprodukter AB, a company committed to developping a whole new generation of high-quality linseed oil products that are high-performance, eco-friendly, beautiful, and cost-effective.

Sonja and Hans have a body of research published in the Joural of Architectural Conservation, and are highly sought-after consultants, working on many of the highest profile projects in Europe, including Palace of Versailles. They now find themselves at the forefront of the sustainable building movement, achieving recognition as the only linseed oil paint company in Sweden with the highest environmental classification. As such, they were invited to represent Sweden at the 2015 UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris.

Allbäck's work has spread around the world, including Canada, where their practices and products are being used on many significant resoration projects, including Parliament Hill right here in Ottawa.


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Andrew Pamenter

Algonquin College

Andrew’s work in the field has focused on high-level finish carpentry. A graduate of the Heritage Carpentry Program at Algonquin College, Andrew worked as a carpenter for a variety of different companies and projects, including Osgoode Hall, Fort York, Royal Ontario Museum and U of T. He has worked as an instructor at Algonquin College for the past 12 years teaching joinery and carpentry fundamentals, conservation techniques and conservation planning.


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