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Smoke sauna of the Karilatsi Museum opens for visitors

On 9 April 2011, the family of the Põlva Farm Folk Museum invited all interested people to a smoke sauna, writes the Põlvamaa County Information Portal.

The community centre of the Museum had a pleasant atmosphere both before and after sauna, thanks to the musicians of the Põlva Accordion School, the folklore group "Kõivokõsõ" from Vastse-Kuuste, and the dance group "Värten" from Põlva.

Before entering the sauna, the visitors could listen to a lecture given by Eda Veeroja, a smoke sauna specialist, who spoke about the sauna traditions of the Võrumaa County; also, local entrepreneurs were selling good slapping bundles and sauna honey for the hot-room experience.

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A two-mast schooner will be coursing between Haapsalu and Vormsi


Workshop of the Vikan club of wooden ships. Photo by Hindrek Sokk.

A two-mast schooner will be coursing between Haapsalu and Vormsi

The Vikan club of wooden ships is planning to build a traditional schooner and to open a Vormsi-Haapsalu line with it.

The first blueprints for the ship were ordered in the beginning of last year, taking example of the two-mast fork schooners that were built in this region in the beginning of the 20th century.

The construction and maintenance costs of the ship are rather high and while schooners were cargo ships in the past, the only option available today is passenger trips. Thus the business plan written down last summer (as a petition to Enterprise Estonia) states that the ship shall be constructed in Haapsalu and shall have the task of transporting people from Haapsalu to Vormsi and back. The ship is planned to make one trip per day in summer – carrying about 50 people per trip; the passengers could familiarise themselves with the island of Vormsi, have a meal there and also spend a night if they wish.

The Vikan club of wooden ships was established in the summer of 2003 by a band of people interested in travelling and history, in order to study and introduce the rich marine culture heritage of Estonia. Together they have built a punt of Vormsi, a yawl of Ruhnu and a yachta.

Source: Maaleht.

People are brewing tar instead of spirits in the Parmu eco-village

People are brewing tar instead of spirits in the Parmu eco-village

At spring 2010 Maaleht wrote about Kalev Raudsepp who bred beef oxen in Taheva Municipality, near the Latvian border, and wanted to establish an eco-village there. Now, one year later, the man shines with pleasure – things have been developing nicely.

The first thing that Raudsepp shows us is a round tar kiln, made of red bricks. "We already brewed 40 litres of tar with it," says the man, smiling and patting the kiln's side.

The new kiln was built on the same site where a tar plant was during the Russian times. The tar kiln of the past was much larger than the present one and it preoccupied four men. Raudsepp has help from mainly one man – Urmas Kuusik from the neighbouring village.

"You need pine stumps," notes Kuusik, a man of few words, about the raw material for tar. "And not fresh ones, those have more water and less tar. The stumps should cure in forest for at least 20–30 years."

A lot of skill is required to get the stumps out of the forest. Regardless of them having rotten in soil for decades, some of their roots are very adamant about holding on to the deeper layers.

"If machine operators could be made to root out stumps by hand, then they'd see how helpless they really are," considers the founder of the eco-village. "They'd probably change their values around a bit – to value more highly both the natural environment and their machines."

See also here.

Source: Maaleht 22.03.2011