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The Folk Building Associations is organising native woodworking study classes

Study classes of native woodworking took place in the Aimla Nature Centre of the State Forest Management Centre from May to September 2011. The study classes were headed by Andres Ansper, a student of the 4th year in the Culture Academy, department of Estonian native construction.

The purpose of the study classes was to find practical uses for forest material left out of its ordinary use, applying simple manual tools to it and bringing back old techniques.

11.06 Collecting and using birch bark;
16.07 Making a wooden hay rake;
13.08 Basket weaving (headed by M. Rebane);
10.09 Brewing wood oil.

More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , telephone: +372 51 63 117 or website of the Folk Building Association.

The Folk Building Associations is organising native woodworking study classes

Study classes of native woodworking took place in the Aimla Nature Centre of the State Forest Management Centre from May to September 2011. The study classes were headed by Andres Ansper, a student of the 4th year in the Culture Academy, department of Estonian native construction.

The purpose of the study classes was to find practical uses for forest material left out of its ordinary use, applying simple manual tools to it and bringing back old techniques.

11.06 Collecting and using birch bark;
16.07 Making a wooden hay rake;
13.08 Basket weaving (headed by M. Rebane);
10.09 Brewing wood oil.

More information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , telephone: +372 51 63 117 or website of the Folk Building Association.

A student of the Viljandi Culture Academy offers help for smoke sauna builders

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Smoke sauna being fired. Haanja Nature Park, Võrumaa County. Photo: Madis Rennu

Advice and aid to put up a smoke sauna.

People's interest and willing to get advice on how to put up a good smoke sauna gave Andres Ansper, a student of native building in Viljandi Culture Academy of the University of Tartu, an idea to put together a helpful guide on how to make a smoke sauna. As smoke saunas are not really used anymore in Southern Estonia, he chose a sauna plan like they were made in the old land of Võromaa.

The guide talks about the traditions of building smoke saunas in Võromaa, shows where to find all the materials, says how long one or other thing might take, what knowledge and tools are needed, and how much money things may cost. There are pictures, schemes and instructions to help the builder along. The guide should be good enough so that he who has built something before can put up a sauna just fine when going by the guide.

Andres is planning to let a couple of saunas be built with the guide, to prove how good and right the guide is. Andres says that the hardest thing was to think how much time one or other thing might take for a "hobby builder" – that was to be the most exact knowledge. And of course it's important how well others understand what you have written.

A village union in Pärnumaa County was willing to make a smoke sauna, and the second sauna could be built somewhere in Old Võromaa grounds. With this announcement we want to help Andres find a company of lads or a landlord who is willing to make a smoke sauna for them by Andres's guide.

It is not important if the sauna will be made by one farmer, a village union or a band of friends, as long as the sauna is built to complete and the builders have time to do it properly. Certainly a building permit is needed, and you do need to consider that lots of materials will be used. One man alone is not quite enough to cope, either. Andres can help with getting started and with the more tricky parts of the building work. You could use the work for study classes or workshops, so some things get done sooner with more lads working on them. Also, some people will want to take pictures of building the sauna or even film some of it – do consider this when you apply.

Those who are interested should ask Andres straight away (phone: 5819 1202, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Smoke saunas and sauna customs are very important things for Võro people – those customs have been passed on for ages. The smoke sauna customs will live on if the smoke sauna itself lives on and if people are going to saunas.

Folk knowledge is being gathered about smoke saunas, a book is being put together about smoke saunas of South-Eastern Estonia, and new smoke saunas have opened for guests in several places in the Old Võromaa grounds this year.

Source: Kylauudis.ee

A student of the Viljandi Culture Academy offers help for smoke sauna builders

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Smoke sauna being fired. Haanja Nature Park, Võrumaa County. Photo: Madis Rennu

Advice and aid to put up a smoke sauna.

People's interest and willing to get advice on how to put up a good smoke sauna gave Andres Ansper, a student of native building in Viljandi Culture Academy of the University of Tartu, an idea to put together a helpful guide on how to make a smoke sauna. As smoke saunas are not really used anymore in Southern Estonia, he chose a sauna plan like they were made in the old land of Võromaa.

The guide talks about the traditions of building smoke saunas in Võromaa, shows where to find all the materials, says how long one or other thing might take, what knowledge and tools are needed, and how much money things may cost. There are pictures, schemes and instructions to help the builder along. The guide should be good enough so that he who has built something before can put up a sauna just fine when going by the guide.

Andres is planning to let a couple of saunas be built with the guide, to prove how good and right the guide is. Andres says that the hardest thing was to think how much time one or other thing might take for a "hobby builder" – that was to be the most exact knowledge. And of course it's important how well others understand what you have written.

A village union in Pärnumaa County was willing to make a smoke sauna, and the second sauna could be built somewhere in Old Võromaa grounds. With this announcement we want to help Andres find a company of lads or a landlord who is willing to make a smoke sauna for them by Andres's guide.

It is not important if the sauna will be made by one farmer, a village union or a band of friends, as long as the sauna is built to complete and the builders have time to do it properly. Certainly a building permit is needed, and you do need to consider that lots of materials will be used. One man alone is not quite enough to cope, either. Andres can help with getting started and with the more tricky parts of the building work. You could use the work for study classes or workshops, so some things get done sooner with more lads working on them. Also, some people will want to take pictures of building the sauna or even film some of it – do consider this when you apply.

Those who are interested should ask Andres straight away (phone: 5819 1202, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or write to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Smoke saunas and sauna customs are very important things for Võro people – those customs have been passed on for ages. The smoke sauna customs will live on if the smoke sauna itself lives on and if people are going to saunas.

Folk knowledge is being gathered about smoke saunas, a book is being put together about smoke saunas of South-Eastern Estonia, and new smoke saunas have opened for guests in several places in the Old Võromaa grounds this year.

Source: Kylauudis.ee