Fiskars

Terveisiä kiireisen loman keskeltä. Päivät ovat täyttyneet kaveritapaamisista ja asioiden hoitamisesta siinä määrin, että aikaa ja voimia ei yksinkertaisesti ole ollut blogin päivittämiseen. Nyt on kuitenkin edessä mökkeilyvaihe ja minulla tiedossa löhöilyä, joten eiköhän sitä blogiakin ehdi sitten vähän useammin päivittää.

Reilu viikko sitten piipahdin kaiken kiireen keskellä Fiskarssin kylässä. Fiskars sijaitsee Raaseporin kaupungissa, Pohjan alueella, Karjaan länsipuolella vajaa sata kilometriä Helsingistä länteen eli mökkitiemme varrella. Idyllinen pikkukylä on ihastuttava ja kuvattavaa riittää paljon.

Historiasta sen verran, että Fiskars perustettiin 367 vuotta sitten. Nykyäänhän Fiskars-konserni on kansainvälinen yhtiö, joka tarjoaa kuluttajatuotteita kotiin, puutarhaan ja ulkoiluun. Konsernin kansainväliset pääbrändit ovat Fiskars, Iittala ja Gerber. Fiskarsin ruukin perusti aikoinaan hollantilainen Peter Thorwöste 1649. Pohjan pitäjästä tuli 1600-luvulla Suomen raudan valmistuksen keskus; vuonna 1640 perustettiin Antskogin ruukki, 1641 Billnäsin ruukki ja Fiskars siis 1649. Lähiympäristössä sijaitsivat jo vuonna 1616 perustettu Mustion ruukki ja 1646 perustettu Fagervikin ruukki.

Fiskarsin kylä on siis historiallisesti merkittävä ja hienosti entisöity kylä. Kannattaa käydä tutustumassa, jos et ole jo käynyt.

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It’s been a while since my previous post. I’ve been busy meeting my friends and running errands. From now on I’m going to spend more time at our summer house and I should have more time to update my blog. I keep visiting different places in Finland and I’m exited to share this with you. One of these places is Fiskars Village. 

Fiskars is located in the city of Raasepori, the North region, west of Karjaa, less than a hundred kilometers west of Helsinki. Only an hour’s drive from Helsinki, the retired ironworks town of Fiskars has, over the years, slowly come back to life. Communities of artisans, designers and artists now live and work here. For visitors, the area boasts charming museums, cafes, bed and breakfasts and even a hotel built in the 1800s. The ironworks hosts an annual summer art exhibition that has quickly become one of the country’s most anticipated and a tradition for many art lovers, attracting nearly 100 artists each year. The Billnäs ironworks, only a 10-minute drive from Fiskars, is also a worthwhile stop. Its annual summer antiques market is well known throughout Finland, and it bustles with experts who offer valuable shopping tips.

Fiskars Ironworks was founded in 1649 by Peter Thorwöste, when Queen Christina of Sweden granted the Dutch businessman a privilege to manufacture cast iron and forged products, with the exception of cannon. In the same year he received permission to set up a blast furnace and bar hammer in Fiskars. A few years earlier Thorwöste had already acquired the ironworks in nearby Antskog.

In the seventeenth century, the parish of Pohja (Pojo in Swedish) became the center of iron manufacturing in Finland: the ironworks in Antskog were founded in 1640, the following year saw the founding of the Billnäs ironworks, and Fiskars joined the group in 1649. Not far off was Mustio (Svartå) ironworks which had been founded in 1616, and the Fagervik ironworks, founded in 1646. Even though the iron ore used at Fiskars, for instance, was mostly transported from the mine at Utö in the Stockholm archipelago, it was still financially viable to build the ironworks in Finland. The parish of Pohja had natural water power that could be harnessed, and plenty of woods to provide the raw material for charcoal, which meant the Crown could spare the forests of Bergslagen in Sweden. Furthermore, Pohjankuru (Skuru) provided a suitable port.

367 years had passed since Fiskars was founded. Today, Fiskars Corporation is an international company whose operations are consumer-centered and grow through strong specialist brands. Fiskars’ consumer products for the home, garden, and outdoors are renowned for their functionality and cutting-edge design. The Group’s core brands are Fiskars, Iittala and Gerber. 

Fiskars Village is full of history and again worth a visit. Here’s some pictures from my visit.

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Kahvitauko – Coffee break.

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Niin monta ovea… So many doors…

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