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This atmospheric event, simply translated as the springlike woodevent, in Koroinen, gathered experts of natural materials and restauration as well as experienced reed builders from Estonia together to share their ideas and expertise in various workshops. The purpose of the event was to give ideas to people how to create something new for their houses and gardens using traditional natural materials.
Workshops consisted of topics such as restaurating old wooden windows frames, painting, sawing old trees in to functional shapes (which are old trees originall grown in the parks of Turku) etc. The event was organized by the ProNatMat-project, which is promoting the use of natural material in construction, handicraft and in other purposes.
One of the most interesting outcomes of the event was the construction of a reed pier (could be also describred as a vessel) which was built from estonian and finnish reed under the estonian reed experts Tauno Laasik and Triinu Akkermann. The pier was built as a part of the COFREEN-project.
The building phase took two days and on the third day, the vessel was lowered to the Aurajoki-river.
Left: Triinu and Tauno concentrating
You can find more pictures in the gallery.
The reed vessel interested the local media too and a brief report was broadcasted by the the local news tv, TurkuTV. Link to the broadcasters page and to the video is found here (in finnish).
Left: It took a whole bunch of people to carry the vessel into the river
Right: The vessel finally in its destination where it serves as a pier or can be used for example to cross the river to the other side