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Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum, Turku Finland

We're back! Our holiday was so wonderful and relaxing and full of good food and family. I have so many photos, as you can imagine, and I'm trying to sort them all and pick out the best ones. I thought I would start the Photos of Finland Bonanza with some from my favourite museum in Turku, the Luostarinmäki Handicrafts Museum. The outdoor museum is made up of 200 year old wooden houses, the only ones to survive the Great Fire of 1827. There are over 30 workshops and visitors can watch as the craftsmen and women work.

Grass roof keep the homes well insulated and the roof less likely to leak.

The rope maker.

I think this was the workshop of a metal smith.

The watch maker, one of the wealthier craftsmen.


The book binder.

The workshops all had these beautiful fireplaces. When we build a house, we'd like a similar one.


The basket weaver.


The printer.