COMMUNITY OF MOOSTE – Log- and Clay-Building Workshops, Smithery, Joinery

COMMUNITY OF MOOSTE – Log- and Clay-Building Workshops, Smithery, Joinery


What brought you to Estonia? Last April I carried out my last work project with Vanaajamaja and we built a ‘Suitsusauna’ (traditional smoke sauna) this was a pretty nice experience and I got to know more about Mooste and I notice it’s a pretty exciting village. So I decided to move here to carry out restoration work in this house and that was the beginning of my coming to Estonia. I came many times and I noticed the ‘NGO’world, MTÜ in Estonian, is quite strong here. This was the ‘click’ let’s say… ‘Oh things are happening in Estonia’ and I came back and back… Vanaajamaja is very interesting in the way that they restore historic buildings and they give people the tools to do this through learning and acquiring knowledge. …it can be just a sauna, ait (barn), or a big house… Yeah, it helps you a great deal to see how it gives you confidence. There is this new ‘do-it-yourself’ way of doing things and I do think it’s really important for people, because you can access everything you need, Vanaajamaja will give you the tools necessary to make things from scratch and if you feel competent and confident enough you can change tools and try different ones. They have a good panel of tools and practices that, after trying out everything, enables you to choose how you will find something more suitable for you. Vanaajamaja is just one small part of what is happening in Mooste. In my house, I had to put some clay [plaster] on the walls, then I came to Saviukumaja and they explained the process of how to mix the clay to me. Yeah, with plastering you have different processes to follow. You have differing colours, a lot of colours… The red one for example, comes from Estonia. During this task [of building], I had help from Roomet. Roomet is the village blacksmith. He also made some hinges for my house. Next door there is this wood workshop where I can make furniture for my house. There is also a wool workshop. I went there [once] with my nephew and my sister and my nephew wanted a hat. One woman made the hat, Custom-made to the correct size and the right colour and my nephew was really happy.

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