It's hard not to develop a pretty honed tunnel vision for wood while you're here… It seems to crop up just about everywhere. From the architecture to the epic log piles, the book jackets to the kitchen utensils. Even the fact that tenant farmers labour here was once diligently recorded on pieces of wood to ensure the correct wages see penultimate image - taken by Perttu Rista and found in Fiskars 1649: 360 Years of Finnish Industrial History, published by Fiskars Oyj Abp, Raasepori 2009). It makes sense. It's practical. There's an abundance of the stuff in these parts. And it somehow creates a 'oneness' between the natural and the manufactured worlds. Makes for a sense of unity and calm.

See SB's blog for more lovely pictures of tools…