Makers

Brush making

A few people from the organisation, Åland’s visually impaired, are coming to SLOYD FEST and showing how they make different types of brushes.
They are on-site both Saturday and Sunday at 11-17.

Binding of crowns for the maypole

At SLOYD FEST you get to see women from Torp village team in Hammarland make the crowns for the maypole. They are on-site both days and are happy to tell you more about the tradition with the midsummer crowns.

Traditional sewing of sails

Pommern sailmakers show the techniques of traditional sailmaking, both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5 pm.

In 1984 some elderly seamen, who had been sailing on square riggers themselves, started to sew sails to the museum ship Pommern which is anchored in the western Mariehamn. They also started teaching a new generation of sailmakers, and since then the tradition of traditional sailmaking has been continued. It is very important to preserve the Pommern as a guardian of Åland’s maritime heritage.

Today Pommern sailmakers are also sewing sails to other museum ships in the world, and therefore they meet on a regular basis once a week.

Lace Making from Setomaa, Estonia

Demonstrator: Sigre Andreson, Setomaa, Estonia
Date and time: Sigre will be on location during both days
Watch master Sigre make an intricate lace and try using the technique yourself.

Raku Pottery Firing

Demonstrator: Paul Bradley, Åland
Date and time: Paul will be on location during both days

Potter Paul Bradley will demonstrate raku firing techniques. Raku is a firing technique rooted in Japanese tradition and associated with Japanese tea ceremonies.

Rope-making

Demonstrator: Les Husell, Åland
Date and time: Saturday 10 – 15.30
Rope-making is one of mankind´s oldest inventions and can, together with knots, be considered true corner stones of our civilization.