This cottage is built according to old traditions. My father was a construction inspector: his duties included monitoring the houses to be raised in correspondence with norms. He knew well the wood construction rules. Furthermore, he practiced teaching the art of wood construction to those who was interested in it, and in the 70ies and 80ies my father was the only specialist of this building technique in the whole Finland. Afterward his apprentices established several companies practicing construction of such wooden houses, and nowadays these companies prosper and are well-known with the names Kontiotuote and Pölkky OY.

For construction of the house it was required to bring logs from the forest in Posio, in the quantity of 204 pieces. Total amount of lumber was equal to 188 m3, and the trees were between 204 and 260 years old – therefore, they were born under the sway of Sweden! However, those logs were not enough, some more had to be brought. The logs were turned into beams with square section by means of cutting off round slabs. Square beams with the diameter of 9.5 inches were made from the very core of the logs and used for constructing the walls. Heartwood beams with the diameter of 8 inches became the material for roof trusses. Finally, sapwood – boards taken from outer rings of the logs – served as indoor finishing for the ceilings. “This is true timber!”, Eino kept saying as he worked on. One of the logs was so big and heavy that it even couldn’t fit either the sawing machine or hook of the hoisting crane. The stump had to be cut off, and it became the material for manufacturing the so-called “King’s throne” – the wooden chair that stands conspicuously in the living-room in front of the fire place. The rings tells that the tree was, at least, 264 years old!