The most skilled log house builder is Ahto Naruski (Hobbiton OÜ)
05. July

9th vocational competition of handcrafted log house builders and Day of Wooden Houses 2019 took place in Estonian Open Air Museum over the weekend (June 29). The family day introduced woodhouse sector, different seminars and workshops were also held. Those interested got a tour of the newest addition to the museum´s exhibit - a modern prefabricated timber house.  

Estonian Woodhouse Association and Cluster with South-Estonian log house producers and Hiiumaa Vocational School held a 9th competition for log house craftsmen. This competition is one of a kind in Estonia and also on international scale, where log house builders can compare their skills with other colleagues. Competitors must show speed and best technique in making of one of the most important part of log house structure – corner tenon and log notch.

Total number of competitiors this year was 12, among whom were professionals as well as students who are learning the profession in Hiiumaa Vocational School. According to Eeva Vahtramäe, Manager of the Cluster and one of the event organizers, last year´s modification that also students can take part, has positively justified itself. „Students bring fresh breathing to the competition and that shows also to the audience that log house building as a profession is becoming more popular“.

9th vocational competition of handcrafted log house builders and Day of Wooden Houses 2019. Photo: Taavi Sepp

The fastest and most skillful log house master was Ahto Naruski from Hobbiton OÜ. Vahtramäe assured that participants can choose the corner type they will make at the competition, on their own. This means that they can make the corner type they feel most skilled in. „Competitors could choose between three different corner types: Estonian dovetail corner with wind lock , Estonian square notch with wind lock, Scandinavian notch and Saddle tenon. Final result is a combination of time and work quality,“ added Vahtramäe. Naruski made an Estonian square notch with wind lock and what is great is that he has participated at all competitions since they first started. Runner up was Margus Palolill from MTÜ Vanaajamaja (Estonian square notch with wind lock) and third place went to Jaanus Mertsina, also from Hobbiton OÜ (Estonian square notch with wind lock).

9th vocational competition of handcrafted log house builders and Day of Wooden Houses 2019. Photo: Taavi Sepp

Results:

I place – Ahto Naruski, 35 min 28 sec

II place – Margus Palolill, 42 min 48 sec

III place – Jaanus Mertsina, 59 min 43 sec

The best competitor in non-professional category was Märt Vahtramäe (Hiiumaa Vocational School).

9th vocational competition of handcrafted log house builders and Day of Wooden Houses 2019. Photo: Taavi Sepp

The lecturer at Hiiumaa Vocational School and one of the event organizers, Andres Veel, brings out that the competition has also interested foreign partners. „When the Japanese representatives visited our event last year, we discussed an idea of introducing Japanese methods of log house building at our event. Finally it so happened that Estonian men were challenged by Akio Utsu (Wild Life Ltd.) from Japan.“  The Japanese made a Canadian log house  saddle notch, which was different from others because he used a round log, while the tenons of Estonians needed squared logs. Canadian saddle notch is widespread in Northern-America and Central-Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).  

9th vocational competition of handcrafted log house builders and Day of Wooden Houses 2019. Photo: Taavi Sepp

Competition of 2019 was brought from Räpina to Tallinn and held together with the Day of Wooden Houses. The day ended up being a co-operative day that introduced the entire woodhouse sector and was held in co-operation with sector companies and Estonian Open Air Museum. In addition to vocational competition there were children´s area, tool market, different seminars and workshops and introduction of the new exhibition house

The new exhibition house is an example of an innovative living- and work space. It is a modern factory built wooden house that is a gift to Estonian Open Air Museum. The building will also be a competence centre of Estonian timber construction.

Estonian Woodhouse Association and Cluster are grateful to all participants, partners and organizing team.

Partners/supporters:

Companies represented at tool market area: Agatark, Aiatäht (Stihl), Airobot, Ait-Nord, Akzo Nobel Baltics AS, ElectroAir Sun, ESSVE, Husqvarna Eesti AS, Kero Trading OÜ, Kliimamarket/Baltic CH, Majatohter OÜ, Makita, Mechelin Eesti OÜ, Napssolar, Ottensten, Puumarket (Fiskars), Systemair, Teknos OÜ, Tööriistamarket, VBH Estonia

Objective of the competition held by Estonian Woodhouse Association and Cluster is to introduce and value the profession of log house builder, also to promote log house construction and the tradition. Competition task is to build one corner tenon. Judges will evaluate installation speed and precision of the log. Winner is a participant who manages to complete the task the fastest and most precisely.


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Woodhouse Day and vocational competition were partially supported by European Regional Development Fund through Enterprise Estonia´s cluster development programme and project of Estonian wooden houses export cluster.