Sunday, May 18, 2008
Another beautiful historic site I visited in Sweden was Olofsfors south of Umeå. Google Earth resolution there is very poor, but the location is: 63°34'53.77N, 19°26'39.51E
The building shown in the photo above houses the furnace. The blocks used in building the foundation were made of slag, a by-product of the making of iron. Today, a small adjacent building is the studio of a blacksmith who demonstrates his techniques, makinf tools and decorative objects and sells his work through a small gallery. Another building nearby holds a water powered hammer and anvil. To see it in operation is amazing. If you are lucky enough to be there for a demonstration be sure to wear ear plugs. The noise is deafening. The water driven hammer is huge. The old school house in the community houses a museum, and gift store. The other buildings are used as studios by artists.