Patrick sent some wonderful pictures of his family building a cordwood sauna in the hills of West Virginia. Since my wife’s family is from WV, it piqued my interested. Then Patrick told me he was Finnish (I lived in Finland from 72 to 74) & I was hooked.
Since he was building in an area with a great view, but no access to a concrete truck, he decided on a post and pier foundation. Cordwood is rather heavy (500 pounds per lineal foot) and so Patrick beefed up everything to handle the weight.
The family has taken their first saunas (if you know anything about Finn’s you know a sauna is a very important ingredient in producing a happy Finlander:0) Here are a few photos of Patrick and his clan on this St. Patrick’s Day!
Patrick was kind enough to send me a little history of his family. Nothing like a family project to bring the brood together. The changing room is next in line for cordwood infill.
I’d like to thank Patrick and his family (Karen, Garnet & Everett) for allowing me to share their cordwood sauna journey. Here is a little more of Patrick’s heritage.
“Grew up in a the small Lake Erie town of Fairport Harbor, Ohio which was predominantly Finns and Hungarians. Mom (Koski) Was Finn and Dan (Kish) was Hungarian. My Great grandparent on my mothers’ side immigrated to Fairport from Toysa, Finland in 1920. I spent endless hours in the sauna located in my great grandmothers basement while the warm nissu bread she made awaited our exit. The summer months as a child where spent visiting Finnish relatives at their cabin on LakePenage in Ontario where the joys of the rustic backwoods sauna on a cold lake where learned. As the only one in the family that didn’t have a sauna , Karen and I decided to step it up and are pleasantly pleased, to say the least, we as a family (Me, Karen, Garnet and Everett) have put built so far. Hungarian heritage isn’t so bad either especially when it comes to the food (chicken paprikash and Hungarian goulash)”
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