The interior of Pelle Henriksson’s sauna in Sweden is a work of art. It is very pleasing to the eye, sturdy, and simultaneously, whimsical (note the blue window). The large sauna stove screening is filled with rocks meant to produce the sacred steam (the loyly) of the sauna (when splashed with water).
The sauna entrance door is also excellent craftsmanship.This is the interior door to enter the sauna. The hinges and wood joinery are exquisite!
The other side of the door.The sauna bench has two tiers. The bottom is the cooler one. The top is for those who want to feel the hot water vapor pour over them and cleanse their bodies and souls. The water scoop stick is for pouring water on the hot rocks, thereby making the sacred steam of the sauna. A bit of Loyly history: “Taking a sauna begins with having a wash (usually a shower), followed by a sit in the steam room, the room being typically warmed to 80–110 °C (176–230 °F). Water is thrown on the hot stones topping the kiuas, a special stove used to warm up the sauna. This produces great amounts of wet steam, known as löyly, increasing the moisture and the heat within the sauna. The word löyly is used for this particular type of steam.”
Want to see how Pelle built his sauna? This design would be perfect for a Tiny Cabin. https://cordwoodconstruction.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/cordwood-sauna-in-sweden-part-2/
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