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Ancient Finnish log building skills are taking new shapes in Muurame´s Kivitasku. Inspired by the mythology of Kalevala, as well as Zen, Tibetan and Western masters, it is built with Karelian generosity, welcoming visitors all around the year.

Since 1986 Hannu Nousiainen, with a little help from his friends, has been working to realize his vision.   A family of buildings closely knit to the nature has slowly grown on a forest hill overlooking a small lake.

Mella Nousiainen Villa Kivitaskus art textiles are made by artisan Mella Nousiainen. The idea by the textiles is received from the Central Finlands variable and diverse nature. Textile materials come from our sheep, and the techniques are needle felting and wet felting. Kivitaskus gift shop offers a wide and unique selection of Mellas handcrafted art textiles, such as tablecloths, felt elves, angels, and table runners.

”I am known as an elf aunt – I felt expressive little elves who protect people’s homes and nature. Kind leprechauns symbolize Finnish nature and mythology, which are also present in the handcrafted art textiles.

The greatest Finnish mythology epos is the Kalevala, which I have received inspiration for my art textiles ”In the world of Vellamo”, ”Ilmatarten ilottelu” and ”Dance of fire”. The language of the Kalevala is rich and versatile, and it is based on the eastern dialects of Finnish, which I have admired as a young girl. Something inspires me so deeply and passionately. In addition to versatile language, nature addresses me as well, which is a distinguishing element in the stories of the Kalevala.

I moved around a lot in nature as a child – I climbed in the trees, skied, and created huts with my friends. Nowadays I enjoy walking in the middle of the forests and in Lapland, relaxing and inhaling fresh air. At the same, I take snapshots of everything beautiful and this is how my art textile ”Eternal Forest” was born. I saw fallen spruce in an old forest where the landscape was stagnant and untouched – Immediately I wanted to capture it.

Some trees indicate more to me than others. Spruce is a fatherly tree to me, and I feel extremely protected when I get to the protection of spruce. The creatures of the forest, the leprechauns,

Large, heavy stocks of aspen wood have been used to build the huge sauna on a cliff leaning toward the lake. Up to 30 persons at a time can enjoy the relaxing, sweet vapours from the uniquely built fireplace – a new take on the most ancient theme of Finnish culture.

The artistic skills of his wife Mella have found expression in figures made of wool inside the fascinating Villa Kivitasku, the house of elves and brownies of old Finnish tales. This enchanting building has a particular three-winged shape and and a sexagonal log dome lighted by a roof window. It´s fireplace is a storytelling itself… if you feel like listening.

The small two- storied guesthouse is built the form of aitta, lightly built lodgings for farm workers and maids beside a traditional Finnish farmhouse. They are kept warm for occasional winter visitors, too. The wood workshop is where the details of the buildings are being completed and doors, tables and benches are built to measure, to fit the unique character of Kivitasku. The sons, Sampo and Juho Nousiainen are taking part in the building, as well as having new, groundbreaking design activities of their own.

The family house (shown occasionally to visitors by appointment) has eight
rooms, a huge open fireplace in the living room, plus music and service areas. In front of the house you find a large patio , built after a trip to South America – you can see and feel the influences, and if you get lucky, hear some great music being
played, live…   A comfortable home for the family, and a place for friends and guests to come from all over the world to enjoy good company, the warmth of the fireplace in winter, and to play music and celebrate all through the luminous night, in
summer.

Part of the original vision was to be able to disconnect from the stress of the world and the workplace, and give visitors a chance to participate. So the sauna and handicraft buildings are large enough for groups of visitors – meetings, celebrations, relaxing, retreats. And the kitchen is ready to serve you with some treats too!
Kivitasku welcomes you!

Welcome to visit!

Handcraft   workshop  Kivitasku

In Kivitasku you find:

  • Sheep and chicken.
  •  Finnish mythology
  • Handmade gifts and presents from wool and wood
  • Unique wood architecture and a big exotic sauna
  • Exhibition of Finnish Forest made by wool 

Käsityöpaja Kivitasku

Kivitaskuntie 48 

40950 Muurame       

phone +358  50 523 7740  info@kivitasku.com                                           

How to find us !

from Jyväskylä:

Drive road 9 about 15 km towards  west to Tampere

Turn to the right towards Muurame,  Isolahti
Drive from the ramp to the left about 200 meters, turn to the right towards Rannankylä, (towards Muuramegolf).

Drive about 3 km. Before the golf course, turn to the left on Pyyppämäentie. Drive 500 meters and turn to the right on Kivitaskuntie.  Only 2 minutes drive from Muurame Golf(from Golf 1km).

At the end of the road you’ll find us.

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