Nyt sauna on valmis. Kiitos kaikista hyvistä kattoideoista. Päädyin tällä kertaa mustaan huopaan. Tein katon karkeasta hiekkapaperista ja maalasin sen mustalla akryylivärillä. Mielestäni punamulta, musta ja valkoinen sopivat hyvin vanhanaikaisen maalaissaunan tyyliin.
Koska en löytänyt riittävän ohuita ja taipuisia koivunoksia, tein vihdan/vastan varret liimalla jäykistämästäni paksusta ruskeasta rullalangasta. Niihin oli sitten helppo liimata lävistimellä tehdyt pienet lehdet.
Suloiset pienen pienet virsut ovat lahja kälyltäni Sailalta.
Ikkunan vastaiselle ulkoseinälle on ripustettu kalaverkko, josta kalansaalis on juuri saatu irroitettua.
Pienet peltisoikot löysin Porvoosta Riimikosta. Myös saunakiulun virkaa toimittava pieni sanko on samasta paikasta.
Vanha tinaämpäri on Nukke-ja nalletohtori Benitalta. Uimavyö seinällä odottaa uimaanlähtijää. Se on hankittu Turun flikoilt.
A SHORT HISTORY OF FINNISH SAUNA FOR MY FOREIGN FRIENDS
Records and other historical evidence indicate that the Finns built the first wooden saunas in the 5th or 8th century. Early saunas were dug into a hill or embankment. As tools and techniques advanced, they were later built above ground using wooden logs. Rocks were heated in a stone fireplace with a wood fire. The smoke from the fire filled the room as the air warmed.
Once the temperature reached desired levels, the smoke was allowed to clear and the bathers entered. The wood smoke aroma still lingered and was part of the cleansing ritual. This type of traditional smoke sauna was called a savusauna (black banya), which simply means "smoke sauna" in Finnish. Many people find the smell of smoke and wood relaxing.
In Finland swimsuits, towels, or any other garments are rarely worn in the sauna. Families often go to the sauna together, which is not considered eccentric since family saunas are an old tradition. In these private saunas swimsuits or towels are never worn. In public saunas it is more common that men and women go to the sauna separately. Historically saunas have been the most sacred places after the church, and most houses which could afford to build a sauna had one. In older times women also used to give birth in the sauna because it was a warm and sterile environment. Children were occasionally born in saunas still in the beginning of the 20th century. Ancient Finns even believed saunas were inhabited by spirits.
The lighting in a sauna is dim, and some Finns prefer to sit in the sauna in silence, relaxing. The temperature is usually between 80 and 110 °C (176 and 230 °F). Sometimes people make a vihta (or vasta); they tie together small fresh birch branches (with leaves on) and swat themselves and their fellow sauna bathers with it. Vihtas can even be bought from a shop and stored into a freezer for later (winter) use. Using a vasta improves blood circulation, and its birch odour is considered pleasing.
A traditional Finnish sauna ends with a dip in a cool lake or 'avanto' (a hole made in the ice in wintertime) or with rolling in the snow. The idea is to cool off after the sauna. Cool-off time can end the sauna experience or it can be followed by another round or two. Lähde: Wikipedia