Colorful Autumn ‘Ruska’ Nature Walk 🍂 Kellokoski, Finland
Welcome, lovely people and welcome to a 18th Century Village, Kellokoski.
The weather could not have been any better, a fairly warm evening in colourful Autumn.
Kellokoski is one of the three villages in the municipality of Tuusula. About 45 min (50 km) drive from Helsinki.
Located by the Keravanjoki river rapids, the area used to be part of the Ruukki ironworks in the industrial era.
The history of Kellokoski can be considered to begin in the 1750s, when two slag farms were established in the area.
Even before the ironworks, a clay pot workshop, a mill and a sawmill had been established.
Kellokoski Ruukki (industrial ironworks plant) was founded in 1795, there were 82 Ruukki’s in Finland, of which Kellokoski is 28th.
The main product was wrought iron: molten iron forged with a hammer.
The 19th century was an eventful time for the Ruukki, as fires, bankruptcies and changes of ownership followed one another.
Shortage of raw material, a high demand and there was also a lack of water to power the hammer.
In the 1840’s the number of products also expanded such as: nails, hinges, couplings, tripods, horseshoes, axes, shovels, scythes, sickles, hammers.
In 1895 the Ruukki went bankrupt and new owners were found when brothers John and Carl Fredrik Carlander bought Ruukki.
During this time, Ruukki developed into a fairly modern industrial plant.
Well-known products throughout Finland manufactured here were dairy containers and bell boats (Finnish: Kelloveneet).
In 1962 the Kellokoski Ruukki became property of Fiskars and large-scale production was discontinued by the 1980’s. Today, the factory buildings house various companies and other associations.
The Kellokoski Ruukki area is a nationally valuable industrial environment. Together with the residential area and the Church, making it possible to observe the architecture and life circle of the ironworks community.
Thank you for wanting to learn more about Kellokoski. Have a great walk and rest of your day!