The Forging Days in Fiskars Village 2015

The Forging Days in Fiskars Village 2015 is a common name for two happenings, arranged by the two
blacksmithing associations in Finland, Suomen Sepät ry and Taidesepät ry. The two events are:

The exhibition "My Kalevala"

June 14th to September 20th , 2015 in the old Granary in Fiskars Villag


The Nordic Championships i Forging 2015

July 30th to August 2nd, 2015 in the old Plough Smithy in Fiskars Village.

The My Kalevala exhibition at the Granary in Fiskars Village displays contemporary blacksmiths'
interpretations of the Kalevala, the Finnish national epic that has strongly influenced our cultural heritage.

The Nordic Championships in Forging were arranged at the turn of July-August
in Fiskars Village. The visitors could enjoy forging at its best, as the Nordic
blacksmiths showed their skills in the competition.

During the competition days there were approximately over 1000 visitors.

A working committee has been responsible for the carrying through of the project. The group has consisted of
master blacksmith Upi Anttila as chairman, master blacksmith Pertti Virta as a member and blacksmith
Martina Lindberg as secretary.











































June 14th – September 13th, 2015
The Granary, Fiskars Village


The exhibition

The main goal with the exhibition is to bring the forging of today closer to the great public and to increase the knowledge of forging. The theme of the exhibition connects old Finnish folk believes and old forging traditions with life of today.

The invitation to the exhibition was sent to all Nordic countries and to Estonia, both to forging associations and to separate blacksmiths. We received a total of 55 proposals, of which a jury chose 36 works to the exhibition.

The jury:

  • exhibition architect, interior designer Eero Haikala
  • master blacksmith Teo Mero
  • sculptor Kim Simonsson


There are 28 blacksmiths participating in the exhibition. Two are from Norway, one från Sweden, one from Denmark, one from Estonia and the rest from Finland.

The participants:

Axe exhibition

In connection with the exhibition there is an exhibition telling the history of the production of axes by Fiskars Corporation axes in Billnäs plants.

Opening hours

The exhitibion is open from June 14 to September 20, 2015, daily from 11 am to 6 pm.

At Midsummer eve, we close at 3 pm.

Some Fridays, there is an evening market arranged in the village, and thus our exhibition is open until 8 pm on Fri July 3 and Friday July 31.


Adults 7 €
Students, pensioners and unemployed persons 5 €
0-17 years free of charge.

Groups (more than 10 persons)
Adults 5 €
Students, pensioners and unemployed persons 4 €
A guided visit of the exhibition lasts approximately one hour and costs 30 €

School groups can visit the exhibition for 30 €, the price includes a brief introduction to the exhibition.

Exhibition shop

In connection with the exhibition a shop is set up. In the shop there will be products by the participants for sale and also some other products, that got well with the theme.


Working committee

Chairman: master blacksmith Upi Anttila
Exhibition architect: interior designer Eero Haikala
Exhibition secretary: blacksmith, entrepreneur Martina Lindberg


For the press

Press release 26.5.2015 (PDF)

Press release 26.5.2015 (DOCX)


Press photos


Thanks to:

Aktia Oyj Abp

Alfred Kordelinin säätiö
Alfred Kordelins stiftelse
Alfred Kordelin Foundation

Ampers Busstrafik Ab
Amperin Linja-autoliikenne Oy

Andelsbanken Raseborg
Osuuspankki Raasepori

Axxell Karjaa
Axxell Karis

Bergsrådinnan Sophie von Julins stiftelse

Celsa Steel Service

Eugène, Elisabeth och Birgit Nygréns stiftelse

Fiskars Oyj Abp

Fiskarsin käsityöläisten, muotoilijoiden ja taiteilijoiden osuuskunta
Andelslaget hantverkare, formgivare och konstnärer i Fiskars
The Cooperative of craftsmen, designers and artists in Fiskars

Fiskarsin kyläseura
Fiskars byaförening

Fiskarsin Laatupuu

Hotelli-ravintola Fiskars Wärdshus
Hotell-restaurang Fiskars Wärdshus
Hotel & restaurant Fiskars Wärdshus

Juminkeko säätiö
Juminkeko stiftelse
Juminkeko foundation

Kalevala Koru
Kalevala Jewelry

The Kalevala Society

Karjaan Rauta
Karis Järn

K-Rauta Passeli Salo

Lyreco Finland Ab

Mainostoimisto Nallegraf

Olof Ekman Oy Ab

Påminne Oy

Raaseporin kaupunki
Raseborgs stad
The City of Raseborg

Ravintola Kuparipaja
Restaurang Kuparipaja
Restaurant Kuparipaja

Rekolan Panimo

Suomalais-norjalainen kulttuurirahasto
Kulturfonden för Norge och Finland

Suomalais-Ruotsalainen Kulttuurirahasto
Kulturfonden för Sverige och Finland

Suomalais-Tanskalainen Kulttuurirahasto
Kulturfonden för Finland och Danmark

Suomen Kotteria

Suomen Kulttuurirahasto
The Finnish Cultural Foundation

Suomen Sepät ry

Svenska Kulturfonden
The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland

Taidesepät ry

Tibnor Oy

Waldemar von Frenckell säätiö
Waldemar von Frenckells stiftelse
Waldemar von Frenckell foundation