Building an expanded dugout boat at Saarisoo Farm


The expanded dugout boat has been an irreplaceable means of transport for locals who would not have been able to move otherwise during the floods that happen in the Soomaa area during the fifth season. Today, the historical boat has largely been replaced by cheaper canoes and boats, but some masters still teach the art of building them in the old style.

Building an expanded dugout boat is brought to life at Saarisoo Farm in Soomaa. The 2–3-hour programme under the guidance of Aivar Ruukel includes an introduction to theoretical and practical elements of constructing such a boat. We will also go on a ride on the Navesti River.

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    Saarisoo Farm


    RUUKELI, Tohera küla, Tori vald, Pärnu maakond 86819

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We are located in Tohera village on Kaansoo–Tori highway, about 40 km from Pärnu. The farm is 150 metres from the Saarisoo bus stop, facing the Navesti River. You can take bus No. 99 comes Pärnu to Saarisoo.

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