A Woodcraft Museum has been established at the Vienkoči Nature Park in Līgatne, where visitors will be acquainted with the history of woodworking in Latvia from the Stone Age all the way to the modern era. The museum itself is located in a historical 20th century building, which once served as a wood workshop.
The basic concept of Vienkoči Park is based on popularizing single-piece wooden crafts and log-boat products; the development idea of the park is maximum application of natural materials. When walking along the trails, you can see various wooden sculptures. These are different animals, characters from fairytales and legends, as well as objects created according to historical sources.
The park is divided into several areas: the museum territory, landscape environment, wild nature, a classic garden and a modern area. As the aforesaid areas are united in one territory and border each other, one of the most important tasks is to achieve is that they do not compete, but rather supplement each other. The park provides an opportunity to see not only the artificially created objects, but to also enjoy nature itself.
If you are quiet enough and look carefully during a visit to the park, you may see different wild animals. Water flowing in the ravine is like a miniature mountain river full of rapids as it rushes over stones and wind-fallen trees. One of the most interesting attractions is riding a log-boat and bathing in a log-bath. When it gets dark, evening guided walks by torchlight are available. The light forest and its many log lamps is especially ideal for evening events.
While at the museum, visitors will also be able to find out with the type of equipment and instruments craftsmen used, and find out how woodworking traditions have changed and developed over the years. Even though the instruments on display at the museum have become historical exhibits, many continue to use them to this day.
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