Many towns in Sweden have a club that takes care of preserving the old traditional buildings. So even the tiniest villages can have a nice collection of wooden buildings that most probably would have been gone in other places. Thanks to one of these Hembygdsförening, you can nowadays visit the Töllstorps Industry Museum in Gnosjö showing several huts that use waterpower to drive old mashines. I arrived here more by luck after visiting the Söderåsen National Park. There were not many huts open the day, but it was a big pleasure to look around in this beautiful environment.
At the entrance area you can find this wooden horse and the carriage. You start to dive into the industrial past of this area.
The mashine is used to make small wooden plates the were used for house building. Put on the roof and painted with tar, they protected the house from the elements.
There were times when animals had to provide the power for driving mashines. This construction was used for this purpose. The animal, mostly horses or bulls, was attached to the long bar on the left and had to continously walk in circles. This movement was then transferred onto the mashines.
In places where water was available the invention of the water wheel offered a constant and often reliable source of energy. No need to feed animals any more.
The museum showcases an impressive amount of buildings using this water power.
And as you see, they embed perfectly into the landscape.
Space to have a rest.
To assure the constant flow of water, waterweel driven industry often had a lake nearby on higher ground, in which the water coming down the streams was collected. It made the work more independed of the amount of water in the stream.
Please find a link to the museum here!
I hope you enjoyed this short stroll through the museum. Below there is the map for you in case you plan to have a visit.