Andres Uus is the co-founder of the Vanaajamaja and it is very much thanks to his enthusiasm and expertise that today we have an almost fully renovated training centre in Mooste and a wide variety of courses every year. In his free time he is the managing director of the log building company Hobbiton and a logbuilding lecturer in the University of Tartu and Estonian University of Life Sciences.

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Ragner Lõbu has been teaching carpentry and woodwork since mid-1990s. As one of the co-founders of Vanaajamaja, he has lead the organisation from the very beginning and  tutors log-building courses in our training centre. Ragner and Andres are co-authors of a log-building handbook published in 2007. He runs the logbuilding company Saulerman in south Estonia.

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Margus Palolill is carpenter and teacher of Estonian traditional log-building. Born and raised in Southeast Estonia where heritage buildings are still amply present, he started with carpentry at 2002, first taking interest in shingle roofs and later in various traditional building styles – log-house, timberframe and earth building. He joined Vanaajamaja team in 2009 and is presently one of the main tutors in our popular heritage building courses.

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Ahti Puksa is our newest log building tutor. He has almost ten years of experience as a carpenter and has worked as a master in a number of log building companies.




Piret Uus ensures the smooth workings of the organization. Piret’s ability to manage projects, raise funds and develop new training courses are essential to our operations. If you have a cooperation proposal, Piret is the right person to turn to.

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Mari Kaisel joined the VAM team in 2009 and her consistancy and attention to detail are crucial in our applications for funds and ongoing donor communications. Presently she helps with project management and is constantly brainstorming on new fundraising opportunities.

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Ahto Raudoja is making himself busy with wooden roofs. He is occasionally tutoring some of our roofing courses and is counseling the owners of old houses in South-East Estonia. If you want to have an inspiring tour of traditional Seto architecture or local religious buildings, there is hardly anyone who knows the topic better.

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