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Health Benefits

Regular use of saunas has long been known to benefit the human body, and recent research has validated this traditional cultural knowledge. Here we provide links to traditional knowledge and recent peer-reviewed research that detail the health benefits of the sauna.

From the National Library of Medicine

From Finlandia

Additional Resources

Check out these resources to learn more about the culture and history of saunas. 

Kachemak Cooperage sources our stoves from Harvia-Finlandia because of their exceptional quality and history of craftsmanship. This video summarizes their story and services.

Kachemak Cooperage In The Press


©Clark James Mishler

A barrel steam bath from Kachemak Cooperage made for Alaska's own Olympic champion, Kikkan Randall.

PBS Alaska's segment called Indie Alaska did a short video on The Cooper titled, "Indie Alaska: I am a Craftsman."

"Mark Gould is one of the last coopers. The craft of barrel-building is quickly fading, but Gould has pursued it as a full-time job for the last 15 years. Through coopering and promoting Alaskan resources, Gould has found a passion and a guiding philosophy."

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