Over 180 degrees in the dead of winter, The Opposite of Cold celebrates the rich tradition of Finnish saunas in the Western Great Lakes region. The culture and practice of these saunas have become integrated into the life of many North Country cultures and this book explains the joy that these steaming forts provide. Detailing the historic importance of saunas as well as their unique architecture and design, discover the oldest sauna in North America in addition to more contemporary saunas built by noted architects. More than 167 color images display saunas from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario and Finland. If you are a sauna-lover or just an American history buff, you will be delighted by this book about the Finnish sauna tradition and its continued vitality.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by David Salmela
Introduction: The Sign of the Finn by Arnold R. Alanen
Sauna in the New World
Immigrant Saunas in the Lake Superior Region
Finland’s Sauna Culture
The North American Lakeside Tradition
The Value of Heat
Keeping the Wood-Fired Sauna Tradition AliveThe author, Michael Nordskog grew up in the heart of North American sauna country. He works as an attorney, writer, and editor, and he lives with his wife and three children in Viroqua, Wisconsin.
The photographer, Aaron W. Hautala is the creative director and owner of RedHouseMedia in Brainerd, Minnesota. He has helped launch a variety of magazines and was the founding art director at Lake Country Journal. His photographs have appeared widely throughout Minnesota.