Abandoned & Industrial Photography

by Björn Sahlberg Updates About

Ångsågen

Steam power saw to blinds

Sweden.

Countdown or countup, that's the question at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Countdown or countup, that's the question.
July 2013.

Countdown or countup, that's the question.

July 2013.

The mill workshop at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

The mill workshop with its very nice chimney. I strongly suspect that the corrugated roof is not the original one though.
July 2013.

The mill workshop with its very nice chimney. I strongly suspect that the corrugated roof is not the original one though.

July 2013.

The workshop again at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

The workshop again. Seems I can't get enough of that chimney.
July 2013.

The workshop again. Seems I can't get enough of that chimney.

July 2013.

Workshop ventilation folding up at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Workshop ventilation folding up.
July 2013.

Workshop ventilation folding up.

July 2013.

The short end of the mill's main building at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

The short end of the mill's main building. This structure is dating back to around the turn of the former century.
July 2013.

The short end of the mill's main building. This structure is dating back to around the turn of the former century.

July 2013.

Tracks and bogeys at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Tracks and bogeys.
July 2013.

Tracks and bogeys.

July 2013.

Parts of the main building is coming down at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Parts of the main building is coming down.
July 2013.

Parts of the main building is coming down.

July 2013.

Workshop machinery at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Workshop machinery. The one in front was manufactured by Verktygsindustri in Gnosjö in 1948.
July 2013.

Workshop machinery. The one in front was manufactured by Verktygsindustri in Gnosjö in 1948.

July 2013.

Same Gnosjö machinery, different angle at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Same Gnosjö machinery, different angle.
July 2013.

Same Gnosjö machinery, different angle.

July 2013.

Locker room, without lockers at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Locker room, without lockers.
July 2013.

Locker room, without lockers.

July 2013.

Workshop upper floor at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Upper floor at the workshop.
July 2013.

Upper floor at the workshop.

July 2013.

The house-in-the-house at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

The house-in-the-house on the workshop upper floor. Shot trough a dusty window.
July 2013.

The house-in-the-house on the workshop upper floor. Shot trough a dusty window.

July 2013.

Belts and wheels on the ground floor at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Belts and wheels on the ground floor.
July 2013.

Belts and wheels on the ground floor.

July 2013.

Large wooden flywheel at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

Large wooden flywheel connected to two belt wheels behind it. Some splendid craftmanship here.
July 2013.

Large wooden flywheel connected to two belt wheels behind it. Some splendid craftmanship here.

July 2013.

The short end of the wood storage at Ångsågen. Uppland, Sweden. July 2013.

The short end of the wood storage with the factory name painted on it. Originally this side faced the now defunct railway tracks.
July 2013.

The short end of the wood storage with the factory name painted on it. Originally this side faced the now defunct railway tracks.

July 2013.

Yours truly

Howdy!

What we have here are the remains of a steam powered saw mill, “Ångsågsverk” in Swedish. It was constructed in the late 1800s as one of the first businesses to be established in the community in northern Uppland where it's located. Besides sawing there was a carpentry shop as well as power planers.

During the mill's life the Swedish pavilion for the 1929 World Exhibition in Barcelona was manufactured here. The pavilion's quirky tower (in fact a kind of beacon) was constructed in modules, then shipped to Barcelona and mounted on location. Later on, quite possibly after steam had gone out of fashion, a small scale manufacturing of wood products took place here. Likely in the the workshop building. Among the products were wooden Venetian blinds.

July 2013

October 2016

June 2020

Hasselblad 500c/m, Zeiss Planar 80 mm F/2.8, Kodak Ektar 100, Imacon Flextight Photo.

Ångsågen meets ...

... Golden Tiger

I met with multi-artist Anna-Karin Svedjestrand at Galleri Mellanrum in December 2018 when we were both part of the autumn exhibition there. I fell for her paintings that she used as a backdrop for her performance and she liked my wall paper work on display. Soon a deal was made. She would trade one of her paintings for my Countdown Or Countup, That's The Question on one of her walls. Eventually we closed the deal and now “Golden Tiger” is residing with me and Anna-Karin's kitchen will never be quite the same again.

June 2019 and on.

Voilà! Wall on wall.

Voilà! Wall on wall.

The artist at work ...

The artist at work ...
© Anna-Karin Svedjestrand

Some filler was needed.

Some filler was needed.

The original kitchen wall.

The original kitchen wall.

... Galleri Mellanrum

I was very happy when Countdown Or Countup, That's The Question got the chance to be a part of Galleri Mellanrum's two year anniversary exhibition in December 2018. Instead of a regular print me and the gallery's curator Mats decided to make a wall paper from it. As it was my very first practical experience with wall paper of almost any kind I was nervous about the outcome, but it turned out quite well in the end. The piece had to make way for the spring exhibition in 2019.

December 2018 – May 2019.

Wall on wall at Galleri Mellanrum.

Wall on wall at Galleri Mellanrum.

Exhibition print

Ångsågen. Uppland. Juli 2013.

Ångsågen was among the selected works for the ASKA.nu anniversary exhibition.

This print has been sold.

ASKA © 1999-2020 Björn Sahlberg

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