Pekka works in Suomenlinna
My original plan was to become a farmer, but I ended up working in Suomenlinna. The first time I worked here was in 2006, so my experience of Suomenlinna spans quite a few years. I work at the family business Kari Helenius KY. The company carries out excavation and natural stone work by contract across the fortress. I operate different kinds of machines, but I also enjoy manual work. For example, repairing walls and cutting stone are interesting tasks that require a long-term approach.
Suomenlinna has its own challenges as a location. For example, we reconstructed a collapsed wall this autumn on the shore at Kustaanmiekka. The collapsed wall could only be accessed from the sea. However, even demanding tasks are safe and easy when you have a good, professional team. Although I am the oldest in our team, I learn something new from my younger colleagues all the time. The fortress is popular among visitors, particularly in the summer, which must be taken into account when working with machines. It makes me smile when people wave at us when they walk by and some even take photographs of our work.