Information about the enterprise

Martti Porthan founded the organ-building factory Urkurakentamo Martti Porthan Ltd in 1986 in Kangasala. After two years there the firm moved in 1988 to Tervakoski, where it was housed in premises designed specifically for the organ factory.

From the closed down Kangasala Organ Factory came the first craftsmen, master craftsmen of the highest level. Soon the workforce could be increased to four; in the 1990s their number was nine.

The activity of Kangasala Organ Factory was continued by Kangasala Organ Builders, which unfortunately also had to close down. Luckily the organ firm could acquire their metal pipe workshop and the expertise in pipe-making.

In 1996 Porthan was the first organ maker to introduce heat-treated timber. This particular method of heating young timber with steam generates all the features of good quality old timber: resistance to changes in humidity and a sonorous ring.

Until the year 2006, Martti Porthan Organ Builders had made 40 organs an carried out numerous restorations. A crucial factor in the activity of the firm is continuous studying and improvement of professional skills.

Enclosed tune examples illustrate the work carried out by this firm.