A part of the uniqueness of Verla is that the methods and machines used in 1964 are from the beginning of the 20th century. The equipment is still at the same place as on the last working day of the mill for the visitors to see and admire.
Sawing and debarking
First the logs were cut into blocks of half a metre with a hand-operated circular saw, dating from the beginning of the 20th century. After this, the blocks were passed into the debarking machine, delivered to Verla by Myre mekaniska verkstad.
Pulp was made using two grinding machines, made in 1903 by the Karhula Engineering Works. The grinding stones of the machines were from Scotland and could weigh as much as three tons. These machines were placed on the upper floor so that the pulp could be carried to the wet lap machines by water and gravity via a splinter catcher and two sorters.
In 1922, the third grinder was delivered to Verla by Tampella. This thermogrinder had a horizontal axis and three pockets with hydraulic feed.
From pulp to cardboard
The pulp was piped from the grinders to the eight wet lap machines downstairs. Four machines were supplied in 1882 and in 1890 by Germania, two in 1903 by Tampella, one in 1894 by Tammerfors Linne & Jemmanufakturaktiebolag and one in 1935 by Tampereen Pellava- ja Rautateollisuus Oy. All lap machine operators were women.
Winter drying loft
In the four-storey winter drying loft the sheets dried approximately three days in seven tiers. They were hung up with metal pegs, that were especially designed for this purpose. The work was done by women. From time to time, the temperature could rise to as much as 75 degrees Celsius. The heating required about 40 cubic meters of firewood a day.
Summer drying loft
In order to reduce the heating costs, a summer drying loft was also built at Verla in 1910. This building was an oblong boarded shed with loose walls and after the heat of the winter drying loft working there was like holiday for the women. This is why the building was also nicknamed the "villa".