Boda Glasbruk Travel Guide

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 13, 2013

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    Visiting Boda’s factory was fun. In retrospective, this was the best visit for me. They have a huge watching area and the two glass blowers really enjoyed both, their work and “entertaining” us spectators. When I came, they have just started to make a rooster and photography was not a problem at all. In addition, it was quite bright inside, so the photos came out rather good. See my several travelogues of the making of a glass rooster.

    Entry to the factory: no fee with glass pass, 30 SEK without (Aug. 09).

    General recommendations about visiting glass works factories:
    * Look at their websites first to get an idea of what they are famous for. Then it is easier to choose which one you would like to visit.
    * Take into account that the workers work from 7 a.m. to latest 4 p.m., so you might like to get up early in case you want to visit several during one day.
    * Plan some time for shopping. Make notes of what you would like to buy before you go. You will be overwhelmed by the selections anyhow, so it is good to know what to expect.
    * When you visit a factory, please ask if it is allowed to take photos. In several cases it is not allowed due to the legitimate fear of the usual “dragonland” counterfeits. If you take photos, use the “sport” setting on your camera. Be aware that the light conditions inside the factories are often not good for taking photos. Try and avoid flash when the guys are working on the objects (it distracts them).
    * Wear light clothes: it can be very hot inside. And don’t wear your Sunday dress and shoes, it might be dirty inside. The workplaces are cleaned in the evening but not every hour or so.
    * Consider to buy the Glass Pass, in case you want to visit more factories. It costs only 95 SEK (status of 2011) and allows you free entrance to any of the glass factories, a 10% discount on any purchase above 500 SEK, plus discounts at many other shops, museums, accommodation, restaurants, activities (like blowing glass on your own).

    Directions:
    Boda Hytta is located east of Växjo and also east of Kosta and Afors Hytta. From Växjö, drive road 25 eastward, pass the village of Eriksmala and continue direction Kalmar. After approx. 10 km, watch out for the sign “Boda Glas Bruk” and turn left (north) at the sign. It is another 2 km drive until the glass factory and shop are on your left (west).

    Location of Boda on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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Boda Glasbruk Shopping

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 13, 2013

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    Of the Kosta-Boda-Afors group, this might be the most interesting factory to watch glass blowing but it has the smallest shop and thus the smallest selection of glass work. When I was there (August 2009), they had mostly objects of the Mine collection and other neutral glass ware. With neutral I mean objects which everyone might like, in contrast to the overly designed things with huge faces and heavy colour combinations. I liked the shop because it was small and because it was not heavily crowded. The prices were the same as at the Kosta shop, although they also have several especially reduced goods. The photos I have selected for this tip I took at Kosta but these reflect best which kind of products you will likely see at the Boda shop. The first two are of the Mine collection, the other two are the Christmas decoration specialities.

    Next to the Boda shop and glass factory there is an outlet called Design House Stockholm. They sell beautiful decoration and everyday things, very simple but very beautiful in my opinion. I bought several ceramic mugs there (no photo, maybe later), white at the outside and blue circles resp. orange dots inside, the same decoration on the coasters and a simple wooden stick as a spoon. They come with a little card which says “Don’t make something useless unless it is both necessary and useful. But if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hestitate to make it beautiful”. This sentence describes also the majority of what they have in this shop. Prices are reasonable and the 10% discount with the glass pass will also be accepted here.

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    Directions:
    Boda Hytta is located east of Växjo and also east of Kosta and Afors Hytta. From Växjö, drive road 25 eastward, pass the village of Eriksmala and continue direction Kalmar. After approx. 10 km, watch out for the sign “Boda Glas Bruk” and turn left (north) at the sign. It is another 2 km drive until the glass factory and shop are on your left (west).

    Location of Boda on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., April 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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