Business set in stone
" Bornholm's raw materials industries have made their mark on Danish industrial history, with their extraction and processing of granite, sandstone, coal and China clay. The island's many raw material quarries present unique landscapes; not natural but…
The granite speculator
Historical sources have it that Colonel P.M Hoffman, commandant of Bornholm, started the granite industry on the island. In 1819 he obtained a lease on the Klippeløkken area near Rønne. He then brought a couple of men over from Sweden, where there was more expertise in splitting and cutting granite. The idea was for them to pass on their skills to the islanders. The story goes that the Colonel's industrial project was sheer speculation. He purportedly only leased Klippeløkken because he knew that the Danish government would soon be using granite to build the Trekroner Fortress near Copenhagen. And the government was the Colonel's only client. When the deliveries to the Trekroner Fortress had been completed, he quit his granite command. Meanwhile, Jens Hansen Rønne, a local islander and watchmaker, continued the quarry with the men who had now been fully trained.
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Historical sources have it that Colonel P.M Hoffman, commandant of Bornholm, started the granite…