Håkan Nilsson Slöjd

Those of you who read my articles each quarter in The Bushcraft Magazine will have seen this picture in the spring issue, in my article about the Guksi

featuring work by my friend Håkan Nilsson.

Håkan has also made these two items for me

I have finally convinced Håkan to create a site (with the help of his daughter) where you can see the fantastic work that he does!


Take a look, as I know you will be impressed.


A visit to A&E

On Monday I was at work building a set of steps up to a “grillplats” (translated it’s a place where people can make fire and sit around).

I have to take things steady because of the recent problems I’ve been having, as I worked I suddenly had unbearable pain all the way down my left leg.  So much so that I could not move.  I telephoned a friend (thanks Marie) who  came to try and help me, but we decided it was better to ring for an ambulance.

After an hour and twenty minutes of having to stand up and not move, the ambulance finally arrived and with a high dose of morphine I was put into the ambulance and driven 50kms to Gallivare hospital.

They could not find the cause of the problem and with a pack of morphine tablets I was sent home the same evening.

Today (Wednesday) I am going back to the hospital for an x-ray and really hope that they find the cause of my pain.

It’s typical that when I finally get a full-time job, I’m unable to work!!

The snow is disappearing

After a couple of days of heavy rain and wind, the snow is disappearing and so at the weekend we were out and about.

The hare is changing from it’s white winter coat to brown summer coat

On a local lake we had a pair of Slavonian Grebe (Podiceps auritus)

and a pair of Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus)

At home we have not so many small birds as last year but we do have a pair of Pied Flycatchers, several pairs of Brambling and Siskin

We’ve also had a Moose in the garden again (unfortunately I did not have my camera, so this picture was taken with my telephone

Nattavaara Birch bark containers

As part of my new job, I have to make items to sell to tourists here in Nattavaara.  Just now I am busy working on the first of those items; Nattavaara Birch Bark containers.

I have used sinew to sew the containers and have burned “Nattavaara” into the bark.

While making a container I cut my finger.  I did not have any plasters so I took a piece of scrap birch bark and cut a slit into it

Then I wrapped the bark around my finger and pushed the narrow end of the bark through the slit to hold it in place.

Rustic Bunting – Emberiza rustica

The weather has been atrocious again today with strong winds,  snow, rain and cold.

However, it has been a good day because we have a Rustic Bunting (Emberiza rustica) singing in the garden.

The above image is from NatureGate and you can see more images and read about Rustic Bunting there.  If you click the play button next to “Listen to this bird” you can here it singing for yourself.

When will the snow finally go??

The forest floor currently looks like this

A year ago the majority of the forest floor was open and it has remained much colder this spring, than last year.  Insect eating birds such as Pied Flycatchers and Redstarts have not yet arrived here and with the majority of lakes and rivers still frozen, we have no waders or waterfowl.

Last year I had the first Chiffchaff on 17th April, but I have not heard one yet this year and last year I had the first Redwing on 24th April, but did not hear the first one singing until yesterday.

People here say that some years when spring is late, many birds do not come at all and it will be interesting to see what happens during the next couple of weeks.

In some ways I am quite pleased, because I do not feel that I am missing out on not being out in the forest every day, due to my hip and back problems!