Enjoying the sun

The wind seems to constantly blow from the north and so it is still cold, but at least we get some warmth from the sun, so myself and Kelly have been out with the snowmobile.


We have made fire with green Birch

green birch fire

and sat and grilled sausage over the fire.

grilling sausage

We still have a lot of Pine Grosbeaks around and I have been out taking some photo’s.

And I took a nice photo of a Red Squirrel.


The workshop continues to develop

On Sunday the temperature rose 2 degrees above freezing, which is the first time for 19 weeks!

I am continuing to develop my workshop and have now put in a set of draws and some shelving.

workshop shelving

I have also purchased a band-saw and a dust extractor.


I have just completed the first knife in my workshop.  It is a basic knife with a firesteel on the sheath and is reasonably quick to make.  The knife handle is made of Birch, Moose horn and leather.

simple knife and sheath

simple knife

Bunk-bed work-bench

I have been continuing to develop my work-shop and I have completed to transition of the bunk-bed, into a work-bench.  I began by taking the bunk-bed apart and then re-used the various parts to begin constructing the work-bench


The project did not take long to complete


and I am very pleased with the end result.


Hopefully my workshop will be completed next week and I will be writing more.

We currently have 4 Pine Grosbeaks (Pinicola enucleator) feeding in the garden

and today I have been watching Waxwings (Bombycilla garrulus) coming to a small hole in the river ice, to drink.

It should be feeling a bit more like spring now, but night-time temperatures are still below -20 and day-time are only at around -10.  This is the first winter since I moved he, that the temperature has not been above freezing during the whole winter.


New workshop

Since moving house 18 months ago, I have had no workshop where I can sit and make things.  I either work in the garage (where there is not a lot of space) or on the kitchen table.

We have a cabin in the garden where our guests have usually stayed, but now I have decided to convert it to a workshop.

cabin in garden

The cabin looked like this inside

Inside cabin-2 (Large)

and had a bunk bed

inside cabin-1 (Medium)

I have removed the furniture (the bunk bed I plan to make into a workbench), and re-wired the cabin (moving all the sockets to above workbench height).

inside cabin-1

The reindeer skins on the wall hang there just now because I have no where else to store them.  I am going to put a new floor down before I start moving workbenches, machinery and tools in.  I may also put the wood-burning stove back in, but I am not sure about that yet.

It will be at least a couple of weeks before the workshop is completed.  I will write more about, once the work is completed.