Three knives

Not much has happened over the last week so I thought I would show a picture of three knives I have made recently.

knivesThe materials used are; moose antler, half tanned leather, sallow root bur and birch bur.

Hawk Owls plus an accident with an axe

I have located two different pairs of breeding Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula) during last weekend. 

Hawk OwlThey nest in holes in trees.  This nest site was made by a Black Woodpecker.

hawk owl nest

One pair have large, mature young that can already fly and so were difficult to photograph

Hawk owl young-1 (1320 x 990)The other pair however, have young that have just left the nest and although they cannot fly, they are very good at climbing.  They were very difficult to locate sitting in trees.

Hawk Owl chick-3 (990 x 1320)But once located, they did not move.

Hawk Owl chick-4 (990 x 1320) Hawk Owl chick-2 (1320 x 990)

While carving a Birch spoon today I chopped my fingers with the axe (I was keeping an eye on Kelly instead of concentrating on what I was doing).  I had read an article on Facebook that Cayenne Pepper is very good at staunching the flow of blood so I tried it out.

handIt did not stop the bleeding within 10 seconds as the article states, but within a minute it had stopped.  The base of the fingers is not an easy place to apply a dressing, but I have taped the two fingers together and that seems to have worked ok.

Curtain rail completed

We were at the cabin last weekend.  On Friday it was warm and sunny

kelly enjoying sunKelly enjoys cleaning and tidying, which is good because I don’t!

kelly cleaningShe also also becoming very interested in nature.  In this picture she was learning about ants and  they get in your nappy!!

learning about natureWe wanted to have curtains in front of the beds to make it darker when sleeping, during the 24hrs of summer daylight and hide the beds away during the day.

We couldn’t find a curtain at the right length so I decided to make one.  The hangers for the rail (which are screwed to the ceiling) I made out of pieces of Birch, screwed to pieces of Pine.

birch hangers for curtain railThen I cut, pealed and dried a Pine sapling (this I did two weeks previously)

curtain rail-2Once it had dried and sanded and smoothed the sapling.

Here’s the rail fixed in place

curtain railand here’s the curtains in place

curtains on railI spent a lot of time trying to photograph birds, but there are very few birds this year (probably because spring is so late.  This Siberian Jay is the best picture I took.

siberian jay

Easter at the cabin Part 1

Actually managed to get to the cabin over Easter for four days.

snow mobile

The first job when we arrived was for me to hastily erect a fence around the veranda so that Kelly did not fall off.

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When we were going to eat lunch, we realised that we had forgotten to take Kelly’s child stool with us, so I had to quickly construct one using off-cuts of wood and a broom handle.

kelly stool-1 kelly stool-2 kelly stool-3

We did not have enough space to take a push-chair with us, so Kelly travelled around in a pulka

kelly in pulkan-2

and slept in it during the day

kelly in pulkan

Leather crafts

I’ve guided a couple more groups this week while working at Solberget.

guided walk lapland (Small)

We visited Arctic Circle and ate lunch.

arctic circle solberget (Small)

Last time I wrote about a leather craft workshop we had had, and I just had to put up some pictures of items people ranging from 7 – 70 years old have made.

leathercrafts-1 (Small) leathercrafts-6 (Small) leathercrafts-5 (Small) leathercrafts-4 (Small) leathercrafts-3 (Small) leathercrafts-2 (Small)

I was really impressed!