I actually have quite a bit to write about this time!!
My friend Håkan Nilsson over at https://nilssonslojd.wordpress.com/author/nilssonslojd/ has made me a beautiful knife as a gift. the materials are Sallow root bur and Reindeer horn and half tanned Reindeer leather.
He has even incorporated my Natural Lore mark into the scrimshaw on the sheath
You might recall the saga of the Thermarest Ultralight Cot that I bought, which had half of the parts missing https://naturallore.wordpress.com/?s=thermarest&submit=Search.
I have to say that the distributor here in Sweden; Granitbiten have been very good. They arranged for some spare poles to be sent to me from Thermarest and they also sent me two items from the “Hydro flask” range. A 16 oz True Pint and a 21 oz Standard Mouth.
I am particularly impressed with the flask, because unlike other metal drinks bottles, the contents did not freeze when I left it out over night at -15c.
I have also purchased a Biolite CampStove.The BioLite CampStove generates usable electricity for charging LED lights, mobile phones, and other personal devices. Burning only wood, the CampStove creates a smokeless campfire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes. Setup is easy, fuel is free, and flames are hyperefficient with performance on par with white gas stoves. This item weighs 940grams.
There are many reviews of this product on the internet, but many of those reviewers have clearly NOT red the instructions. Before using the CampStove for the first time, it is important to fully charge the lithium battery, which takes about six hours. This powers a fan that significantly improves combustion. The orange light will stop flashing once the battery is fully charged.
I have tested the stove and am very impressed. In this picture, the wood in the stove has just been ignited (note that I have added aluminium tape on the top to help protect it from heat and hot ash, but this may not be necessary)
After about 10 seconds you turn on the fan by pressing a button on the battery pack an in this next picture the fan has been activated to aid combustion
The fan has two settings, depending how much heat out-put you require. The thermal electric generator mounted inside the battery housing first re-charges the internal lithium battery, but once the orange light turns green, you can then connect a USB device to be charged via a USB port.
The stove took just three and a half minutes to boil a can of water, and during that time it charged my mobile battery by 1%
Some reviews show a small pot adapter included (which I really need), but this was not included in mine. Instead I received a “USB Flexlight” which helps you see when cooking in the dark. You just tap the back of the light to activate it and hole your finger on the back of the light to adjust the brightness.
I contacted Biolite about the small pot adapter and they are arranging to send one to me, which is great customer service.
I will write more about this product once I have used it more, but so far I am very impressed.
Tomorrow I am starting a new job. I will be working at Gällivare tourist centre on a three month trial. I’m sure I will be writing more about that in the future.