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.
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.
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.
The cabin looked like this inside
and had a bunk bed
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).
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.
Teres’ son has made us a raised fire place for the garden, so even though it was -12 on Saturday, we were out and had a BBQ.
I had to improvise to make a pot-hanger to make coffee.
I have now completed Kelly’s first knife. Of course she wanted it to be pink!
This is the sheath I have made for the knife.
It is that time of year when we hang meat out to dry, to carry with us in the forest. Last night we minced 4kgs of Moose meat.
I have mixed salt, sugar and garlic powder with the meat and made sausages, which I have now hung up to dry for about three weeks.
Haven’t been able to get out and during the last 10 days because first Emma and now Kelly are sick and I am looking after them.
I have had some time to do some more leather work however.
This is the pouch I made for my Petzl Tikka which also holds three reserve batteries.
I have also made a pouch for my Gerber multitool.
And I have just completed a possibles pouch, which is also large enough to contain my 10×42 binoculars.
It was a lot of work, but I am pleased with the end result.
I am at home with Kelly at the moment and one project we been working on together is a pair of matching tin armbands.
I am really grateful to my friend Kjell in Jokkmokk, who has made me a leather equipment belt.
There are three clips on leather loops to attach equipment and I am planning to make a pouch for it also.
My cousin came to visit us from England over Christmas. I collected her from the airport late on the 23rd and her adventure began early next morning with a tour out in the forest with a snowmobile and sled.
She wanted to see Reindeers so after the snowmobile trip, we jumped in the car and went to find some reindeer.
I also drove up the hill in the village to show her the phenomenon of both sunrise and sunset at exactly the same time as the sun appears for only a few minutes just now.
On Christmas day father and mother Christmas came to see us and gave out presents!
and then we ate a traditional Swedish Christmas dinner.
My cousin also wanted to see Northern Lights, and although the forecast was very poor, we did get a good display on Tuesday evening.
She also wanted to see Moose and fortunately, when driving back to the airport yesterday, we saw 13!
Here’s a nice wintery picture to finish with of some Bullfinches sitting in a tree.