Last week I worked in Solberget, helping to teach 35 guests how to make a variety of items from reindeer leather.
The guests were family groups of varying ages and all made some really nice items, from bracelets to coffee bags.
It is a very cold spring we experiencing. Today it has only been 1 degree C, with snow showers. There are not many summer migrant birds that have arrived, though just now we do have a lot of Brambling (Fringilla montifringilla) in the garden.
I am still not working a currently await a date for an operation on my hernia. While at home I decided to make a new sheath for a knife I made for Emma a while back.
Emma designed the sheath herself and helped make it.
Last weekend I made a hard leather case for my EKA Super Swede folding knife.
I had three small scrap pieces of leather that I use to make knife sheaths and had to sew them together to make enough leather. It was dark when I made this so the stitching isn’t so good quality.
I have bought another car and I hoping this one will be problem free (for a while at least). Its a Subaru Legacy, 4 wheel drive.
and finally a couple of pictures of a Siberian Jay that I took today.
I have designed a new wilderness shirt, which a friend has now made for me.
The material is worsted wool, with leather sewn across the shoulders and around the collar. I have also sewn leather along the bottom edge of the two breast pockets. The buttons I have made from Moose horn.
The back of the shirt is longer, so that it covers my backside.
The shirt has a poly-cotton lining to reduce wind penetrating.
There is a leather baffle in the front to also reduce cold air penetrating inside.
I am very pleased with the end result and it is incredibly warm. A belt warn over the shirt, around the waist helps to hold in warm air.
I have made this bag for my camera and telescope adaptor.
The leather is Birch tanned reindeer hide and I have sewn it together using false sinew. The strap is a half metre “mystery braid” that I made.
The button on the front I made from Moose horn.
Christmas came early for me when Teres bought me a pair of Reindeer skin trousers, something I have wanted for many years.
They are made to my specification by a friend of ours who designs and makes both traditional and modern Sámi clothing.
They are very warm and comfortable but one problem I have found is that keys in my pocket have stretched and discoloured the Reindeer skin, so Teres came up with the idea to make a special leather pouch for my keys which I have now made.
When I do not need my keys, I pull a leather cord which draws the keys up inside the pouch
The pouch is easy to make. You cut out two bell shaped pieces of leather which are joined together at the top. Sew both sides together
and make a small hole in the leather at the top, through which you put a leather cord (I used a four-strand round plat to make my leather cord). Attach the end of the cord inside the pouch to your keys and make a knot or attach a metal ring to the opposite end and the pouch is completed.
We have a lot more snow now and another 20cms is forecast to come tomorrow.
I haven’t been out and about much recently, but I have been busy making items to sell at a Christmas market this weekend.
I have used pig intestine to stitch the birch bark containers. I wrote about processing pig intestine here.
I am using the mystery braid a lot now in the leather armbands I make