Friday, October 23, 2015

Life as it is.

As you might have seen from my previous post, we got some snow. But then it got warmer again, and now most of Inari municipality is without much any white on the ground. Only some parts slightly covered, like in these pics. For a week or so around mid October night temperatures were around -10 celcius, but now it just barely drops below zero. That should change pretty soon I would say.

Nowadays on my hunting trips it's Pyry walking leashed and Kumu running free. Pyry doesn't seem to mind at all to be leashed most of the time, and carrying a backpack on longer trips. But who knows, it's impossible to get inside dog's head. Well, he's been with me 10,5 years now, so I can quite surely say he doesn't mind.... Better for him like this anyway, as after running free for some hours he's always limping for a day or two. When leashed, he can walk as long as needed, and no problems. It's impossible to tell for a dog to take it easy when running free, when they feel ok they'll just go.

Believe it or not, I have done some work during late summer and autumn too! Here's some knives I've made recently.

These two knives were made to pair the leukus I've made earlier for this customer.

A Lappish influenced knife. Moose antler, birch bark, brass.

Pair of full-tang knives. Brushed carbon steel, G10 handle with vulcanic fiber liners. Stainless pins.

But yeah, mostly my autumn has been like this. Spending as much time as possible in the woods. It's a priviledge, something you shouldn't take for granted. We all will face the day when we can't do these trips anymore.

And owning a hunting dog means giving him some practice and excercise. Especially when they're young they should get into the groove of doing what they should. Some days it goes better than the others. Kumu seems satisfied with the two capercaillies he found.

After these two birds were gutted, Pyry took it as his job to guard them from approaching curious siberian jays. He didn't leave the tree before I packed everything and we continued the walk.

But hey, also some work in progress! These puukkos are coming for sale in one week, so stay tuned if you're interested!


  1. Oh, man! I have been trying to get one of your birch bark handled puukkos for a while now. Entering stalk mode.....