Archive for September, 2007

Sep 26 2007

The feeling of departure.

Parting from my family is always hard. Even if it is only for three weeks it feels much longer. I love them a lot.
While writing this i am facing more than 12 hours travelling to location. Location is in Fyresdal, Telemark, Norway. I will spend the night indoors today and then leave for the mountains tommorow.
equipment update: burden basket deemed unsuitable and switched with modern pack.

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Sep 21 2007

Spear Fishing Points

Published by under Animal Materials

A project I started very long ago (must have been a year) is finally finished. This will probably be one of the key kit items in the mountains so it just had to be finished. This type of point system is more work to make than the leister spear, but it’s more versatile in regards to sizes. It does however have an additional disadvantage, it will dull on rocks since the points are not protected by any protruding sticks. So this one is for soft ground only.

Hafting will be done down on location. Posts on that will be up in November more than likely. I appologise for the bad photo, poor lighting.


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Sep 20 2007

Kit List

The kit list for the three weeks trip includes both modern and primitive gear unfortunately. A situation I want to improve in time. Also during this trip. Below a photo of most of the gear in the carrying pack.


Primitive gear:

  • Hafted stone knife
  • Bone knife
  • Fishing lines and hooks
  • Containers
  • Carrying basket
  • Flint flakes
  • Elk (moose) antler axe
  • Splitting wedges
  • Knapping equipment
  • Arrow sizer
  • Buckskin scraps
  • Hide scrapers
  • Bowstring of sinew
  • Natural cordage
  • Fishing trap
  • Sewing needles and awl
  • Netting needle
  • Antler fishing spear points


  • Reindeer (caribou) and elk (moose) antler
  • Nettle fibres
  • Willow fibres
  • Reindeer (caribou) sinew
  • Tinder
  • Quartzite core
  • Birch bark
  • Raw hides
  • Some bone
  • Feathers for fletchings


  • Flint and steel
  • Viking era shoes

Modern gear:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Woolen underwear
  • Outer clothes
  • Woolen socks
  • A wool cap
  • Wool sweaters
  • Mittens
  • Rifle (no bowhunting allowed unfortunately)
  • Bullets
  • Batteries
  • Digital camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Phone charger
  • 1 or 2 fishing nets
  • Wallet
  • 2 tanning books for reference

No food will be brought, everything is supposed to be gathered off the land. Maybe I will bring a duck or something for the first day. We’ll see.

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Sep 16 2007

Hide Scraper

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When I go down home soon I’ll have some hides to tan. I don’t have a proper flesher for the task, so I decided I had to make one. Since my cellar is stacked with reindeer/caribou antler it was made to resemble one I saw and tested in Lofotr this summer. Such a small scraper will take longer time to use. However, on stubborn hides you will not have a choice, but to use a scraper with a smaller surface.

The antler tine next to the scraper is carved with the motif of an eagle catching a lizard. It’s to be made into a necklace for my youngest daughter.


The scraper is used in a chopping motion. The pointed sides are excellent for getting under membrane sheets.


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Sep 09 2007

Collecting Nettle Fibres

Published by under Plant Materials

My last description of the process wasn’t so good, so I’m trying again. This time I have better photos (better, not great) to accompany it. The article covers the process up to storing the fibres before using them for thread. There are essential steps after this that I have already covered. I may however do a re-run on it with new and better photos.

Cut the nettle stalks with something sharp. A quartzite blade works nicely.


Strip off the leaves with by pinching on the base of the stalk and pull towards the other end.


Pound the stalk gently, particulary at the joints to flatten it.


Stick your thumb in a crack and wedge it up the entire stalk. Flatten it afterwards.


Crack the opened stalk on the inside at one point.


Pull in each direction to get the bark off the woody core.


The fibres (really bark sheets) should then be dried for infinite storage. I’ll describe further processes in another post. Photo: Whole nettles to the left and the fresh bark sheets on the right.


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