Archive for December, 2007

Dec 26 2007

Awl and Needle

Published by under Animal Materials

During the recent trip down south I made a number of things, but unfortunately lost my camera… Numerous tutorials have thus been lost. I did however get a new camera for Christmas, so here are some photos of an awl and a needle I finished up yesterday evening.

The needle is of reindeer/caribou antler and has no special features. The awl is made from bone and hafted in reindeer antler.


I haven’t yet ever bothered making hide glue. (Have tried it on a couple of occations though) What I have found is that the core of antler contains quite a lot of glue. So if wetted with water or preferably saliva you can tuck pieces of core back around in the haft for a pretty decent and secure fit.


And the forum is now up and ready for use!

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Dec 26 2007

Forum Problems, be right back

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I didn’t like the other forum software, so I got another one.

It’ll be back up in a few hours

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Dec 25 2007

Report From The Winter Course 2007

Unfortunately I got a little ill right before the course this time, resulting in lack of on site preparations. Though we experienced problems in regards to this trip, I feel that it was successful overall.

Some photos from the trip here (thanks Steve).

Positive experiences:

  • Great weather and stable snow-conditions.
  • Beautiful and remote location.
  • A socially functioning group. People worked together well.
  • Challenging conditions for people used to mostly above zero weather.
  • The participants definately learned a bit about suffering and how to cope under severe conditions.
  • Lots of interesting animal tracks.
  • We saw a golden eagle.

Needs to be improved:

  • I need either a bigger lavvo or other accommodations. For the two courses I’m doing now, those costs could not be justified however.
  • No walking the day of arrival. People are tired and need the whole day to work themselves up the hill.
  • More lessons indoors under more controlled conditions. The survival experience on it’s own is valuable, but to learn more hands on skills teaching in a dark lavvo or outside in -20C temperatures doesn’t work very well.
  • Skip the snowshoe building. Might work if all materials are supplied, but under the circumstances, where weight is an issue it isn’t a good idea.
  • I’ll be more strict on the hot brews. No brews during the day. Otherwise it takes up far to much time.
  • Make the participants bring all or most of the food. The logistics of supplying the food is otherwise too expensive and too much work.

My newfound experiences will however make future courses better and this was after all from the start an introductionary offer, so I feel they got their money worth. 🙂

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Dec 25 2007

Forum Up

Published by under General

The Chatroom has been been discarded and a forum has taken it’s place. The link is found to the right and here. You can use the same account that you register with on this blog. Most of the posts made at this blog will find their way there. Former posts will however unfortunately not be linked to over there unless you actually bring them up by commenting on them. Promoting related businesses is okay, as long as it’s not done in an absolutely shameless fashion.

The goal of this forum is threefold:

  1. To create a very open minded forum on primitive skills and primitive living (politics not excluded) .
  2. Sharing information on skills, locations etc…
  3. To make a forum where European primitive skill practitioners can find eachother, plan meetings etc…

I am going to invite every primitive skills practitioner I know of and do my best to help kickstarting this thing. And by the way: Non-European practitioners are not excluded from participating of course.

Enjoy yourself folks!

PS! Got a new camera now, so I’ll make an attempt of remaking some of the lost tutorials. 😉

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Dec 24 2007

Merry Christmas!

Or God Jol in Norwegian. Have a nice one folks. I’m not into the religious nor the consumerist aspects of this holiday, but its a great time to spend with family and eat good food. 😀

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