First day of the festival is well on it’s way. The people are nice and the weather is excellent! I’m happy to have my workshop next to some guys making a traditional earth lodge for sheltering boats.
And did I mention that it’s beautiful up here?
Presently I’m in Northern Norway where I have an assignment on building a currach (small skin boat) on a festival. On my spare time I’ll check out all the other cool things being built here and try my luck fishing in the sea.
I prefer northerners over southerners due to their laid back culture and the openness and directness they show. For potential male tourists it is also worth mentioning that the girls up here in general are exceedingly beautiful. 😉
I am currently building my winter lodge. Despite moskitoes, kleggs, midges and god knows what else, it is very rewarding work. Hopefully it will keep me warm through the winter.
The main frame is pine and spruce poles, shingeling birch bark and turf from rocks to insulate and keep the bark down. The size is fairly good, approximately 15 sq. meters floor space.
I’ll probably not finish it completely until August.
These three books have profoundly affected how I look upon our world. I might have mentioned them before, but I feel they’re so important that I’ll mention them again.
“Edible Forest Gardens” explains very well the ecology of a forest, the life involved and the dynamics of it. It gives you a theoretical background on how we potentially could incorporate all life into our lives.
“Tending the Wild” tells us how the native Californians used various methods, especially fire, to make their lands more habitable to themselves and increase the variety of species in the environment. These kinds of techniques were at some point utilized over much of the world and the details here will provide many pointers on how to make our landscapes far more productive. My most important lesson from this book: We are part of nature and as long as we treat our fellow beings with respect they will share their lives with us for all time to come.
“Journey to the Ancestral Self” guides you through how to reconnect with most aspects of yourself in the context of animals, birds, plants, rocks and all the other ones in this world. To me, this is the most important book I have ever read.
In regards to what is happening, I have been a bit lazy on the posting, poor mobile reception sometimes gets in in the way too. The course this weekend went fine I think and I might make a separate post on it at some point. Over the next days I will try to finish my earthlodge and update with pictures of it when I’m done.
Over the last days I have been working on a blowgun. The wood is an unidentified exotic, that I found in Trondheim.
The pith on this particular piece of wood is a bit small, so I’m unsure if the gun will work without enlarging it additionally.