All posts tagged: folk

The rope, the sea and Matti

I realized that I never posted about a place where I went when I was in Kotka at the beginning of May. I visited Matti, a craftsman who knows how to do products with rope, with really old techniques. He has a little workshop by the sea at Sapokka, Kotka where he sells his products in the summertime. I talked with him about the techniques and life, I really appreciate his work! I bought this awesome table brush/trivet made of rope. So beautiful and I bet it will last almost forever.   Tajusin just, että en ikinä postannut mitään juttua paikasta, jossa kävin kun olin Kotkassa visiitillä toukokuun alussa. Kävin nimittäin Matin luona. Matti on käsityöläinen, joka osaa tehdä oikeasta köydestä mitä mahtavimpia töitä vanhoilla tekniikoilla. Hänellä on pieni työhuone meren rannalla Sapokassa, Kotkassa. Kesäisin hän myy työhuoneeltaan tuotteitaan, kuten pannunalusia, eteisen mattoja ja muita ihania juttuja. Juttelin hänen kanssaan vanhoista tekniikoista ja elämästä, arvostan hänen taitoaan todella paljon! Ja ostin tällaisen ihan huipun pöytäharja/pannunalusen, jonka malli on 1600-luvun purjelaivoista. Niin kaunis ja kestää mitä …

Warsaw’s National Museum of Ethnography

The perfect Easter post is a post about my visit to the National Museum of Ethnography in Warsaw. Why? Because I saw that Polish people are very much into Easter, specialised in egg painting and decorating. They also love floral decorations: for wedding crowns, hanging decorations, prints in textiles… The museum is in very central place in Warsaw but still it’s very quiet to go (compared to the war museums there). Note! On Saturdays there’s free entrance. And I have to say that the collections and how the whole museum was curated was awesome! One of the most interesting museums I’ve ever visited. Everything was very modern and interactive although there wasn’t much in English and although the subject was folk. In the music room you could listen all the folk instruments from the tubes coming out of the wall. There was this little Jewish temple built inside the museum. And there were so many interesting details for me to study. On the top of the museum there was a large, most amazing room with a …

DIY: Beeswax candles

  It never stops to amaze me how much wonderful things nature can give to us. This time it’s the beeswax, provided by the bees. It’s one of the world’s oldest ingredients for candles, cosmetics and so many other applications. I also love honey and I love the smell of these beeswax candles (reminds me of childhood visits to the Orthodox monasteries). These candles are just the perfect little Christmas presents because they are lovely, super-easy to make and I bet everyone appreciates that you made them yourself. I ordered beeswax sheets (size: 15 cm x 42,5 cm) from here but make sure you use your local beeswax (there’s lots of producers out there). I also ordered the candle wick with the right thickness (3×10) for my approximately  17-32 mm wide candles. That’s really important if you want your candles to burn evenly and nice. Here we go then: You’ll need one sheet of beeswax. Decide how tall candles do you want and measure the length of the candle wick. Put the wick on the other edge of the …

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Making a spruce rope and beams with Reino Halin

The video series about the traditional wood master Reino Halin continues. This episode is definitely a hardcore one as wooden beams are not every girl’s cup of tea. But still I can just admire the knowledge of this man.   Videosarja perinteisten puutöiden taitajan Reino Halinin seurassa jatkuu. Tämä jakso on hieman hardcore, koska harvemmin itsekään tulee tarvittua massiivista puupalkkia (joskus tietysti voi tulla ajankohta, kun sellaista kaipaa). Mutta silti ei voi muuta kuin ihailla tämän miehen tietotaitoa.

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Craft Museum of Finland

When I moved to Jyväskylä the first things I decided was to visit the Craft Museum of Finland which is located here. Because I love traditional handcrafts and have almost made my living in that field of culture (maybe in the future I will). The museum is quite small but it has such a wonderful things inside it. Interactive things, old school crafts, beautiful textiles and modern ways of using traditional skills. Like carpenter Esa Niiranen‘s skateboards made of Finnish wood, birch bark and reclaimed old textiles. Totally worth visiting.   Kun muutin Jyväskylään, ensimmäisiä asioita joita päätin tehdä, oli käydä viimein Suomen käsityön museossa, joka siis täällä sijaitsee. Koska miä rakastan perinteisiä käsitöitä ja oon melkein siirtynyt työurallanikin siihen suuntaan (ehkä tulevaisuudessa vielä siirrynkin). Tuo museo on aika pieni, mutta silti se pitää sisällään kaikenlaisia ihastuttavia juttuja. Interaktiivisia asioita, vanhan ajan käsitöitä, kauniita tekstiilejä ja myös moderneja tapoja hyödyntää vanhoja perinteisiä tekniikoita. Kuten mallipuuseppä Esa Niirasen skeittilaudat, jotka on tehty suomalaisesta puusta, tuohesta ja kierrätetyistä vanhoista perinneliinoista. Ehdottomasti siis visiitin arvoinen paikka.

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Making a wooden fence with Reino Halin

Everyone in Scandinavia knows this wooden fence type, usually made of spruce (Picea abies). Reino Halin, the master, shows us how to make one in this second episode of the video series about traditional Finnish craftsmanship.   Kaikki Skandinaviassa asuvat tietävät tämän puuaitamallin, joka yleensä tehdään tavallisesta kuusesta (Picea abies). Suomalaisen perinnekäsityön videosarjan toisessa jaksossa Reino Halin, mestarimme, näyttää meille miten puuaita tehdään.

Old shingle roof

On one of our walks we bumped into this old bulletin board with a wonderful shingle roof. I just love the way the shingle has gone old and grey. Just beautiful!   Yhdellä kävelyretkellä törmäsimme tähän vanhaan ilmoitustauluun, jossa oli aivan ihana pärekatto. Miä rakastan sitä, miten tuo päre on vanhentunut ja harmaantunut. Todella kaunista!

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Shingle roof making with Reino Halin

This post will be the first one in a series that I’ve been planning to make for this blog. Because I want to share with you something cool that I found from Youtube. By now you might have noticed that I’m kinda into folk things and traditional craftsmanship. Finland has so many wonderful traditional techniques that have been slowly dying and I try to do my part to keep them alive. So I bumped into videos by Metsähallitus Natural Heritage Services. They have made a video series about Reino Halin, a master of Finnish traditional craftsmanship. He is my new hero and I want you to get to know him, too. This man knows everything about our cultures crafting techniques, how to use different tools and materials and he is just inspirational. In this first video we learn how to make a traditional shingle roof. In Finland the shingle roofs started to appear at the end of 19th century when the nails became more common. The roofs were made with the help of all the …

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Learning the shingle things

When you see the picture above I bet you go: “Well, that’s not too impressive”. But you know what?! That shingle basket was the very first that I made myself. Have you tried to make one? It’s not easy and my story started in a hot and sunny day last summer… I have always wanted to learn the craft of making a shingle basket. Unfortunately my grandfathers weren’t here long enough to teach me and I don’t know anyone who has that skill. I love the rough look of the basket and I use one almost every day when I go to the store. In the autumn it’s well in use when we are going to pick some mushroom. So last summer I accidentally found old bunch of shingles at my dad’s. He told me that those were the shingles that my grandpa once made. I thought that this would be a wonderful opportunity for me to try to make that basket. Well, I’m very independent and self-willed girl so I started to make one. …

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Pro Puu Association

Yesterday I spent the day at Lahti. One of the interesting places that I’ve been dreaming of visiting for a while now is Pro Puu Association and its center. The association is a modern guild of wood professionals like craftsmen, designers and architects. They are housed in a former match factory, a wonderful red brick building, just by the lake and harbour. There they have a gallery space and a shop but also spaces for the craftsmen to work. In the gallery there have been quite interesting exhibitions like one about Japanese wood joints. And the shop is full of beautiful wood work from different professionals. Every item has a modern Scandinavian feeling but with a touch of old world. You could just feel how much talent, skills and understanding of the materials everything these had in it. Respect.   Vietin eilisen päivän Lahdessa. Yksi mielenkiintoisimman kuuloisista paikoista, jossa mun on pitänyt käydä jo jonkun aikaa, on Pro Puu -keskus. Pro Puu ry on vähän niin kuin moderni kilta, joka kokoaa yhteen kaikki puualan ammattilaiset: puusepät, suunnittelijat ja arkkitehdit. Keskus …