Traditional Finnish Household Skills

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  1. Mangrove

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    Here's a couples of films showing the skills of Reino Halin (born in 1937). Unfortunately none of them have subtitles. How to make wooden shingles for the roof.



    How to make a roundpole fence.



    Lumberjacks of the olden days.



    Making a basket out of shingles.

     
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    Great video.
    Love his kåsa, näbb shoes & russian airplane knife !

    Yup. That an oldtime Finnish guy.
     
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    Those guys probably forgot more woodsman skills then I'll ever know.
     
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    Love watching the expert knowledge at work. :)
     
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    Just wow!
     
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    Various documentaries of various themes mainly from the archive of the Finnish Broadcasting Company:

    Axes, saws and knives:

    "Stere World Championship", about a lumberjack competition held in 1945 (9 min, 1946)

    "New Felling Techniques" (9 min, 1951)

    Sheath knife, narrated in English (14 min, 1981)

    General:


    Life of the Finnish Soldiers in the Wilderness (9 min, 1943)

    "With Dogs in Lapland" (7 min, 1947)

    "Skiing with Ski" (9 min, 1955)

    "Cold Jumps", arctic survival course arranged by the Utti Jaeger Regiment (30 min, 1991)

    "Wilderness Hiking Championship of 2008" (60 min, 2008)

    "Surviving in the Cold", with English subtitles (6 min, 2010)

    Winter Warfare Training in Jaeger Brigade, with English subtitles (4 min, 2016)

    Gold panning
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    "North of Rovaniemi" (7 min, 1956)

    "Gold Divers" (28 min, 1969)

    Hunting and food:

    "Seal Hunters of the Bothnian Bay" (12 min, 1957)

    "Wolves of the Frontier (25 min, 1963)

    "Reindeer Dishes" (33 min, 1979)
     
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    Film from 1955 illustrating how to make a proper handle for an old and new style Finnish axe.



    Film from 1958 illustrating how to sharpen a chainsaw chain.

     
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    Wow! Great thread!!! That last video of the re-hafting of the axe is just awesome. That man has some serious skills, he makes it look effortless.
    Interesting wedging technique too...
    Great posts ! Thanks for sharing it all![emoji106][emoji106]
     
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    Thanks Mangrove.
    There's some great skills on here.
    Now if I can only remember some of what I see.
     
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    Four-part miniseries (with English subtitles) about gold panning in Lapland.







     
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    Hyvää vauhtia metsätöille (1943). 37 minute educational film produced by TTS ("Work Efficiency Institute") in four parts:

    - 0:48 - 10:34. Part I. How to make a bow saw out of birch, spruce and wire. How to modify and sharpen a saw blade.
    - 10:35 - 16:29. Part II. How to a shaft for an axe out of birch. How to sharpen an axe.
    - 16:30 - 30:59. Part III. How to make firewood.
    - 31:00 - 36:38. Part IV. How to fell down trees used to make paper.
     
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    Thanks for these videos! Does anyone know the name of that shingle making contraption in the lumberjack video? I would love to make one one day. I assume it is using something like a giant plane iron.....?
     
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    It is simply called "shingle plane" in Finnish ("pärehöylä"). You can find plenty of videos from e.g. YouTube using those Finnish search words.

    Lapland in Helsinki (7 min, 1936)
    Summer on the Fells (9 min, 1960)
     
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    That 1955 video of the axe handle making and sharpening was pretty amazing. I had no idea the snake head wedges would be so large, and he used two of them in the more modern haft.

    Very interesting and informative for my coming Finnish axe project!
     
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    Thanks. The proper name sure helps in researching!
     
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    Apparently no one ever told Reino Halin that a Fiskars splitting axe wasn't suitable as a bushcrafting axe. Just imagine what he could do if he had a "real" axe like a GB or a Wetterlings.


    :D


    I love watching this guy's gnarly old fingers make neat stuff.
     
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    Very cool stuff,
     
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    How to make a pair of traditional Finnish skis from Haapavesi.



    How to make a tar barrel.



    Building a modern peat goahti.

     
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    Thanks for the links and vids.

    I watched one, looking forward to many of the others.
     

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