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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    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)

    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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    How to make a kuksa with modern tools.



    Traditional reindeer round-up in Lapland.



     
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    National Board of Antiquities has released high-definition versions of many of their old 16mm films.





    Catching lampreys.



    Bellfounding.



    Pottery making.



    Making rope.



    Making traditional fisherman sweaters and food products for Baltic Herring Market held at Helsinki.

     
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    Thanks @Mangrove , these are always a treat to watch!
     
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    man this is cool!!!!
    thanks for sharing!
     
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    some serious skills here!
    this man is a true craftsman
     
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    wow
    Put all my forestry skills to shame haha What a speed, precision and crafts. These man were strong, fast and skilled. Some attitude.
    I was trained with a chainsaw, now it's mainly only joystick harvesters and forwarder. Times change fast...
     
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    Now this is a great thread!
     
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    Great videos
     
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    at given time, I am watching all the old school crafs and forest videos.

    I have seen some before, posted by Martti on Bushcraft UK, but they keep being so interesting too me.

    Its just amazing all those crafts, but also puts in perspective our current way of life.
    In 100- 50 years time things dramatically changed.

    I wonder if its a step forward...because nature is over used by machines and people have become so individualistic.
    Like that meadow harvest video. People had to cooperate. They even have to syncronize with other beings people, like to make a dugout boat and harvest the hay (wet hay haha).
    For like 10.000s of years lived in Gods creaton with nature and each other.....more peacefull mindset, the work was tiring enough
    puts it all very nicely into perspective, this forum is off course a wonderfull place to retrace the steps back to the true way.

    I also wonder why this thread is not so popular....maybe unknown....watched over or other reasons...

    Maybe @Pastor Chris has better wiser words. very good post, my major respect and thanks to @Mangrove
     
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    Really nice perspective and insight there Maurice!

    I think this is a very popular thread, for me anyway, it is one of my favorite booksmarks and I watch the videos quite often too. I find them very interesting and relaxing, but that is only because of my current sensibilities, which are my own and not shared by everyone (thank Heaven). Horses for courses as the saying goes. The thread is a popular as it needs to be in my opinion. It still exists and things are added occasionally. That is all I need!

    Indeed thanks to @Mangrove for posting and being a presence here, and a champion of Finnish cultural heritage!

    If he gets to more yard sales and can offer more Finnish axe heads for sale then all the better!
     
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    Thanks for sharing. My brother has traveled to Finland with his work a few times and keeps in touch with some friends he has there.

    I forwarded the links to him and the link to this thread. I'm sure he will find them enjoyable.

    My favorite tale he shared with me was of their sauna and jumping into a snow bank with them. :)

    Jim
     
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    Some great, albeit low-resolution photographs taken in 1909 of traditional Finnish tools and utensils from Niemelä tenant farm. Photographs from finna.fi:

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    I'd love to be at that yard sale!
     
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    These 9mm videos are a real treasure too!!! I just watched them the last days.

    I watch them with joy and ethousiasm but the feeling we left a pure path remains. It saddens me. Work in my area, is almost without exception totally stupid, boring and uninteresting now............

    Maybe, yeah, that's how I feel it, I was born in the wrong century.

    We might have a purpose here, we as crafters, and homesteaders. but as with my ex professional job, it was/is swimming against the current.

    Anyway enough remeniscence.
     
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    I liked this one alot!

     
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    mm.jpg C__Data_Users_DefApps_AppData_INTERNETEXPLORER_Temp_Saved Images_finn5.jpg

    I just love This

    Note the Puukko

    and birch bark ? or pine? woven basket
     
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    The basket is woven out of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) shingles as seen in the film in my initial post. The dress of a rather wealthy woman is not from Finland, but a reconstruction of either Iron Age Estonian or Latvian dress.
     
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    Yeah that was pretty neat. I like the little sled for the laundry, and the look on the children's faces when the woman was making thread from sinew. It is amazing at how "primitive" things seemed, If I can use that term without offending, yet how elegant at the same time. I suppose it has to do with keeping one's priorities in order; something that we more "advanced" people have lost.
     
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    Since 2017 is the centenary of Finland's independence, YLE (public service broadcasting company) has produced a slow television program called Meidän maamme (literally "our land"). It illustrates different natural and urban regions of Finland as seen from the air. There's no narration. Each episode is around 30 min in length and if you only watch one, do watch the second episode.

    All episodes at areena.yle.fi
    Episode 2 - Eastern and Northern Lapland
     
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    thank you for sharing!
    I wish you a good anniversity too!
    I admire your country and its spirit.
    Some parts of Europe, like Holland, has become total soft. Willing to have no belief, stand for nothing, never put op a fight, draw no borders where needed, be totally tolerant, weigh stuff the way its make this less hassle and the most money. Plus believe that a tolerant mixture of all is fine! So we see now especially 2015, 2016 and 2017 become to draw shape of years of neglect.
    We can learn alot from the Fins.
    Take care.
     
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    How to sew a pair of "tallukat" shoes traditionally used in Tavastia and Satakunta regions during the four winter months.

     
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    Preparing traditional Finnish dishes with Madventures (with English subtitles):

    1) European badger



    2) Grey seal

     
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    thanks for the additions, keep up the good work!
     
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    Some new episodes have been released to the series: http://areena.yle.fi/1-3859526
     
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    Glad I found this thread. Amazing to watch the masters at work.
     
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