New post on Youtube.

I have put together a videoclip of me building a log hut. I have always had a fascination for the sami culture, the indeginous people of the northern scandinavia. My ancestors were sami people that became settlers in the early 1800, but I have no sami culture left in the family that have influenced me growing up or anything. I think my interest has got to do with both ethnography, an interest in the craft, the nomadic outdoor lifestyle of the sami people – and also a personal interest in my own history.
Well, this is a typical building for the sami people. They used them in the lower regions where they had timber to build with. In the mountains the buildings looked different.
But this is also a common sight on any homestead in the northern part of Sweden. When you travel around Lapland you see that people like to have a nice outdoor place to sit out by the fire and make some coffee, eat something and lie to each other.

ps. I´m hoping to get lots of views on this one! I will greatfully accept any suggestions from you readers how to become viral with craftvideos on Youtube! What do you think would attract viewers? ds.

Vidjor

Ett vackert bindsle av vidjor. På Träslottet i Arbrå. Lägg märke till den kluriga sammansättningen av två vidjor. Jodå, jag har sett sådana förut men nu kunde jag ta en hyfsad bild.

Planes for making windows

Showing my planes for making windows. Interesting tools. Old planes for windows have three different blades. When I made my own I made it with just one blade. The difficulty with that is that it is very problematic to shape the blade, the sharp corners that you get in the blade. But there are old planes for windows with just one blade. I happen to have one. There is no difference when you work with a tool if it is made with one or three blades.




A new window for my workshop.

Porch.


I finally took the time to take care of some pictures. This is from a job I did this summer. It is a piece for a porch at an old house in Sillerbo, Ljusdal. I got the chance to use a very special mouldingplane for this job. These kind of mouldings are very common as ornaments on old woodwork, doors, furniture etc. around here.

Sparrbila

Jag jobbar just nu med projektet Konst/Hemslöjd. Ett projekt för att skapa offentlig utsmyckning i vårdmiljö. Landstinget i Stockholm driver projektet där hemslöjd och konst möts. Jag arbetar tillsammans med Folkform. För vår del kommer projektet att handla en del om ursprungliga ytor.
Jag har börjat undersöka huggna, bilade ytor i slöjdföremål.
I hälsingland har man bilat sparrar ända fram till en långt in på 1900-talet. Sparrarna bilades med yxa och exporterades till bland annat Egypten. De bilade sparrarna tullades inte som sågat virke, vilket tydligen var grejjen. Jag har varit intresserad av detta länge och i sommras fick jag tag på en fin sparrbila på auktion. I detta projekt kunde den komma till användning.

Sparrbilan är en Urafors, eggen är 33 centimeter lång och saxslipad, yxhuvudet är helt plant på ena sidan, likaså eggen. Sparrbilan visade sig vara suverän att jobba med. Girig som en bankdirektör. Saxslipningen gör att yxan trycks in i träet, istället för att vilja gå ur, som en normal bila. Bilan visar inte en tillstymmelse till att vilja stöta. När man hugger längs en snörslagen linje så vill den hela tiden ta för sig mer och gå innanför linjen, tvärt emot vad jag är van vid.

I am currently working with the project Konst/Hemslöjd (Art/Craft). A project to create public decoration in the healthcare environment. County Council of Stockholm runs the project in which crafts and art meet. I work together with Folkform. For our part, the project will involve original surfaces. I have begun to examine hewn surfaces in craft objects. In Hälsingland they have made hewn beams as late as well into the 1900s. The beams where hewn and exported to for example Egypt. The customs on hewn beams were not the same as sawn timber, which was apparently the thing. I’ve been interested in this for a long time and this summer I got hold of a nice axe for beams at an auction. It can be of use in this project. The axe is a Urafors, the edge is 33 centimetres long and the edge is shaped like on a scissors, flat on one side. The axe proved to be excellent to work with. Greedy as a bank director.

Update: here are two pictures showing the log after I have shaped three sides. I didn´t bother to take off the bark, so the chalkline was very vague when I cut the beam.

Working on an ald house.

I have been working for Gamla Trähus, a company that have specialized in repairing old timberhouses, for the last months. That is why nothing has happened on the blog. The last seven weeks I have been in Härnösand, repairing an old house at Murberget open air museum. They wrote an article about it on their webpage. The text is in swedish. Try the google translate, maybe you will at least get a good laugh!

http://www.ylm.se/om-museet/press/artiklar/kokhuset-tar-form-paa-nytt

Scythe


It is summer, and time to mow all the high grass around the house. A couple of years ago I made my own scythe. It is really inspiring to be able to make something so useful and custom-make it to suit yourself. It is satisfying to feel how good it works.

I have used the scythe for 3-4 years now but the details are still not finished!

Blade by Mattias Helje.


It takes a while to learn to mow with a scythe. I had the opportunity to get some good advice on how to adjust the blade etc., and also how to mow, by Janne Eliasson from Fågelsjö. Janne got his first scythe when he was 7 years old and has made several scythes for himself. He has great skills and knowledge about traditional woodworking. Always generous in everything he does. So a big thanks to him!


Sometimes when you are mowing grass with a scythe you find a mouse nest hidden under all the tall grass. They are cute while they are small, sleeping so peacefully together.

Making a mouldingplane

I have written about mouldingplanes before in this blog. It is definately one of my favourite tools. A while back I made a mouldingplane to make new doormouldings for an old house. I took some pictures to show the process.

I looked at an old plane and copied the angles for the blade.

Then roughed out the opening.

This is how the blade goes.

Be carefull to drill those holes straight.

The blade and the wedge is fitted.

A kind of primitive way to copy the profile. But it works.

I start shaping the profile of the plane.

I cut it with different types of gouges.

The plane with the blade I am using. Now I can draw the profile on the blade.

I use a Dremel, files, sandpaper and wetstones to shape the blade. I can also use a grindstone, but it is easily wasted.
You can see the difference between the actual profile and the blade.

It is important that the blade follow the profile of the plane properly. If you have an old mouldingplane that you want to use, this is the first thing you should check.

The plane is ready to use.

To the right is the old doormoulding. To the left is the testpiece made with the new plane.

My building preservation at Halfway Hill.

This is the old outhouse, at the place we bought three years ago, that is slowly turning into my new workshop. I have lifted the whole outhouse 30-40 centimetres and replaced 3 of the timberlogs and repaired one log. The building has also been straightened up and got new panels and partly new roof.










This summer, after I had put a floor in, i could inaugurate the workshop by making the bottom frame for a porch for an old farmhouse. Which made me realize that this workshop is way too small. So I will have to turn the entire outhouse into a workshop, and not just a part of it. The first part of the workshop is planned to be finished this winter/spring .

My friend Anders Assis, who owns the old farmhouse, put the frame into place and has made the stair.