Spoon 36 of 52 – The Blini (Miniature Pancake) Flipper in Lappish Scot’s Pine

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This is the fourth spoon from a special bit of pine sourced from the North of Finnish Lapland. The wood is incredible, it is dense yet workable, has a rich creamy colour, a distinct grain and an almost magical quality to it. Quoting myself, below gives a bit of background info on the tree.

“It’s made from a dead standing pine found right in Northern Finland in Lapland. The tree was located on the edge of a bog where the soil nutrition is poor and because of the long harsh winters the growth of the tree was extremely slow. This is perfect for carving, as the usually soft pine is dense and strong.

Although the trunk wasn’t much bigger than the thickness of my wrist, it was approximately 100 years old or more. And it could have been standing for 30 years or more once it was dead. I was using it for firewood but had to keep some for making spoons as it was so beautiful.”

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Spoon 35 of 52 – The Salt Spoon in Yew

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I am not sure about the use of this spoon, so went with a salt spoon. It could be used for adding spices to a sauce of something. It is made from a bit of Yew I found in a pile at my Mum’s house. This pile of wood found its way there from my Granddad – giving some of the wood to my mum, for her fire! Can’t be having that, so I took a couple of pieces for spoon making.

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How I Funded My Studies as a Wilderness Guide in Finland

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Something that often interests me when reading other blogs about adventure or travel is the money. Quite simply I often wonder how people fund their expeditions and travels.

I will give a rough overview of how much it cost me to study for 10 months as a Wilderness Guide in Finland. In short it roughly cost me around £3500 (approx €4775) in total, including fees, travel, food equipment – EVERYTHING. I saved this money whilst working at an architectural firm when I was living in London. Initially I was saving and training to join a team that would be rowing the Atlantic – if I made it into the team it would cost 5k.

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Spoon 34 of 52 – The Egg and Spoon Race Spoon in Driftwood of Unknown Wood

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I have fallen another week behind on the spooning, oopsie, I think I need to make about 4 to catch up now. I might make a little family of similar spoons one week to get back on track.

I made this minimalist one yesterday. I say made… I simply chiselled a scoop in the end and it felt right like that, so I left it where it was.

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Spoon 33 of 52 – The Double Ended Coffee and Cognac Mini Kuksa Spoon in Green Hazel

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I have left this spoon where it is, slightly unfinished, and un-oiled. I was seriously tight with time last week, due to running the pennine way in 10 days with my friend Dave, for more info take a look at our website: http://www.running10in10.WordPress.com. I finished this before the run, on the journey to my mum’s place and was sanding it on the platform whilst waiting for my train! Got a few strange looks but it beats staring at your smart phone right.

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