This is from a bit of wood that I smuggled back into the UK from Finland, its from one piece of a suitcase full. Each bit of wood with a different charm, hence the reason for transporting them 1000s of miles home. This is the third spoon from this particular tree – an ancient dead standing pine that I was using for firewood whilst on a 10 days solo ski through Finnish Lapland. The other spoons were: The Three Bear’s Porridge Spoon and The Necklace Spoon. The beauty of this pine is that is has grown so slowly due to the conditions it was in – high in the North of Lapland where the Winters are long and harsh and the summers are short, bright and relatively hot with poor soil conditions. This means that the wood grows very slowly creating a hard, close grained pine.
To gain experience as a guide, during the IWG training you are required to work with two companies, totalling 5 – 6 weeks. You offer your services for free in return for the experience.
This was my first practical training position, my second was as an assistant ski guide. During the first 3 weeks of December 2014 I worked as an assistant dog sled guide at Saija lodge, a family run company offering husky tours in central Finland. Located just below the arctic circle, where the sun coyly rises at 10.10am, floating just above the horizon before sedately slipping away again several hours later, at 1.30pm. A sun filled day compared to many of my course mates who were further north, where the sun didn’t rise at all.