Finnish Bushcraft/Outdoor Thread

LostViking

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Since we have had some discussion about the Finns lately.
The Winter War, Sisu, NATO, Molotov Cocktails, and more.

I thought this might be a good time to start a Finn (Nordic) Outdoor Thread.
Plus I'm coming out of winter and I bored. So deal.

The Finns do things slightly different than us, and most of Europe as well.
They are a people that march to their own drum.

I have learned a lot from them over the years. Some of it works very well here in my environments.
Some not as well. Mainly do to the type of wood I encounter.

But many of their tools and techniques have been time tested in real world situations.
Over the years, I have found many of their ideas and strategies are extremely valid in my Woods Roaming.

To kick this off, I introduce you to the Finnish Loue,


The basic Finn open front shelter.
Like all shelters there are pluses and minuses.

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LostViking

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I rendezvoused in a Baker ( fancy version of a Whelan ) for many years. I still have it but its pretty whipped on now. Too damn many poles !!! lol It really is a nice design if you want an open end for a fire though.

I switched over to a simple wedge tent and am happy with the design. No bell back just a standard wedge with flaps on both ends for the hot days. Breeze blows right through.

When its cold, I run a dbl length ridge pole and put a fly on it. I can build a ( small controlled ) fire right under the edge of the fly and leave the flap open on that end of the wedge. Works great. Fire is out of the weather and the heat rolls right into the tent. Still need 3 poles though.

Nothing like a simple fly for quick setup with an open fire.

I like these guys:
http://www.pantherprimitives.com/
 
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LostViking

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I've been roaming the property a bit, in search of a new semi permanent basecamp.
Or at least a fallback/regroup location.

I've had my eye on this small ridge line since last summer.
Saturday, I hiked up and looked around.


At the top, It falls away nicely in all directions.


There was a shed laying there, so I took that as a good sign.




Much steeper then the photos would indicate, and raw materials waiting to be harvested.


First order of business was a small fire.


Staying with the Finnish theme, this is a Kellam Fang. Made in Finland 80CrV2 steel, Curly Birch handle.
Doing some of the large lifting,


Once I had a fire going, I switched over to clean up mode.


If I was in real estate, I'd call this place "A Diamond In The Rough"
Or a "Handyman Special"
 

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No direct experience with the Loue,
Although I have employed the Plow Point tarp set up often.

I am currently researching the a Loue purchase.
It seems like there are some interesting features. With trade offs of course.

I like that short little "knee wall" at the back of the tent. I would wager that it adds quite a bit of room. Allowing a person to tuck in deeper from the opening during a storm. Ropes are a PITA though. ( especially drinking lol)

Those "plow point" type ends on the side walls seem like they would help cut a little wind and weather also.

Perfect level woods ground is hard to come by. Plow points, diamonds & fly are pretty forgiving.

All those tent angles seem like they would go against a uniform set up.
 

LostViking

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Made a few toggles to get gear off the ground,


If you haven't tried Tarred Bank Line, you should seek some out.


It was mostly just a clearing day, I burned a lot of downed wood so I could walk around without breaking my neck.


I sawed and stacked some of the better quality wood. You can see behind what much of the area looked like.


I'm sure to some this may have looked risky with all the leaves on the ground.
But that is because I didn't take any photos of the two inches of wet snow that was on the ground in the morning.


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LostViking

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The Puukko,
The go to belt knife for Finns.

This one is an Ahti Vaara Puukko
https://ragweedforgestore.com/products/ahti-varra-9608
They can be had for around $75.00-$90.00


Here is a shot of the back sewn sheath,
The Finns seem to be able to accomplish more with less.
The back sewn sheath holds the knife so firmly, you can invert and violently shake it, and the knife stays put.
Yet a slight twist and it slides right out.


Another benefit of that thight fit is that it keeps weather out.

The knife itself is a rather simple affair,
But well balanced and laser sharp/


It's all held together by simply peening the rat tail tang over a brass ferrule.


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240Geezer

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Made a few toggles to get gear off the ground,


If you haven't tried Tarred Bank Line, you should seek some out.


It was mostly just a clearing day, I burned a lot of downed wood so I could walk around without breaking my neck.


I sawed and stacked some of the better quality wood. You can see behind what much of the area looked like.


I'm sure to some this may have looked risky with all the leaves on the ground.
But that is because I didn't take any photos of the two inches of wet snow that was on the ground in the morning.


LV,
I know you bushy guys better than to light up on dry stuff.