Something I scribbled a few months ago. She’s a rather old OC of mine. I remember that I started to draw digitally in 2009 or so, but sheesh, just what happened in between the last four years?! Whatever it is, I welcome it… I should also propably do this for the rest of the old OC-gang too…

(SHE ALSO FINALLY HAS A REAL NOSE AND NO BOOB-WINDOW OMG DID I GROW UP)

Here’s (sadly only) a few pictures I took last spring when I made some leather for my viking turnshoe-project! The leather is a vegetable (pine) tanned goatskin, which is then moistened with water, and then smothered with oil boiled from seal blubber. It’s rolled up tightly and left to sit in room-temp inside a plastic bag, and then on the next day, it’s stomped on. For hours and hours until your feet are numb :D when it’s visibly starting to dry up, you stretch it and let it breath for a few minutes, then back to stomping, rinse and repeat until the leather is completely dry.

Ta-da! you’ve got yourself a nice piece of very water-resistant, maybe even waterproof leather! :)
The oil made from seal blubber makes the leather water-resistant when it’s absorbed into the core of the skin. Funny thing is, the oil smells rather… fishy, but after a few days the leather itself smells nothing like fish. Magical :D (and nice, if you ask me.)

I will make an update about the shoes I ended up making from this piece later~

Suddenly

my post about my woodworking project from last year is getting a ton of reblogs and likes o_o So strange, yet so nice to see that people like it!

I should propably get some scheduled posts up and finally sort out more pictures of stuff I’ve done in school last year… And maybe I’ll get my tumblr’s looks finally renovated this weekend, since i’ve just forgot about it ever since I managed to messed up my old theme and decided to switch it. :D

guthbrand
taskinen:

Lemminkäinen is a prominent figure in Finnish mythology. He is one of the heroes of the Kalevala, where his character is a composition of several separate heroes of oral poetry. He is usually depicted as young and good-looking, with wavy red hair.
The original, mythological Lemminkäinen is a shamanistic figure. In the Kalevala, he has been blended together with epic war-heroes Kaukomieli/Kaukamoinen and Ahti Saarelainen.

taskinen:

Lemminkäinen is a prominent figure in Finnish mythology. He is one of the heroes of the Kalevala, where his character is a composition of several separate heroes of oral poetry. He is usually depicted as young and good-looking, with wavy red hair.

The original, mythological Lemminkäinen is a shamanistic figure. In the Kalevala, he has been blended together with epic war-heroes Kaukomieli/Kaukamoinen and Ahti Saarelainen.

aerann

Ahh, it’s good to be back to school, even if the start wasn’t very… stable at all. We basically started without any confirmed teachers for us at all, thanks to the higher-ups being arseholes and all that…

But now we’ve gotten things rolling again, slowly but surely, and boy does it make me feel energized and inspired to do stuff!
And we’ve got loads and loads of stuff to learn too, going to get every possible drip and drop of information and skills out of this second, and sadly the last year.

I still haven’t posted pictures of the rest of the works I did last year; but I will do so as I take better pictures of them, and actually finish my bronzecasting work which I wasn’t able to finish on time for last spring’s presentations.

I have two basic linen dresses(cotte/undercoat) in the works, and I finally got some really lovely 100% wool fabrics for a warmer apron-dress and a kaftan(coat) to add up to my so far very little viking-age garb. I’m planning on having the basic dresses and maybe even the coat done by the end of this month, for I’ve got places to go and look like a viking at :)

Most notably the medieval fair at Savonlinna 29.-31.8 and then the one-day medieval market fair at Kemiönsaari 14.9! The latter we are taking part with our class as part of the showcasing, bringing our giant viking tent with us. Let’s hope for a good weather!

I need to come up with cool stuff that I can craft this year for my presentations too, ohgodsohgodsohgods. So far I know that I’ll be making an ancient style backpack-frame and a leather apron for smithywork and such… and then I will do tests and see what happens if you try to tan leather with coffee. yes, coffee.

But what else?. That my dearhearts, is the question.

aerann

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nickname: Joiku
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favourite fruit: Mango
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