Yesterday we got home from three weeks in Sweden visiting our kids and grand kids. If I had been looking for blog things I would have talked about the three wooden spatulas that I whittled from fire wood at the kids cottage. Don't let limited tools keep you from wood workings. I used a fixed blade Mora 511 sheath knife,
|carbon steel, delivered razor sharp and currently|
on a sales deal of 3 for $15.00 Cdn in Sweden. Yes, I bought a few.
the small blade on my Swiss Army knife
|I have owned and lost more of these knives that I care to remember. But...always replace them.|
and a bit of sand paper to make two small spatulas for the little girls play kitchen and a full sized one for their Mommy's kitchen.
I also wandered through every tool and hardware store I could find. I really liked the Bauhaus in Uppsala, it has a large selection of wood working tools.
For me the highlight of the trip, after my daughter-in-law defending her Phd thesis and being awarded her degree by the medical faculty at Uppsala University was a trip to Mora Sweden to see the Dala horse factory
|all made and painted by hand in the factory in Musnas, near Mora.|
|These four kitchen knives cost 50 SEK each, ($7.59 Cdn).|
Also very stout and very sharp, used in Iceland to clean fish.
Northern Sweden looks like a giant plantation forest and much of their world is wood. Houses have wooden siding instead of vinyl and most of them are painted red or yellow.
Anyway, we are back home, unpacked and trying to catch up on things. It is nice to travel, it is great to see the grand kids, but it is nice to come home too.