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Saami Antler crafts

Discussion in 'DIY and Traditional crafts' started by Tengu, Jan 15, 2020 at 6:45 PM.

  1. Tengu

    Tengu Full Member

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    What do they do with Reindeer antler?

    I am looking in my osseous bit bag and going hmmm.

    (Tired of Embroidery at the moment)
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Knife handles, small containers (needles and such), spoons, salt cellars, salt and pepper containers for the table, Plaques to use as an inlay in kaasas, parts for spear staffs.
    Bottle opener and cork screw handles.
    Serving cutlery handles
    Buttons.
    Parts in bracelets, ornaments you hang around our neck.
    Brooches.

    That is including the modern stuff.
     
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  3. TLM

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    Well, you could try making a figure 8, kielas, for your suopunki (the Sami version of a lasso).

    They used reindeer and elk antler where we use plastic and metals.
     
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    I've always fancied making one of these

    tried once but had too small a piece of antler

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  5. Janne

    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I forgot to mention that knife scabbards can also be made, but that is quite difficult.
     
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    I have made some lovely buttons with antler. Also made a handle on a ferro rod. I still have to finish putting a handle on a knife blade. And I have a half made pot.look at Willow Lhors work. It's wonderful. I'll see if I have any photos of her work.
    There is also scarf woggles, toggles whistles and keyrings.

    Sorry no photos of her antler work.
     
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    whistles (from the tips)
    i recently came across a YouTube clip with Ray Meade where he made prongs for a fishing spear from antler...
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    I do not think the Saame made whistles or fishing spears to be frank.

    Tengu, have you worked with antler before?

    If you can, the combination of birch wood and antler is beautiful, IMO.
     
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    Yep, make buttons. I’m not the only one here with a Bison Guide shirt or similar that isn’t missing a button or two, or wants to replace them all with antler. Could be a little sideline that’ll put a few quid in your pocket?
     
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    Dogoak Bushcrafter (boy, I've got a lot to say!)

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    Just remember to use a suitable dust mask when working the stuff!
     
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    I think Sami made fishing spears but not out of antler.
     
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    Thanks guys, -a lot of inspiration there.

    Trouble with reindeer antler is its flat rather than round (like Red deer, -found in southern Scandanavia)

    The Elk give big palmate antlers; were they used for anything?
     
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    Any material that was readily available was used. Elk antler is quite like reindeer.
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Only the top bits are flat, the 'branches' close to the skull are round.

    Elk/moose have wonderful antlers, but the size makes making knife handles and such round items difficult, if you shape down to size you will go into the antler marrow part. Not beautiful, nor strong.

    I have a couple of salt cellars ( salt ptarmigan) made by the famous Saame artist Lars Pirak. Reindeer horn crown. (the bit closest to the skull).

    I commissioned a couple larger ones from his son, Mikael, he had to use Moose antler crowns.

    I imagine they used the flat parts for large inlaying in wood.

    I have visited the fantastic Silver museum in Arjeplog a few times, and I do not recall any items being described as 'elk antler'.
    The link will take you the museum's website, you can find some nice pics of the exhibited items.Aall real, vintage Saami stuff, collected by the doctor through his life.

    https://r.search.yahoo.com/_ylt=AwrJ7JtumSBes0YABzNXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEyaDhkMjVhBGNvbG8DYmYxBHBvcwMxBHZ0aWQDQjkxNDZfMQRzZWMDc3I-/RV=2/RE=1579223534/RO=10/RU=https://silvermuseet.se/en//RK=2/RS=1ImCeUQSsamRmRqTcZ7UCyWjGbY-
     
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    Nice collection, as far as I understand quite typical objects too. There is a very well organized Sami museum in Inari it's called Siida, a good one at the National Museum in Helsinki. If somebody happens to move in Fennoskandia.
     
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    Janne M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)

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    Or does a bit of combo touristing.
    Mixing proper bushcrafting, Vodka degustation and cultural experience!

    I bought the tastiest pickled fish I ever have been eating in the Helsinki harbor.


    I love the Saame culture.
     
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    Its Wayland's website

    I like the steamcraft stuff he's been posting recently but the older pages are equally worth a look

    full site here

    www.wayland.me.uk/
     

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