It's great for customising clothes etc, but it does take a lot of time. Great for keeping your hands busy while watching the news, if a simple pattern, or, alternatively, keep your mind off everything else if it's a complicated pattern.
No it isn't and that's why people generally aren't willing to pay (enough) for handcrafted items.I don't think the importance of the time craftwork takes is appreciated enough. Until this situation occurred, I never seemed to have much spare time, it is precious to me. Some people play computer games with the time they have spare, but that just feels like a way to pass time to me, what does it achieve? What does it produce?
Craftwork usually creates something. You are left with a result of your labours that you can look at and remember how you used that precious time.
Life is far too short and our time should not be wasted.
No it isn't and that's why people generally aren't willing to pay (enough) for handcrafted items.
I tend to buy indie-dyed yarn and even though it can seem very expensive compared to commercial yarn, I still get months of enjoyment making something with it and then years of enjoyment wearing/using them.
I don't normally have that much time for knitting and my hands can only take so much at a time, so it seemingly takes for ever to finish things. But then a single sock knitted in fingering/4ply is about 13,000 stitches!
Quite a few projects, mostly not very bushcrafty.
First a couple of custom shelf things made of 19mm birch ply, one to support a new monitor with room for a laptop tucked underneath, monitor borrowed from work in order to work from home, and one to support my speaker, displaced from the table now occupied by the monitor. Was going to try box jointing, but as I don't have a jig, ended up just hand planing edges very straight and square, then screwing sides to tops.
Then there was the bracket to hold a mirror on the back of the bathroom door, to give me a fighting chance at cutting my own hair.
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Then there was the discovery that the clippers that I bought years ago, and have never used, were broken internally, had a part rattling loose inside and wouldn't cut. With clippers in such short supply, I decided to have a go at fixing it if I could. First job, grind a drive bit to remove the three security screws sitting too deep for standard hex bits to reach. Then make a replacement for the broken plastic moulding that held the double spring that held the moving blade in place. Talk about a royal PITA. Hope my polycarbonate is stronger than their nylon. If it works for a couple of cuts it will be worth it. It does work now, so its just longevity I have to worry about.
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A couple of DIY tarps made of Silpoly from Ripstopbytheroll. One catenary cut hex in 1.0oz and a slightly cat cut with doors in 1.6oz. The latter of which I find I have no decent photos. The hex packs down nice and small. Haven't weighed it yet, but I am happy with it. Took long enough figuring how to do the edge seams and they are not as neat as I would like. Anyone who tells you that you don't need to use grosgrain on the edges of tarps, just use a rolled hem, is most likely NOT talking about hex tarps. Without the ribbon there was miles too much stretch on the bias edges and they just flopped about in the wind, not a taut pitch at all. Went back and used 15-16mm ribbon, folded to over sew the existing rolled hem, and got the taut edges I wanted.
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I just love these, such amazing craftsmanship.
You may remember I decorated a bowl and kuksa recently for a winter trip to Finnish Sápmi that I am planning with friends. I chose a Sámi mythological theme for them using traditional symbols from their Noaidi Drums in keeping with the Arctic destination.
I wanted a nice bag to carry them in, not just to protect them in packing but also to store them safely around camp. The most practical way to do the latter is often to be able to hang it from a line in the shelter.
I had a small amount of Sámi made, birch tanned reindeer leather left over from some other jobs. Working with this material, with it's distinctive aroma, always evokes memories of my time up at Lofotr in the Summer. A wonderful time spent in the land of the Midnight Sun. I obtained the hides from the Winter Market in Jokkmokk, another destination up north of the Arctic Circle.
It seems therefore the most appropriate material I could possibly use to make the bag I wanted for my Saivo Bowl and Firefox Kuksa.
Many cultures believe that there is a "right" way to do things and a "proper time" to do them as well. The concept is often translated simply as "auspicious" but it is more complicated than that. The Inuit say for example that it is about showing correct and proper respect to the spirits and ancestors.
For me at least, yesterday, as the planet revolved again and completed it's 56th orbit of the sun since I came kicking and screaming into this world, just felt like the perfect time to be making this bag.