Winter is Coming

The busyness of fall, of the harvest and preparing for winter, has filled my life recently. While I have not been doing much to prepare for the winter, per se, I have filled each day to the brim with wonderful things.

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The colours of fall in the björk (birch) trees

Simon and Ramona, two friends from Switzerland, arrived a couple weeks ago. Simon has worked with Fredrik several times in the past couple of years, and is a working blacksmith himself. We had a wonderful time all together, and I got a chance to see some of the area as we explored. Although Ramona has now gone back home, Simon is here for a few more weeks, and we continue having a blast. We had to make a list to keep all of our ideas straight:

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Some highlights include:

The Northern Lights! It has been one of my life goals to see this phenomenon, and I was lucky to see one of the most dramatic shows in many years. This photo is by Hannes, Fredrik’s eldest son. Check out his website for more pictures of the Aurora and of Sweden.

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Playing lots of chess. On the first day Simon was here, he and I forged a new set.

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Detail of the square (white) team

And visiting Strömbaka, a historic steel producer where Fredrik had a workshop for a few years.

A store house for coal

A store house for coal

View of one of the big chimneys

View of one of the big chimneys

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View over Norra Dellen, featuring Simon. The lake and it’s partner to the south are meteor craters that have filled with water.

It is getting colder and colder, darker and darker, and the very air is buzzing with promise. I still don’t know how long I will be able to stay here, but that brings more joy to each hour here. I with the same joy in your lives each day.

Another sketch. Neal and Gelsey, I guess this is a submission...I was thinking that Laughing Coyote needs an iron sign post. We can be in touch about design.

Another sketch. Neal and Gelsey, I guess this is a submission…I was thinking that Laughing Coyote needs an iron sign post. We can be in touch about design.

Some ideas for a music stand

Some ideas for a music stand

A Collection of Moments

If there could be a soundtrack to this post, it would be Bob Marley and Swedish hip hop…

I searched for books in english in the house, and this is what I found. Now I'm hooked...less than 100 pages to go!

I searched for books in english in the house, and this is what I found. Now I’m hooked…less than 100 pages to go!

The Sauna. We visit it every Saturday, and again on the full moon if it falls on a different day of the week. The title picture of this post is the view from the sauna looking out over the lake.

The Sauna. We visit it every Saturday, and again on the full moon if it falls on a different day of the week.

The wood stove in the sauna. Fredrik made it, an incredible piece. Unfortunately the lighting made for a difficult picture. 150 kilos of stone, 150 kilos of iron.

The wood stove in the sauna. Fredrik made it, an incredible piece. Unfortunately the lighting made for a difficult picture. 150 kilos of stone, 150 kilos of iron.

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Two views from the sauna, looking across the lake.

Lots of knives! These were part of an order for the giftshop at Gränsfors.

Lots of knives! These were part of an order for the giftshop at Gränsfors. If you look closely you can see my stamp, the first edition at least. I made it, and it is a little crude, but now I have a signature on my work!

Another candleholder.

Another candleholder, all set up in its photoshoot.

Not all of the work is in the forge. These are some sketches I was working on for customer orders.

Not all of the work is in the forge. These are some sketches I was working on for customer orders.

Keep full of life and happiness!