Saturday, February 8, 2014

On second thought, maybe I'll move to Finland

In a previous post I said that if my current job didn't work out I was going to move to Germany and become a Bavarian logger. But after perusing the internet I came up with another great video. (Link for phone and tablet users)

I want to join this crew of Finnish carpenters so bad it hurts.I could go on and on about the things I found fantastic about this video, but I will stick to the high notes.

1. Hewing an entire gable end wall before I die MUST happen.
2. I need to start cutting joints with nothing but a hatchet.
3. How cool are pegged floating floors?
4. I am going to Finland to get me one of those sweet axes!

P.S. Seeing as I have crazy O.C.D., I couldn't stop thinking about those great Finnish axes. So I did some research and found that there are pretty much two ways to get your hands on one. The first way - find a friend in Finland and have them go to any flea market and pick up a great vintage Billnas for almost nothing...and then pay a fortune in shipping costs to send it over state-side. The second way is to figure out a way to buy one from John Neeman Tools (see blog post here). It might be easier finding a friend in Finland, and I have a feeling that it would be a lot cheaper too.

P.P.S. I think it is poor blogging etiquette to have the P.S. longer than the blog.

P.P.P.S. Or having three post scripts.

P.P.P.P.S The End


  1. Most awesome video! I don't understand what was going on with the floor. It looks like they are insulating it from the ground. I wonder if this has something to do with preventing permafrost from thawing from the cabin heat?

    1. I thought the same thing when I first saw the video. I don't really know the building needs for the Finnish climate, but insulation seems like the most plausible for the saw dust. I really like the use of natural materials throughout the build. Moss for caulking, birch bark for a ground vapor barrier, and saw dust for insulation, lots of great stuff. If only it were in English!

  2. Yea, this is pretty much nuts. Minimal hand-saw use, driving and cutting pins with only a hatchet, nary a mallet between them, a boatload of jigs, reversing hewing handle to come at grain from different direction…WHAT? This is the very definition of "workmanlike". Thanks for sharing Jason.

    1. Workmanlike indeed. These are some of the most awe-inspiring workman I have ever seen. How about the poles and rope they use to get the timbers onto the structure, efficiency at its finest. If only I worked round timbers :P

  3. If you ever come over you can stay over at my place in Tampere.
    Love reading your blog. ( and yeah, the blue oak is ok-ish too ;-)