Iron Age market in Pukkisaari Helsinki 2.9.2017

Minä ja MerviAt last moment I decided to go to Helsinki and visit Pukkisaari Iron Age market. I had a change to do some shopping in our capital and on Saturday go to Pukkisaari isle. Local Iron Age interest group has built several log buildings to this small island. Buildings surround a yard and large fireplace where food is made for participants. Sellers come from Finland and neighboring countries. It was interesting to compare different costumes and styles between countries.

I bought wool yarn, glass beads and Baltic brooches. Helsinki was still full of tourists and visitors from Europe and Japan were numerous in the market. It was funny to observe their reactions. Next time I might stay for a night in the camp. Then I will have more time to talk with other Iron Age minded
Pukkisaari Iron Age market

Viburg road market and archery workshop 4.-5.8.2017

I had dreamed about primitive archery for years. I hope to build an arrow someday. I was ready to sign up for archery workshop right away, when I saw first ads of it. Rainy weather made organizers almost to cancel the lessons, but their new canopy saved the situation. We had a chance to test longbows and recurve bows. Our teachers (even literally) threw at us new and new challenges. Finally we had to aim to flying discs!

img_7324On Saturday I participated to Viburg road market. This time the theme was armies. There were all kinds of old fashioned troops from Viking age until World War II. Soldiers had flint lock pistols, swords and even real cannon that was shot several times. It was very loud!

Soldier had their wives with them. So I had great change to investigate female costumes from different time periods.

Turku Medieaval market 30.6.–1.6.2017

Turku medieval market is held in the old market of the town that is surrounded by old buildings. Park next to market place is reserved for reenactors, craftsmen and performers. We visited tents of friends and got to know new interesting people. We hanged around Merry Swan tent where Mervi with her Swedish friends sew woolen intarsia piece. It looked so interesting, that I will test it someday. I have lots of wool fabric remnants to work with.
Turun keskiaikaiset markkinatMervi Pasanen

img_4664On Saturday we visited Turku Castle. There was lots of activities organized for visitors. We participated tour where according dressed guide explained all the interresting details of live in the castle. Reenactors displayed life and duties of people that would have lived in medieval Turku Castle. Castle is surprisingly large and there is lots of rooms in 4-5 levels. We walked through it twice, but still I think we missed one part of it. Castle has permanent exhibitions and visiting exhibitions.
In the evening we returned to the market to collect some heavier items.

Mittens for Iron Age gown

Mittens for winter use. I should have made mittens with very slow Kaukola kekomäki sticht, but I thik it would have been too time consuming.


A new sheath for Iron Age knife and testing primitive winter boots

Knife sheath

I was in a hurry when I made sheath for my Iron Age knife. I had to make it in couple of hours. Of course it looked quite horrible. Now I finally had time to make more proper one. I tested a new technique where you decorate leather with flatted bronze wire. I found out that wire must be very flat and soft. Flattened 0,4mm wire would be good. 0,5mm wire will be too wide when flattened. Leather I used was nearly 70 years old and a bit too fragile for this project. A good leather would be very strong and ripping resistant.

Primitive winter boots

Finally it was cold enough for testing my newly made winter shoes. You can read about tanning process from earlier posts. It was -12°C and nice powdery snow covered older snow layers. I added extra layer of insulation inside the shoe. Inner soles were made of fur on tanned elk feet hide and wool fabric. Shocks were nalbindet shocks that I made last summer. Shoes were laced around my ankle with leather straps.

Shoes were very comfortable and warm. They do not provide much support for feet, but that is a situation with most primitive shoes. Walking is easy and fur soles grip very well to snow. Soles feel very soft like walking on thigh fur mat. In knee area reindeer fur was slightly shorter haired and knees felt some cold time to time. This can be fixed easily with small piece of fur inside. Size difference you can see in the images is only illusion made by the length of the hair.
I will add fur collar trim to boots. Other vice show could get in.