Monday, January 29, 2007
Even though I live in the US, I grew up and lived in Finland for over 30 years. In other words, I was pretty "grown up" when I moved to Colorado!
Growing up in rural area in the heart of Finland was very different than it would have been in the US. First of all, it was very safe environment! We spent most of our days out in the woods and only things my sister and I had to worry were not to wonder too far (Our Karelian Beardog, Musti, took care of that.) and avoid the vipers in summer time! Very early on, my grandpa gave me a puukko knife to use for wood whittling. I think I was 4-5 years old. I still remember him sitting beside me on our porch watching over me while I got into whittling my first bark boat. He only gave me couple of advice with a soft voice and let me try my best. I don’t remember how the boat came out, but I do remember how big and important I felt myself… I was trusted to use a puukko! About a year later my grandpa gave me my first puukko to keep… and I have always have one ever since!
I think this is a great way to start my Finnish Puukko blog! Click the head line to visit The National Museum of Finland where they currently have Puukko Exhibition... Some 500 puukkos and sheaths are on display!
I will be posting other topics of Scandinavian knives, but also other outdoors related subjects… Please feel free to comment!