So, Christmas and the year 2017, are behind us. The Lennu knife has been handed over to the sitting president. I was shaking hands with President Sauli Niinistö in Ylivieska on 9th December. The Lennu knife was a nice gift according to the president. It goes to his knife collection. Before Christmas a personal thanks from the President and his wife also came in the form of a letter.
The weather conditions have been varying, sometimes the weather is cold and after a while it´s raining again. The ground is slightly covered with snow, and the roads are partly very slippery. But the sun is already showing its face for a little while, making the landscape really beautiful.
Trading will start at a slow pace, but new products and special offers will come again!
I am gaining sanding belt Abralon to my online store. That comes to me in a ribbon form and its width is 115 mm. In the past it has only been performed in a round form. Its coarseness is 1000 and 4000. I have used Abralon about 15 years and found it to be the best. It gives the knife shaft perfectly scratch-free surface whereby the natural shapes of the tree are brilliant.
Abralon is a versatile grinding tape. It is suitable for aluminum, steel and wood among others. It´s also suitable for water sanding and for the most special materials like stone, jet, pearl and fossils, which I also have experiences of. This strip can be cut with scissors, for example into 30mm wide strips. Put the knife on the grinding bench and make the finishing grinding by hand.
The Lennu –knife
When Sauli Niinistö, the President of the Republic and Spouse Jenni Haukio announced of a new family member, I wanted to give them a present. And because making knives is my skill, their dog Lennu was chosen as a model. There were a lot of pictures of the dog so that made it easy to start working.
The job started out with the choice of materials. I picked up a good-looking curly birch in my storage. I started to sketch out Lennu's head. After a while I started with the coarsest blade to take extra material away. It´s not always easy to find the three dimensional form to the product. With very small blades you try to get the right expression to the dog´s face.
Finally, under the stereomicroscope, I carve the more detailed parts, such as eyes, mouth, ears and nose. These detailed parts are crucial to whether your work looks like the model and seems alive.
Carving is hard for your shoulders and your neck. My technique is that I hold the product in my left hand and I crave with my right hand. For about 10 years have I been twice a month for a massage. It's the only guarantee that this job can be done. I recommend it to others, too!