Making a Sami needlecase
In this lesson, we are going to be looking at the Sami Naldhus (needlecase) and craft one for ourselves. The needlecase is made from antler or bone and was used to store needles to prevent them from breaking during transportation. The Sami are the indigenous people of Lapland which mostly live off the reindeer. Since bone needles are rather fragile they are easy to break, and therefore have to be stored securely. For their needlecases, the Sami mostly use reindeer antler. Yet we are going to be crafting ours from a variety of bones from different animals. We are going to work our bone with files, saws, and sandpaper. Furthermore, we are going to use leather or felt to insert the needles in, which prevents them from ‘wandering’ through our case as this might still damage them. Additionally, this serves as a means to slide the needles in and out of the case.
Timetable: 7 may 2021 at 9:30 am
Duration: The workshop will last 8 hours
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About The Speaker
I am Gijs Staghouwer. I have been interested in nature for as long as I can remember, and since I discovered Bushcraft I feel at home. In February of 2018 I started a year-long education at Living by Nature. I finished that education in September 2019 with a final expedition to Sweden.
In the education I became acquainted with many subjects and crafts that came to light in the program. Particularly interesting and fun to me was the ‘bow crafting’, but I am also growing more appreciative of tanning leather. The fact that I am able to create my own clothing with this skill completes the picture for me. Read more >
Sessions by Gijs Staghouwer
7 may 2021 - WORKSHOP
8 may 2021 - WORKSHOP