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Feb 21 11 1:07 AM
Feb 21 11 6:43 AM
It is my hunch that those bark shoes were over a more insulating layer.....I've thought of doing the same thing because my home-made muks can be dangerously slippery in the snow and ice.
I think the primary reason why they used birch bark shoes in winter is because they can be made to be almost waterproof. During thaws or if it's warmer than -10C hide shoes tend to soak up moisture quite quickly. I would wear fur, wool socks or grass in them. I think they'd be sufficiently warm for most of the time.
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From what I know birch bark shoes has been all over the poorer regions of Norway. In my home valley they also used juniper bark shoes. What kind of construction method they used I don't know.
From Valonen's monography I can gather than there are no records in Norway of the most simplest kind of birch bark shoes, löttö, but only of the slipper and boot. These were developed later than the löttö, says Valonen.pg. 207"In Norway the slippers are used in the Finnish forests at Solör. You can also see them at Sandvig's collection (at Gudbrandsdalen). Einar Björkqvist mentions them also from Romerike and Røros. According to F. C. Schübeler (1873) the were mainly made in Eastern Norway in the area of Kongsvinger. Eilert Sundt mentions (1852) that the birch bark shoes were called "finsko" ("Finnish shoes") and that it had began common among the Norwegian people."
Im Norwegen sind Pantoffeln in den Finnenwäldern von Solör benutzt worden. Sie sind auch in den Sandvigschen Sammlungen (Gudbrandsdalen) zu sehen. Einar Björkqvist erwähnt sie ausserdem aus Romerike und Röros. Nach F. C. Schübeler (1873) wurden sie im östlichen Norwegen vorwiegend in der Gegend von Kongsvinger hergestellt. Eilert Sundt erwähnt (1852), dass die birkenrindenen Schuhe in Solör finsko "Finnenschuh" hiessen und dass die auch beim norwegischen Volk gebräuchlich geworden waren.
pg. 216"The birch bark boots are known at Finnish regions and their vicinity; namely at Västmanland (Ljusnarsberg), Dalarne (Säfsnäs) and Värmland (Färnebo, Gustaf Adolf, Dalby, Lekvattnet, Norra Finnskoga). Likewise they are used in Norway (Gudbrandsdalen). The Scandinavian birch bark boots are braided as flat beak(?). The braiding is started with six strips (3+3). The steam is made 20-40 centimeters long measured from the sole to the opening. According to one source they are worn at Gudbrandsdalen (Tretten) when crossing streams."
Aus Schweden sind birkenrindene Schaftstiefel aus Finnengegenden und deren Nähe bekannt, nämlich aus Västmanland (Ljusnarsberg), Dalarne (Säfsnäs) und Värmland (Färnebo, Gustaf Adolf, Dalby, Lekvattnet, Norra Finnskoga). Desgleichen hat man sie in Norwegen (Gudbrandsdalen) gebraucht. Die skandinavischen birkenrindenen Schaftstiefel sind plattschnabelig geflochtenen. Das Geflecht ist mit sechs Streifen begonnen (3+3). Der Schaft is 20-40 cm lang gearbeitet, von der Sohle bis zur Mündung gemessen. In Gudbrandsdalen hat man sie nach einer Mitteilung beim Stockflössen getragen (Tretten).
Apr 11 11 4:10 AM
I think the primary reason why they used birch bark shoes in winter is because they can be made to be almost waterproof.
Jul 22 11 6:22 AM
If anyone needs instructions to how to care leather boots, here is a traditional one published on Viikkosanomat 25.01.1939. Before first use all seams are treated with some mystery substance (fat?) if it is wet outside. After the boots have been in use for few days they are dried very carefully and then treated with pine tar and tallow. The treatment is done in a shady place so that it is warm enough but not too warm. The boots are used again for two or three days and again treated with tallow or seal oil if available. The tallow must be unsalted one. The treatment is applied in much warmer and moist place as the previous treatment; a sauna is excellent choice. After these two treatments the boots are ready to be use but one must remember to treat them from time to time with a mixture of tar and tallow.
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Quillsnkiko wrote:Okay Ive got to ask....why do they have y up turned toes..
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Martti Kujansuu wrote:torjusg wrote:
I think the primary reason why they used birch bark shoes in winter is because they can be made to be almost waterproof. Some of the literature (T. Korhonen's "Tekniikkaa, taidetta ja taikauskoa" for example) I have been reading lately say that birch bark is fragile during low temperatures and thus is not suitable for winter use. Could this be possibly?
Dec 14 11 9:23 PM
torjusg wrote:I think someone mentioned that it was up until fairly recently (or maybe it was an archaeological assumption about the past, I don't remember) a group in Finland that made almost all of their clothing from beaver skins. Do you have any information on this?
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