The Rough Guide to re-Handling a Gränsfors Bruk Axe

 

If you have some basic competence with woodworking tools and a vice or clamping workbench you can re-handle an axe. It takes care and patience and, as always, working with tools can be dangerous. Consider the risks, not least dropping a razor sharp axe head on your foot. If you aren’t competent try asking a friend or a woodworker who is.

My woodwork is fairly rough and ready as you’ll see below, especially the last image which is a ‘how not to do it.’

Clamp the the axe securely ready for drilling. Look at how it’s fitted; this is what you are aiming for.

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Tentipi Camping at minus 25 Degrees Celsius

 

This is a short photo blog of a snowmobile trip into the Swedish wilderness near Arvidsjar, camping out in Tentipi with Eldfell tent stoves at minus 25 degrees Celsius. Photos are by Lesley Carol of ProAdventure.

After 24 hours the fire pit melted itself way down into the snow!

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Visiting the Gränsfors Bruk Axe Foundry in Sweden

 

In September 2016 we took a trip to the Gränsfors Bruk axe foundry in Sweden to meet the people and see the axes being made.

We flew into Stockholm and stayed in the excellent Jumbo Hostel for a night before picking up the hire care and heading north to Gränsfors.

We were made most welcome and were put up in the old nail forge.

Gränsfors standard axe head samples which the smiths check their production against for quality and conformity.

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Tried and Tested Gear Review: Fjällräven Keb Trousers

 

Described by a friend as a cross between wearing armour and wearing nothing, I took the plunge last Autumn and ordered a pair in the outstanding Lava Red colour.

What it is – Fjällräven describe them very well…

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Tried and Tested Gear Review: Woolpower Ullfrotté 200 Merino Thermal Underwear

 

Woolpower 200 thermal underwear is made from Ullfrotté Original 200 gram, a terry-knitted fabric and the thinnest version of Ullfrotté. The fabric is hard wearing and made of fine Merino wool, polyamide and most of all – air. The air in the fabric is really important as it insulates the heat that your body produces.

This was originally designed for the Swedish military and supply has been short as the Norwegian Army also ordered 5,000 pieces this winter. This is the material make up: Continue reading Tried and Tested Gear Review: Woolpower Ullfrotté 200 Merino Thermal Underwear

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Tried and Tested Gear Review: Woolpower 400 Signature Socks

 

I was given a few pairs of these on a summer trip to Sweden about five years ago. It was my first Outdoor Academy of Scandinavia trip, where we used them for canoeing, walking, log rafting and indoor cross country skiing. Since then they have been my go-to everyday sock in Autumn and Winter for general wear at work when it’s a bit colder in the shop than usual. That doesn’t sound very outdoorsy I know, but they do get used for more adventurous things than going to work. I’ve used them for walking in the Denbighshire hills, canoeing and kayaking in cooler weather to keep my toes toasty and the occasional run. Continue reading Tried and Tested Gear Review: Woolpower 400 Signature Socks

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Ledlenser torches & headlamps – the brightest of bright ideas.

 

Ledlenser produce a wide range of flashlights and headlamps unmatched anywhere in the world. At ProAdventure we stock the full Outdoor Range of Ledlenser torches that make winter camping, walking, shooting and livestock management a whole lot easier, and headlamps for winter runners to provide that extra safety element during these dark winter evenings. Continue reading Ledlenser torches & headlamps – the brightest of bright ideas.

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Opinel & Casström: Strength and quality you can depend on.

 

Bushcraft knives are an essential piece of outdoor kit, and because of their small size make the ideal gift to hide down the bottom of a Christmas stocking for the outdoorsman in your life.

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It’s all systems go with the new ProAdventure Greener Gear products section.

 

Some manufacturers really work hard on their environmental impact and at ProAdventure we are proud to stock several brands that to be eco-friendly is of paramount importance.

Our new Greener Gear page contains gear from brands that we consider to be Greener, and individual items which we believe are less damaging to the environment or use sustainable products in their manufacture. They may utilise recycled materials or the product may be longer lasting than the norm; for example torches made to last with a five year warranty and a recycled battery, or a tool with a lifetime warranty, or materials to repair things rather than throw them away etc.

Greener Brands

We have highlighted the most environmentally conscious brands in our new Greener Brands section, and include all their products in the Greener Gear section. Our Greener Brands include Fjallraven who produce sustainable apparel, Gransfors Bruk axes, Klean Kanteen handmade drinking products, the low impact Nikwax waterproofing products, Paramo clothing and Tentipi tents.

Dreaming of a Green Christmas?

At ProAdventure we tend to ask questions – especially when it comes to gifts – such as is it needed, will it be used, is it long-lasting, is it repairable, can it be recycled at the end of its life, is it worth passing on when you’ve finished with it, will it end up in landfill?

With Christmas just around the corner, it’s good to know our selection of Greener Gifts are usually significantly longer lasting and better made than alternatives, often with much longer guarantees, sometimes for up to 25 years or even for life.

So Go Green with ProAdventure today.

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Hang out with ProAdventure in a Hennessy Hammock today.

 

Hanging about in hammocks is a wonderful way to pass the time. There’s nothing better than settling down into a comfy hammock, whether you’re camping outdoors or relaxing in your own back garden.

It is said that all you need is two trees (or supporting structure) and you’re on a hammock holiday. Whoever said that is not wrong. Many people choose to camp in a hammock in preference to a conventional tent. Sheltered by a tarp and preferably some woodland, hammocks are ideal for bush craft camps, canoe trips and family camping ventures.

The beauty of the hammock is that once you hang it up, you can stretch out in it and it will mould to the weight and shape of your body as if it was built just for you. It is all the support your body will need in order to relieve pressure off your back, and help calm and relax your body so you will wake up energized and refreshed.

Our Hennessy Hammock range from Canada is an innovative solution to lightweight, comfortable camping. The hammock and tarp are both an asymmetric shape, so rather than lying with your head and feet along the line the hammock hangs, you lie slightly diagonally, but the hammock shape means you lie much flatter than in a conventional hammock.

Tarps are great on their own as well as with hammocks and the Tatonka cotton polyester tarps are great around the camp fire, their mix of man-made and natural materials mean that they suffer little damage from campfire sparks.

Hennessy Hammocks are quick and easy to setup and pack away in 2-3 minutes. You can enjoy the same comfortable bed every night over rocky, muddy, wet or sloping terrain as it never touches the ground, stays clean and dries fast.

Experience a level of comfort on the trail almost as good as your bed at home. You will wake up in the morning feeling great. Some owners of Hennessy Hammocks claim they come home from their adventure feeling better than when they left. Some hikers have tossed out their beds when they got home from a hike and set up their hammock in the house.

With a Hennessy Hammock you will never again need to find a level campsite or have to put up with roots, rocks or puddles coming through the floor of your tent. Best of all, the waiting time is nowhere near the optimist as quoted above…the hammock set up time is measured in minutes.

If you find tent camping uncomfortable and a cot bed isn’t for you, then try a hammock. Devotees even camp in winter with warm sleeping bags and cosy underblankets. We have used ours all over Britain, especially on canoe trips and bushcraft camps. Hammocks are ideal in the jungle, our Hennessy hammocks have built in mosquito nets and the Jungle series have nylon mosquito proof double bottoms. The built in tarp keeps off the rain and the Hennessy snakeskins make packing even quicker. We love both the innovative Velcro bottom opening and side zip models. A full set up can come in well under a kilo (or just under if you are over 6 feet tall).

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