Monday, December 31, 2012

Swedish Spoon Maker Video (1923)

Enjoy!



YouTube link to video is here.

17 comments:

Maud Squad said...

Awesome! I love how he uses his chest, knee and leg for leverage. I have axe (and axe skill) envy.

Badger Woodworks said...

He just typifies "economy of motion".

No wasted moves at all.

Russ Whitney said...

You can tell how sharp his tools are. But the most amazing thing to me is his vision. Every cut is is right on.

Doug said...

Way cool! Thanks!

Dean in Des Moines said...

Wow! Wish I could do half that. No matter how sharp, my oak just don't work like that.

Adam Weigand said...

I like his tool and work holding technique too. He always looks in control.

Kari Hultman said...

It's mesmerizing to watch him.

EestiBear said...

WOW! Fun to watch, and instructive. Thanks for posting Kari!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone comment on his clothing? Is he wearing a tiny leather apron?

Thanks.

Kari Hultman said...

It just looks like pants and a vest to me, but maybe other people see something else?

Jim Dillon said...

There's a longer version of this on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGDkliy1DEU
With 2 other sequences: a clog maker and a chair shop. And the map they show suggests that the chair shop was within a few miles of Alingsas, and so in the same neck of the woods my great-grandmother came from. Thanks!

Kari Hultman said...

Thank you, Jim. I have that one in my links list, but sometimes the link doesn't work, so I'll add your youtube link as well. That's very cool that you have relatives from that area! Your family may have come over about the same time as mine: 1880s.

Jim Dillon said...

Mine came in the early 1890's, some of the early ones to enter through Ellis Island, so I was able to look them up when they put the Ellis Island records online. I was also able to see the record of my great-great-grandmother returning to Sweden in 1923 to visit her father before he died, about the time this film was made.
Oddly enough, in the rural town where I grew up, there is a Hultman Lake, and a Hultman family lives there. I don't know them, but my mom does, and apparently they're still in touch with cousins in Sweden and visit fairly regularly!

Kari Hultman said...

You must be a Yuper, eh? My family is from Michigan in the upper Penninsula. Apparently "Hultman" is to Sweden as "Smith" is to the U.S. (very common). Still, I had never heard of Hultman Lake. Looking it up now....

DaJ said...

It's a great movie and it is filmed close to me as well (the "town" of Bollebygd is about 20 km from me)

Hultman isn't actually that common, there is 3101 people registered in sweden with the last name Hultman at the moment

Jim Dillon said...

Kari:
Northern Wisconsin, actually. But only 2 counties away from Lake Superior, so pretty darn close. If you can't find Hultman Lake on Google Maps or Mapquest, search for Hultman Lake Road in Ogema, WI.

Kari Hultman said...

DaJ, I forget who told me that my last name was common in Sweden, but thank you for letting me know the actual count. Does "hult" mean small grove of trees?

Jim, I found it right away when I googled it. I have family in Green Bay and Escanaba and will let them know about it. I'm sure they've never heard of it. Thank you!