Saturday, February 12, 2011

New toy: Axe and wood chopper...

Through this neighbor friend (called K) of mine, I continue to strengthen my 'arsenel'...
Before purchasing, he encouraged me to try out several makes of axes...
And hands down, Gransfors Bruks' "Splitting Maul" it was...
This axe not only feels solid, it is also a piece of very handsome art...

Had not heard of this Swedish outfit before...
Up to this time, the only Swedish connection I had was a pen-friend in the early 1970s... and, no email or internet at that time...
Lisbeth Backlund... if you happen to come across this post, please throw me a line!

Looked up the company homepage...
Was surprised to learn what a fine outfit this family-owned company is...
They have only 24 employees, plus another 20 in South Carolina, US...
One of their catch-phrases is 'A craftsman behind each axe'...
Imprinted beside the Crown is the initial, DG...

Also bought a wood cutter...
This one comes with a jacket and is made in Kochi Prefecture, which is also in the the island of Shikoku...
Similarly imprinted on the blade is the name of the iron smith...
'Yoshi-michi', says my missus...

(Picture sourced from company homepage)

Gransfors Bruks brings it one step further...
From its homepage, we can find out exactly who this 'DG' is...
'Daniel Grantz' seems to be they guy at the back row with the checkered shirt, looking sideways...
I feel happy to be able to know exactly, the craftsman who chiselled the axe I just bought...

Ok... it snowed yesterday and today, it snowed even more...
My Grasshopper is not spared of the snow....

In the warm confines of our wood stove, my partner conjures up another lovely noodle concoction...
I put some homemade 'kimchi daikon' (the reddish 'sticks') in there and oohlaaa...