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Puukko by Jari Liukko
Arto and Jari Liukko are a father and son team who make puukko in the traditional Rautalampi and Kauhava styles. (Kauhava style attributed to Iisakki Järvenpää and Juho Kustaa Lammi, cousins who in late 1800’s developed the shape and decoration of puukko-knifes to a whole new level, with remarkable decorative metal work on grips and engraving of blades,)
This knife won a puuko making championship in Fiskars and is shown on the poster for the International Knife Show in January 2012. Jari, who is only in his twenties is already a master puukko craftsman. This knife took him over a year to make and he said when he sees it he only sees the flaws. I think most would say they only see its beauty.
click photo for more details-wire inlay(gold and silver) in birch bark handle and acid etch on blade
Arto and Jari’s website is www.liukkopuukot.fi
photo credit: Jukka Hankala
Rahko, a creature of Finnish mythology, is associated with the waning of the moon.
Rahko is found mainly in Northern Finland thief stories.The bright light of the moon disturbs his secret deeds, so he takes a bucket of tar and ladder and climbs up to paint the moon black.
photo by Pekka Mäkinen via Leena Lumi