Woodworking has long traditions in Finland. For “the people of forest” it has always been natural choice of material; easily available, durable and warm material to handle even in extreme winter cold, not to forget that it always has pleasant aroma also! Most Scandinavian household items were made of wide variety of wood like birch, pine, aspen, alder, juniper and spruce. Birch and pine are still widely used in Finnish design furniture, tableware and tools. Spruce is used for sauna paneling together with pine. Aspen is material for sauna benches and smaller table vessels or bowls. Juniper makes attractive pattern tableware… Exquisite woodwork is still having a special place in Scandinavian homes and traditional wooden table vessels and centerpieces are still made with same methods and expertise as they were hundreds of years ago.
Lapland craft tradition has its roots in the migration of hunters between different hunting grounds. Tools had to be easy to carry. Raw materials were taken directly from the natural surroundings: reindeer skin, antler, birch wood and roots. All Sámi craftsmen use a few basic materials such as reindeer antler and bone, Arctic wood and leather. Although one can find genuine Sámi handicraft "duodji" where the artisan have chosen to include parts made of silver, tin or cloth as well. The items displayed on Lapland Craft pages are created of antler, leather and wood only.
These are truly individual works of art, and among the most unique gift items that can be purchased in the world today!