18 Jan 2016

Finnhorse - Winter Horse

There is always, I mean always, something to complain about the weather.
In summer it is too hot or cold or raining too much. If it´s not raining, it´s 
not raining enough and it is too dry.

Spring does not come quick enough and it´s wet and cloudy. During
the night it gets so cold that in the morning it´s slippery and icy. You don´t
know how to dress up: it´s really, really cold in the morning and during the
day time the sun warms ( = heats) you up.

Autumn sucks as well. It´s dark, cold and wet and everybody is just
waiting for a two weeks holiday in the sun and Christmas and the first snow
that brightens up our lives.

And then - winter. The worst season ever! 
First it does not come in time. The autumns are getting longer and longer,
wetter and wetter and so, so dark. Then when it comes, it comes over night:
we get 20 cm of snow and - 20 C. Who can take that?

Well - a Finnhorse can!

They don´t mind. Winter, ice and snow
seem to be their elements!

We should stop complaining and get dressed! If you can still
move yourself with all that gear, get on the back 
of your horse and enjoy!

We keep forgetting that we should be grateful for the possibility
of various winter sports with horses! We have fields, forests
and frozen lakes to do all kinds of things with them.

Imagine yourself in a snowy, quiet forest on a warm horseback.
If you like speed get on the skis and let the horse and rider pull you!
Take a carriage or the sledge and let the horse enjoy working...

If you want to enjoy winter with horses, welcome to Finland!

#blackandwhite #horsehairjewellery

photos Peppi-Emilia Salmi
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7 Jan 2016

It´s cold, so cold...

This week has been quite horrible. Weatherwise.
It has been like - 29 °C...! But look at these Finnish horses and ponies!
They have a good furcoat and they seem to enjoy themselves!

Photo © Seija Paananen 2016
Knabstrupper pony, Reeta, loves winter- she just keeps smiling!
If you love ponies you must visit reetuli.blogspot.com
for more winter photos from Seija!

Photo © Petra Kivimaa 2016
They seem to think that - 29 °C is just ridiculous...

Photo © Hille Rutanen 2016
Beauty in winter sun. Islandic mare Rösti.

Photo © Jessica Ruponen 2016
See more absolutely stunning winterphotos from Jessica

Photo © Pia Sillanpää 2016
Central Ostrobothnia, -25,2 °C

In the autumn it was just raining and raining. By the Christmas time the 
temperature was + 10  °C. Then suddednly, almost over night, it went down 20
degrees to -10 °C and now twenty more to -29 °C. In northern Finland
it has been even colder. But - only a few moths and the spring comes!

Thank you, Seija, Petra, Hille, Jessica and Pia, for these 
beautiful winter photos!


5 Jan 2016

Proudly presenting - our new agent in UK!

It was a half cloudy, a bit windy day in Dublin Horse Show 2015, when a young man
walked to our jewellery vitrine and said: "Oh my God! I can´t believe I find you here!"

"It was really amazing to stand there", Charlie says. "I had been browsing their website and
planning to get in touch in order to become their agent in UK. And now it was so much easier: we had met face to face, some e-mail correspondence after Dublin and I was ready for Finland!"

So, a few weeks later Charlie came to Finland to meet us, learn more about the collection
and the people who are involved. Nanna approved Charlie right away and we felt like
we had known each others for a long time. Cheers! 

Who is Charlie Harris?

Charlie Harris is a man whose dream was to drive tractors as a grown up - but life 
went different.  After leaving school he began training as a blacksmith (predominantly 
because of a love for burning stuff, he says).  After 2 years of making ornate gates, 
railings and candlesticks he also learned a love for the working shire horses on 
the forge farm. This led to helping the Farrier shoe the shires and make the shoes and 
later him starting a 5 year apprenticeship in Farriery. 
Many years later he is still shoeing horses.

In the search for ways to diversify from the hard physical work he loved, he started 
working on websites and opened his own Gallery in Olney. 

Charlie learned quickly and enjoyed every minute of it on the high street but he had to close 
the gallery a year later. By the end he exhibited predominately animal art and it sold 
fantastically, partly because of his natural interest. Out of this and his experience 
with websites www.animal-artworks.co.uk was born. 

nannasalmi collection is a perfect combination of craftmanship, art and emotions. 
We think that Charlie is exactly the right man to represent us in UK.

The first day we spent at Nanna´s studio. So much to learn, so much to know...

"It was so exciting! I could not imagine how many things have to be considered
and how much there are possibilities. It was also great to see where and how Nanna
lives and works. It gives a good base for my work".

After hard studying day the dinner was served at Minna´s and Kari´s.

"Oh dear - home made smoked salmon - that is something you don´t get
every day in UK! I could smell the smoke all the way to the street..."

The August evenings are light and warm and we got to enjoy the Finnish
summer specialities - smoked salmon (by Kari, smoked at home) 
and new potatoes in cream and dill.

Lingonberry cider? Whaat?

More lingonberries with quark and whipped cream.

The second day we visited the goldsmith Marjut Viitanen. She showed us 
all kinds of tools, techniques, liquids and other exciting things. 

"It was fantastic to meet these artisans! I have never been to the goldsmiths workshop and
it was quite a surprise how many tools they use and how fine and sophisticated their
work is. I really value their role in making the jewellery."


It´s all so small...

After this visit Charlie flew back home and started working on the website.
The result is here:

Animal Artworks presents

You find Charlie also on Facebook

At your service, UK, Charlie Harris

Welcome to the team, Charlie!

Best Decision Ever!!

When I found Spencer on January 7, 2011, he was hip# 853 in an auction feed lot. His description said aged TB, rode quietly. He was emaciated (a friend described him as being "a bag of bones"), covered in rain rot and physically didn't look well. When I looked past the need for care, his conformation was great, and he had a beautiful, soft, intelligent eye. So I took a chance...Best Decision Ever!! 

A friend and my husband came with me to pick him up at the auction house, that's when he got his name. My friend walked up and said "Hi Spencer!", it fit, and I kept it. 

Once Spencer was home, we were able to read his tattoo. Turned out he was a 10yr old ex-racehorse, who raced until he was 8yrs old, and earned $388,854 over his career. What ended his career I don't know, nor do I know how he ended up in horrid condition.

Spencer steadily gained weight, his temperament remained steady, and everything about him was brighter. He has a wonderful quiet and kind disposition. He's great around dogs, kids, people, and my (non-horsey) husband can handle him. 

I'm so happy to have Spencer! At the moment we are just trail riding, and figuring out what he would like to do. He is a beautiful mover, likes to work, and I think he'd enjoy showing but that will come. For now trails are a lot of fun.

This is my favorite photo of me and Spencer's Gold. It was taken by my husband a couple of months after we brought Spencer home.

Kirsten Edlund-Tunkel, Millbrook, New York, USA