Traditional wood ash soap making

This is an idea I have been meaning to try for quite a long time, but to be honest I was put off by the long processing time and complex method involved. Having now tried it – its not that hard and though it does take some time to produce a usable soap, it doesn’t take that much actual work.

Christmas tree whisk (Tvare)

Traditional Scandinavian tvare whisks date back to at least the 9th century. The old Norse word for them was þvara. The word tvare, means ‘mixing’ though they would have been used for mashing, as well as stirring porridge and stew. As these were custom made the size of the handle varied for its user, as…