Oh, how I hated living in the woods as a teenager. But now, as an arty-farty adult, I see some benefits coming from countryside. Every time I visit my mum, I find some new materials for my projects. For example, during Christmas time I found some left over wood shingles. They were not first class quality and would have used as fire wood if I didn’t save them. I’ve seen so many wonderful pictures of ikebana using wood shingles, so I wanted to try using them myself. My wood shingles arrangement didn’t come out very ikebana, but hey, this is my first ever experiment with wood shingles. After Christmas time one is so tired with all the blood red tones, I wanted to add some bright spring colors. Hence the pink and bright green. The flowers are tulips from nearby supermarket. Those green things I made of threaded rod and cotton yarn by simply bending the rods in to random shapes and covering them with yarn.
First things first, I wanted to bend the wood shingles in to curves. I was told by family members, soaking the wood shingles in water would make them bendable. So I did, kept them in water for two days I think. I had to cut the wood shingles in to the length of one meter ( 1 m) to fit into a flower box, which I found was the best soaking container available in my household. I used other, slightly shorter, flower box as a weight to keep the wood shingles under water.
After two days I decided to try and bend them. Which was easier said than done. All I can say is that a little ”snap” sound is very annoying when heard while bending wood shingles. All in all, I somehow managed to bend five pieces in to curves, the other ones broke. In the bending process I used a bucket as a tool, as shown below. After bending I allowed them to dry for a day, and had five pieces of curved wood shingles ready to be used in an arrangement.
I decided to write every other post in Finnish, so next one will be in Finnish.