It's been over four years since I've last published anything here on Deviantart. Sorry for not replying to any messages during this time. It's easy to leave things behind when pressing matters are at stake.
I've been a professional, self-employed metal artisan / blacksmith for two and half years now. I have fully concentrated on finding customers on local Finnish markets. Besides that I've worked on the sets of some theatre productions. Now, I'm hoping to expand abroad. This basically means I'm opening up my etsy shop and adding a good variety of cutlery and some other stuff there. I'll be adding those items here as well at the same pace I get them to etsy. Meanwhile I'll be dropping in some pictures of sculptures and stuff.
I've cleaned up my gallery and removed some pieces I felt were too awkward to keep and I might remove even more. My skills are much more refined now which especially shows on the spoons I make. You'll see.
Now a bit about these past few years that have been a hell of a ride. Stressful, intriguing and everything between. I put up a workshop with three friends, two of them eventually gave up and I moved to a smaller place with my remaining friend. I had an accident with my power hammer that cost me half of my right thumb. As nasty as this might sound, this occurrence kept me out of the game for only two and half months and I got used to my new thumb almost instantly. Trying to earn a living on this line of work has been the toughest part to chew.
Below is a timelapse video I made about spoons so this blog gets to be more than just some rambling.
Also, feel free to visit my Finnish website at www.jaakkorajala.com
There you'll get to see the stuff I've made before I manage to get them here.