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Lars Jensen  Norwegian folklorist, past folk metal legend (heh) and aspiring bootmaker - residing in Turku, Finland. Shoemaking account: @ostmoboots

http://myrkgrav.no/

Trimming my mustache is one of my least favorite things to do. I go from looking totally badass to super lame in a few snips. At least now I can eat food for a few weeks without half of it getting stuck in my mustache.
#instantregret #mustache #beard #gingerbeard #beardtrim #selfie #islender

Real talk time. For the past four or so years I've been dealing with crippling anxiety, and, as a symptom of that, major depressive disorder. I've tried a couple of different SRRIs without much luck, managed to develop benzodiazepine dependency after a traumatic event last summer; been in psychodynamic therapy twice a week for three years - and will now also try EMDR therapy through the student health service when my government subsidized therapy ends.

Don't get me wrong, the social welfare system of Finland has been nothing but helpful - but I am not getting any better. Rather, the anxiety aspect of things is getting more and more severe. Feeling as though you will throw up any moment every day is not a good thing to live with for several years. It has also made me have to put my university studies on hold indefinitely. Coincidentally, the stress of having to always achieve and accomplish was what triggered these issues this time around.

Regardless, I remain hopeful that through hard work and initiative (which is coincidentally what is the most difficult thing to do right now) things will get better.

I just wanted to share this post, because I honestly have not been good at keeping in touch with my lovely friends for a while due to these circumstances. Now you know, and I have also been all about being open about mental health issues in order to reduce stigma. I sure do miss working at that ICCD clubhouse back in Norway where a lot of what we did as to better exactly that aspect of society.
I could go on, but you got the gist of it. Also, is anyone else is going through something similar, feel free to message me or whatever. You are not alone.
#mentalhealth #depressed #depression #anxiety #fightstigma #iccd #meds #ivegotissues #uncomfortablyhonest

Sometimes you just want to show off your new homemade shoes in an outfit, but end up talking to the wall instead. We had a very enlightening exchange of existential dilemmas.
#ootd #bootdouchery #islender #wool #woolsweater #beard #gingerbeard #liketalkingtoabrickwall #alliteration #oldmanclothes

Haven't posted a lot of shoes on this account for a while after making the new @ostmoboots instagram, but I just finished a new prototype boot pattern that I wanted to share! The Østmo Type II Beksømstøvel. Super excited about this even if there are some kinks to work out! Based on one of several popular Norwegian heritage boot patterns, but with a slim, contemporary profile. Also, damn instagram for not allowing the photos to be non-square when posting a series of photos.
#shoemaking #shoemaker #østmo #østmoboots #cordwainer #bootmaking #bootmaker #leathercraft #leatherwork #makersgonnamake #skomaker #beksømstøvler #beksømsko #stitchdown #beksøm #boots #handmadeshoes #bootporn #bootdouchery #leatherboots #handmade #goodyearwelt #peloleather #kokkolan #kokkolannahka #goodyearwelt #skomaker

Siri says: the only acceptable place to get cuddles is in the kitchen. She an oddball yo.
#cat #catsofinstagram #sirithecat #blackcat #kitten #foreverkittensized #lusekofte #beard

🎵I AM BEAUTIFUL IN EVERY SINGLE WAY🎵

Cognac plain toe beksømstøvler for my good friend @fotosyntes! She's off to Groningen for exchange studies and needed some sturdy footwear for the occasion. It's so rare that I get to meet the people who buy my boots and see them try them on for the first time in person, so it's awesome when it happens once in a blue moon. Makes all the hard work, sweat, blood and tears worth it!

#shoemaking #shoemaker #østmo #østmoboots #cordwainer #bootmaking #bootmaker #leathercraft #leatherwork #makersgonnamake #skomaker #beksømstøvler #beksømsko #stitchdown #beksøm #boots #handmadeshoes #bootporn #bootdouchery #leatherboots #handmade #goodyearwelt #peloleather #kokkolan #kokkolannahka #goodyearwelt

New year; time for new shoes and boots. Here are some of last year's, terrible cropping and all. In 2016 I made 27 pairs of boots and shoes, after having just started learning the craft in September 2015. Obsessed much? Immersion is key. @ostmoboots #2016bestnine #shoemaking #shoemaker #østmo #østmoboots #cordwainer #bootmaking #bootmaker #leathercraft #leatherwork #makersgonnamake #skomaker #beksømstøvler #beksømsko #stitchdown #beksøm #boots #handmadeshoes #bootporn #bootdouchery #leatherboots #handmade #goodyearwelt

Unlike most people who have cats, our Siri (aka Pus, Skrims, Scrooge, Slims, Krans, Bruce, Slus, Slubes and many more outlandish nicknames) rarely gets much instagram time; except for in @triangelfanny's drawings. But here is our beautiful little lady captured in one of the rare moments where she's not at an arm length's distance. Love 😍
#cat #catsofinstagram #blackcat #sirithecat #kitten #foreverkittensized #pus

Biggest boots I've made so far: @ostmoboots size EU46/US12.5 for the plant manager at Pelo Leather. Cognac veg/chrome combo cowhide straight cap toe beksømstølver on a Dainite sole. Fully lined, leather toe puff, 4,5 mm. leather midsole. Brass naildown and stitchdown combination construction 🔨
#shoemaking #shoemaker #østmo #østmoboots #cordwainer #bootmaking #bootmaker #leathercraft #leatherwork #makersgonnamake #skomaker #beksømstøvler #beksømsko #stitchdown #beksøm #boots #handmadeshoes #bootporn #bootdouchery #leatherboots #handmade #goodyearwelt #peloleather #kokkolan #kokkolannahka #goodyearwelt

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