Siri Helle

The Hand Made Tale
Chainsaw Mindfulness

We humans have always used our hands to create the world around us. Until now. Today we have gone from being practitioners to theorists, from being producers to consumers. What happens to us when we no longer use our hands? What happens to society? This is the story of building a small, but absolutely necessary house on your own and feeling an intense joy of doing it by yourself.

Siri Helle inherited a cabin of 25 square meters, without electricity and without inlet water, and without an outhouse. She decided to build the outhouse herself, a bit like a protest, but mostly to find out if she was able to do it.
On the way back to her own hands, Siri Helle is inspired by other people who in various ways find joy, meaning and in some cases livelihood in creating with their own hands and body. This is a story about practical work and the intense joy of mastering it.

To be published in Norway 09.03. 2020

If you think it sounds nostalgic and romantic, you're wrong. This is not a back-to-the-wilderness book, on the contrary. The bottom line is that she "needs both." And that's why perhaps this book's most important message lies in all the clumsiness she describes so well.


Inspirational. The fact that Helle doesn’t know what she is doing – or has enough Socratic irony to pretend – makes her book more accessible and inspiring for a practical klutz like me.


I nod my head with pleasure when I read this book. Siri Helle swings the pen as surely as the chainsaw.
…It is not written for trained craftsmen, but for those of us who long to do more with our hands, but who do not think we have it in us.


Siri Helle

Siri helle

Siri Helle (b. 1982) is educated as agronomist in organic farming. She occasionally works as a writer and journalist, carpenter assistant and goat herder.

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Edited June 23, 2020 by Northern Stories