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Anna Mikaela Humble, Swedish carpenter

Mikaela Humble dresses a beam with the help of a so-called skrädbila axe, made by Gränsfors Bruks Practical course in working with an axe at the Dacapo School in Mariestad, Sweden

Mikaela grew up in Sweden, in a village near the town of Karlstad in the county of Värmland. Although she spent her spare time wielding a hammer, Mikaela didn't always think of becoming a carpenter. In 2005, after a few years of travelling, she began studying international relations, but her heart and hands were not in it. She thus began training at Dacapo, where she found her true calling.

"It's just that it combines my personal interests like history, practical work, and aesthetics."

Carpentry allows Mikaela to satisfy her artistic, practical and entrepreneurial leanings. It also allows her to live her passion for history and traditional craftsmanship. Few women learn carpentry and in the first stages of her studies she had to prove herself up to the task. Determined and with another year of study left, Mikaela at age 25 already has her own company.
In the summer of 2008, through her company, she took part in the restoring an 18th-century structure. Following this, she was able to work as a technical consultant on building restoration. This in turn has given her the chance to make good connections that she hopes will help her after her studies.
Mikaela wants to become a skilled craftsperson and build houses that are at once aesthetic and long-lasting.

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Sweden, Vålberg
Sweden, Vålberg