Pine is the most common tree species in Finnish forests and it grows in the entire country with the exception of the most outer rocky islets and northern bare fells. Houses and boats, cradles and coffins have been whittled of it. Pine has offered its inner bark to continue bread with and it has been burned to produce tar, distilled to make turpentine and boiled to manufacture chemical pulp. Pine is also a nesting tree, commercial timber and a source of nutrition, a national Finnish cultural icon and a symbol, an essential part of Finnish landscape and spirit. Honka is also a story of its author’s connectedness to the pine trees of his life.

Maahenki, 2017, 160 pages. 26 € (delivery included).

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