Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bushcraftfestivalen 2017 - day 1, friday

Before I tell you about how I experienced the festival, a note; some of the pictures used in these posts are not mine. I chose to use them either because they show a lot better what things were like or simply because I had no alternative, because my phonecamera messed up. I asked and got permission by the photographers, for which my thanks.

Friday september 25th;
A small group of 6 people, myself included, had arranged to visit this bushcraftfestival and spend the night in my armytent. Unfortunately that group dwindled to 3 literally the night before departure. Too bad really, since I had really hoped to meet up with those that were unable to attend! But that should not damped my spirits and on friday afternoon I met up with Olli and Emma, loaded up the car even more and headed toward Gottröra, between Uppsala and Stockholm. The weather on the way in did make us a bit anxious; dark clouds and we could see showers of rain everywhere around us. The forecast had not been good early in the week, but improved greatly as the festival drew nearer. Could the forecasters have been wrong.... again??
On location we were shown where we could put up our tent and as we had spread out the cloth we were told to move. A minimum distance of 3 meters to our neighbours was mandatory. So we moved everything and gave it a second go. WHich turned out to be a good thing! The "camping" was actually a meadow for cows..... actively used! There were "small surprises" all over the place, but our new place proved to be clear of those.
Home away from home.
My phonecamera has started to get a life of it's own;
it messes with the images, changing colours and sizes!
I don't know where my mind was, but we proceeded erecting the tent incorrectly, as some folks were so kind as to point out and telling us the correct way of erecting such a tent. I had only done it twice on my own and the others never before at all. In the end we got that damn thing standing in a more or less acceptable way and we wrote it down to a learning experience.
After everything was in place, and me getting some disdainful looks for my level of comfort, we headed out on a "reconnaissance mission", see what the festival had in store so far..... which was not all that much at that time, since everyone was still busy getting set up and ready, including the salesstand crews. Food was being prepared, but I had brought my own, so that was of no concern to me anyway.
I had packed relatively lightly, leaving most "bush-essentials" at home, figuring I would not need them..... including my hatchet. I did bring 10l. of water, just in case and to avoid hauling it over a campingsite.
The image is Olli's, taken on location!


Olli was so kind to present me ( and many, many others) with a small present; real woodscoffee, roasted in Dalarna at a local microbusiness. It had a distinct dark flavoured smell and I was eager to try it, but that would not be today. This is how he described the contents; Dark roasted coffee, roasted by Tunestands kokkaffe. 60% brazilian Santos, 40% Colombian, 0% nonsense. Hey, that works for me!!

During the scouting out of the area my foolishness in packing lightly was brought to my attention. I had forgotten to bring a small frying pan! I had sausages, hamburgers, chapati bread, salad..... but no means to heat the meat! So I went looking for a kind soul, who had such a device and was willing to let me use it. As said earlier, warm food was being prepared, but it simply did not appeal to me. It was then that my eye fell on a gathering of tents that was arranged like a small camp.... with all the bells and whistles one would imagine in and around such a place, including off course a fireplace in the middle. And not such that. There were of course all the tools needed; pots&pans, knives and axes, skins and..... squirrels??? Yes, there were 2 squirrels hanging there, which by the looks of them, had exchanged the temporary for the permanent not too long ago. Looked like roadkill to me.... A bit of a bizarre kind of decoration, but they went well with the other skins.
There's Elle for you with babek in the back.
Picture is made by Tommy Levin.
Anyway.... Bustling about that little camp was a quite colourful young woman, who we would later get to know as Elle. Now there was someone with a passion for cooking over an open fire!! And we somehow got stuck there. The smells coming from her cooking might have had something to do with that, I suppose..... She prepared all sorts of dishes, all the while hardly being short in words or movement and she whipped up the most delicious bits of food with simple ingredients, gladly and constantly passing them around for everyone to taste. I did not get a chance to ask or use her muurikka (that's a concave metal disc with legs to put over a fire and fry on. Look at the picture), but it turned out I did not need to!! However she was not alone in doing so. Beside her was an at least equally "colourful" person, whom I already could identify before we even had met. That person was a heartwarming, hearty and joyful man, going by the name of Babek. Now there is a person, whom you can not dislike, try as hard as you might!! And he too passed around food bits for everyone to try, this time with a middle eastern flavour to them.
So as I said I got stuck there and quite a few more around me. The evening progressed, we talked and laughed and tasted, had a few beers and met with more people and potential new friends. The atmosphere was very relaxed and open and as I
Some of the goodies presented to taste.
These actually were not Elle's, but another lady's.
Forgot her name (of course),
but know it was estonian smoked cheese and bread.
Picture by Ida Olsson
lowered myself on an open spot, I found myself sitting next to a charming young lady, whom I recognised too via that despised and yet wonderful medium facebook; Ida and her dog Luna. Apparently Luna liked me quite a bit, seeing that she ended up laying across my lap for quite some time that evening. The evening progressed, the list of names I learned and kept forgetting, grew longer and the temperature dropped quite noticeably! At around 23:00 I called it a night, thanking all for food and good company.

Selfie with Luna

Bushcraftfestivalen 2017 - day 2, saturday

The day did not start too well. Well, the night to be more accurate.
It got cold. Temperature dropping to just a few degrees above freezing and most, including me, apparently only had summer sleeping gear. It already was quite cold when I hit the sack, so I kept most of my clothes on, remembering my lessons from the Gyllbergen-meet, but still it was not a warm and cosy night. Due to some beverages the previous evening I had to get out in the middle of the night and walk a bit toward the toilets. A thick fog covered the area. So not just cold, but very damp as well. Not the best of combinations. After being relieved and having circulation going again, it took a while before I fell asleep again, but that happened nonetheless.
The sun rose to clear skies, quickly burning away the fogs and rapidly increasing the temperature in the tent. I slept in kind of late, so after a quick breakfast I headed out toward the festival grounds again. Lots of things to see and lots of workshops/classes to attend! There were workshops on fire, whittling, hide tanning, tracking, talks about bushcraft, integration, emergency preparedness, using a cooking pit and much more. Scores of stands with the practically obligatory sharpies and shinies a.k.a. knives and axes and even a gunsmith with black powder weapons. I love that stuff!! Of course there were some big names, like Paul Kirtley, Harry Sepp and Lisa Stenton adding their luster to the spectacle. Well, you saw the programme in an earlier post, probably.


There's one of the squirrels being prepared for tanning.
Picture by Olli
One of the first things I went to do was a workshop regarding hide tanning, given by Mikael, another one of those people that add a dash of colour and flavour to happenings like this festival. I listened and watched, but could not complete his workshop, because of other overlapping workshops. But I did get to drop in, watch and ask on several occasions, so I still did learn a lot!
Olli in the race, seeking 
honour and glory for Dalarna!
After that I dropped in at Paul Kirtley's workshop for a short while, before heading off to a talk on tracking, which started a bit later. I planned to go back to Paul on sunday anyway.
After a belated lunch it was time for the Swedish Friction Fire Championship. A burst of frantic activity ensued after the participants had received their materials. If I recall correctly the first flame emerged within 15 minutes! Many red faces and tight muscles were seen under the blazing sun. It had gotten pretty warm by now.
The next talk I attended, was one given by Babek about integration and diversity. Now you might be thinking it was all about immigrants and as I you'd be wrong in that assumption. Yes, that was a subject, but also indigenous youths and even adults and how we all interact. That was the integration and diversity he wanted to address. I must say Babek is not just a very likeable guy, he is also spirited, enthusiastic and laid back, but most of all he was able to inspire.
By then the time had come for dinner and I was ravenous. Whole pork and lamb, slow roasted over an open fire. Add some potatoes, bread and sauces and a man feels well fed. After dinner it was time for Lisa Fenton's talk about her studies on bushcraft and things related. I had listened to her 2 years ago on the first national bushcraft meeting and I wanted to hear if there had been any developments. Besides I am a succer for history and her studies contain plenty of that!! Stuff like this in the end always ends up costing me cash and making me look for room on my bookshelves.....
Not that there weren't any books to buy on location, although I had expected more, really. Which is just as well, keeping me out of trouble!!!

Dinner in the making!!
After that it was once again time for socialising and leisure, which was seen to with great enthusiasm by many! I did end up in the same corner as the night before catching up with old friends and new ones. The short night and the beers persuaded me to turn in rather early that night.... in shrill contrast to some (or many) others.
During the day we had seen to it that we had some logs for the tentstove and we intended to use those if necessary!! But that night was not quite as cold as the previous one, despite crystal clear skies, displaying a grand starry night. One would almost forget the proximity to the urban world around, but cars and planes did break that idylle on a regular basis, unfortunately.

This for me was one of the highlights of the festival; meeting with others around the campfire, having a bite to eat, sharing a beer or two and hear each other's stories or sharing knowledge.
Picture by Ida Olsson

Bushcraftfestivalen 2017 - day 3, sunday

Now the last day of the festival started of with a bit of an incident. one of those night owls previously mentioned, was dear Olli, who decided to call it a day at 04:00am. He thought it was pretty cold, as it actually was again, as well as very damp, so he figured he'd fire up the tent stove. Now the wood we had taken, appeared to cut quite recently and it had been laying on the ground. So not.... entirely dry. He also decided to use some cardboard to get things going, which had also been laying on the ground and thus even less dry than the wood. Result; a tent completely filled with smoke!! And that woke me with a bit of a shock! So I got up and opened the tent window, whereas Olli had opened the door and flapped it in order to ventilate. In the meantime I got the fire going and the resulting draft cleared the tent of smoke within 5 minutes. In that same amount of time the temperature within the tent had risen to almost comfortable levels. That was faster than I had expected!
We went back to bed and Emma had slept through it all..... Olli volunteered to keep an eye on the fire..... but dozed off within 5 minutes. So I added another log and lay there, huddled in my sleeping bag, listening to the soft roar of the flames, watching the flickering of the flames through the air holes onto the tent cloth, letting my mind go empty and after a while I dozed off again, too.

We weren't going to stay all day, but agreed that we'd leave a bit after lunch. We'd attend the last workshops and pack in between them. For me that meant seeing Paul Kirtley's workshop on fire. he explained how we can create a blazing fire out of a dead standing tree with knife and firesteel..... and of course a saw to take the thing down and cut in up. It involved batoning, making feathersticks and ending of with lighting them with a firesteel. I got some great advice from Ian, one of Paul's associates. Thanks for that!
And between packing, eating lunch, talking to folks a last time we also checked out the cooking pit. There was no small surprise to learn that eventually the stones therein reached a scorching 450C and that a large piece of rump steak was wrapped in moss, put in between the stones and left to cook over time.... just like that. 1 to 1,5 hrs for every kilo of meat if I understood correctly.

Picture by Way Out at the Casström stand


Harry Sepp talking about he book he co-wrote....
after he had made a whistle out of a soda can!!

A big thanks to Johan Forsberg, Tobias Karlsson, Bushcraft Sverige, Babek Toloe, Elle Nikish of Elles utemat, outdoor photographer Ida Olsson for "lending" me her dog Luna, Mikael Åkerman for some highly entertaining lessons in hide tanning, Lisa Stenton, Paul Kirtley, Clive Swombow and all those others, both working and attending for a great weekend!
Don't know you all, didn't meet you all, forgot many names, but know that your effort was and is greatly appreciated!!!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

All (good) things come to an end.....


After 2 wonderful weeks we had to say farewell to our friends again. They are a family we befriended at our kids' first school and we remained friends ever since. They visited us 3 years ago and unfortunately we were not able to return that gesture so far. Now they came back. That goodbye was harder than I had anticipated. The friendship we once again experienced after being apart for years we have yet to find here. Nothing so far comes even close. It really was nourishment for the heart, mind and soul.
However their visit had a profound impact. It brought to light that change was yet to come again....

They brought us a large package of delicacies from "home"... 

And of course we had to show them that Sweden too is developing a beer-culture....

He has Wile E. Coyote as a mascot (and nickname).....
and this stuffed animal is present pretty much wherever he goes..
..

He made us one of my/our absolute favorite local dishes.
It was heavenly to taste it again after these years!!!

We will leave this place. That is for sure. Our time here is coming to an end. The solitude, loneliness and social isolation are no longer tolerable. Last weekend, when we all gathered for a barbecue, I half jokingly remarked that we might just consider moving to Switzerland (I had been balling ideas back and forth with a contact of mine, but looking it up it proved to be a no-go scenario. Far to expensive and crowded), but there was no objection. Far from!!
The next day our oldest daughter broke down and confessed she could not take it anymore. She hated living out here, where there is nothing but forest and lakes. And that, for us, did it. That was the final straw. The decision is made final now. Which is too bad really, since this little village has everything to be a small paradise. Things I mentioned before; forests, lakes, fields, space.... but a socially totally impaired population. Everyone seems to be living by themselves for themselves. No positive, meaningful social interaction I am aware of. After 5 years we're still on our own mostly.

We need to find a place where especially our kids have more easy access to social activities and friends, a place that does have buslines for instance. A place that is more welcoming to others or at least more tolerating. That place needs to be an affordable home which suits our family and which is near to jobs, schools and everything that would enhance life socially.
This brings about a complete change of plans. All the planned projects for this place are scrapped and new ones are being thought out. I need to find more work in order to pay for a move, but also to increase our possibilities to find another house. Furthermore we need to touch up the house in order to make it more attractive to potential buyers. That means no big redoing or rebuilding, but painting, cleaning and fixing.
Decluttering the house has risen substantially on the to-do-list now, too.

We will need to get ready for that change and hope that everything falls into place once again as it did when we moved here. Given the fact that I feel that our friends were steered toward us to achieve that change, I have no doubt it will somehow.

And summer is leaving too.
Autumn's knocking at the door.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

An update on the homestead.


After all the heavy stuff I figured it was time for some down to earth writing.
Summer's coming to an end and the first smells of autumn are in the air. Not that it has been much of a summer to begin with, but still. The wind is swirling the first yellow leaves through the air, the first flock of geese came over yesterday, sailing the wind as they turned and headed out toward the lake.




These last few days have been rich in rain, making it easier to work the soil.
I have begun to change the layout of the vegetable garden. Out with the wooden lining, which, while being aesthetically pleasing, were in the way when working the land and quite so. No more long beds, but 4 large(r) pieces. The aspen tree will mark the middle of the crossing paths for now, but all the rest needs to go. That tree looks nice, creating a patch of shade, but also lots of roots just beneath the surface and plenty of new shoots as well.

Last week I finally managed to make a (temporary) woodshed, which together with the storage next to the house should hold at least a year's supply of wood; all in all more than 10m3. For that I used 6 large pallets, which I got last year, tore off the metal roof sheets from the shed, that will be torn down anyway, and used that as roof. Feels good to have plenty of room, since there not only is a good deal of wood to be sawn, split and stacked, but we also ordered wood; dry, right length and about 10m3 of it.

A beginning has been made with the installation of a watering system. Step one means collecting water. We acquired 2 1000L-tanks and as a test I connected one of them to the rainpipe of the south facing roof. That tank filled up real quick! We had 3 days with copious amounts of rain and just that one half of the roof was enough to more than fill that one tank! When ready we will have access to 2000L of water in 2 separate, but interconnected tanks. But I also need to think of a overflow, that much became clear too.

As for our crops..... I can be pretty short on that subject. There aren't any. Well..... next to none. The continuing drought combined with the rockhard clay soil meant that the garlic remained small, the sown root vegetables are still tiny or nonexistent as I write this. Somehow we need to drastically increase the amount of compost in the soil, just to loosen it up. That means at least 1-2 truckloads.....
Besides that this year is a very bad year for berries and fruit in general. The berry bushes bear very little fruit and what they do bear, is small. And that is not just so in our garden. The same goes for the fruit trees. No cherries, no plumbs and only a minute amount of apples, which are very small. The brambles however look very promising!! They are full! Even the forest berries are not plentiful this year.
The only thing growing so far is the kale and cabbages, but the latter are a feast for caterpillars, since we did not manage to cover them in time. We did get netting, but thought we had steelwire to make the supports. Turns out we probably used it all up when making the chicken coop. Oh well, lesson learned.

Our chickens have been cause for some concern too. This year we only had one (!) hatchling, despite a handful of hens sitting on dozens of eggs. The vast majority did not hatch, we found a few with cracked shells, containing hatchlings, but nothing alive. Maybe that was due to the laying boxes being too big, so that more than one hen could get in and maybe trample the eggs? We found quite some eggs that were broken. The hen that did get the chick, Hermione, turned out to be excellent mummy-material. The chick is growing good, is very lively and very well protected!!
Anyway the lessons we learned were that we need to make smaller boxes and keep a very close eye on the eggs. We lost track of which ones got laid when, which ones broke and which ones were laid later.
We also decided to reduce our flock. Instead of the intended 2x1+9 (2 flocks of one cock and 9 hens) we will be settling for 1 cock and 10-15 hens. One reason is that the large flow of eggs we have now would only increase and we have to many eggs as it is and the other one is that our current topcock Sirius has turned into an annoying brute. He has become very audible (noisy!!) and he is anything but a gentle lover towards the hens. We also noted that Lucius, the second cock, is much more watchful and protective of hens and henhouse, chasing away magpies, where Sirius is doing nothing.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bushcraftfestival 2017 Sweden


Well, only a few more weeks and then I will be attending Sweden's own bushcraftfestival!
Can't wait to see what it's like and meet people known and unknown. They even have the Swedish Friction Fire Championship!
It is a private venture, but with a lot of professional show & tell.


The site's in both Swedish and English!!

I copied the program from their site;


Here is this year's festival program, changes may occur

Friday, August 25th
A day without speakers, workshops or exhibitors. The Festival Team together with the Exhibitors and Workshoppers prepare the booths. Visitors have the opportunity to check in at the camping area during the afternoon.  In the evening an festival kick-off mingle, including live music will be held.

10.00-18.00  Exhibitors and Workshoppers prepair their booths
14.00-18.00  Visitors staying over the night check in at the Information tent
18.00-22.00  Bushcraft mingel
20.00-21.00  Live music from Mika Olavi 


Saturday, August 26th
A full day of Speakers, workshops and Exhibitors. In the afternoon the Swedish Friction Fire Championship will take place and in the evening; a mingle including live music.

10.00-10.45  Speech - The history of hunting tools with Partic Fälldin
10.00-11.45  Workshop - Spoon carving with Jonas Als
10.00-18.00  Free carving in the Whittling Corner
10.00-18.00  Exhibition booths open (see list of Exhibitors by clicking HERE)
10.00-18.00  Workshop - Tanning hide with Mikael Åkerman
10.00-18.30  Workshop - Soap making with the Estonian Survival Guild
10.00-20.00  Knife exhibition by the Estonian Survival Guild
10.30-11.00  Workshop - Survival skills for kids with Harry Sepp
10.30-12.15  Workshop - Fire with Paul Kirtley

11.00-11.45  Speech - Tracking with Clive G. Swombow
11.00-12.45  Workshop - Wilderness painting basics with Ric Nagualero
11.00-13.00  Workshop - Carving with a knife with Johan Forsberg
11.00-13.00  Workshop - Tar making with the Estonian Survival Guild
11.30-12.00  Workshop - Survival skills for kids with Harry Sepp

12.00-12.45  Speech - The body and survival with Magnus de Besche and Jonas Marjamaa (SÖS)
12.00-13.45  Workshop - Spoon carving with Jonas Als
12.00-13.45  Workshop - Tracking with Linus Övringe
12.00-13.45  Workshop - Forging metal with Patric Fälldin

13.00-13.45  Speech - Be prepared for 72 hours with Jan Alsander
13.00-15.00  Workshop - Whisk making with the Estonian Survival Guild

14.00-15.30  The Swedish Friction Fire Championship, feel free to enlist at the Information Tent

15.00-17.00  Workshop - Leather bird ribbons with the Estonian Survival Guild
15.30-17.15  Workshop - Spoon carving with Jonas Als

16.00-16.45  Speech - Edge tools with Jonas Landolsi
16.00-16.45  Speech - Integration and diversity with Babek Toloe
16.00-17.45  Workshop - Plant walk with Mattias Norberg
16.00-17.45  Workshop - Wilderness painting basics with Ric Nagualero

17.00-18.00  Speech - SERE building in Estland with the Estonian Survival Guild
17.00-18.45  Workshop - Tracking with Linus Övringe
17.00-19.00  Speech - Bushcraft: A history of ideas with a modern relevance with Dr. Lisa Fenton

18.00-22.00  Evening mingle
18.30-22.00  Workshop - Bushcraft sauna with the Estonian Survival Guild

20.00-22.00  Live music from Ellinor Fritz and Johan Syrén with friends


Sunday, August 27th
A day with Speakers, workshops and Exhibitors. The evening is finishes off with a short ceremony summarizing this year´s festival.

10.00-10.45  Speech - The history of hunting tools with Patric Fälldin
10.00-11.45  Workshop - Spoon carving with Jonas Als
10.00-12.00  Workshop - Bushcraft sauna with the Estonian Survival Guild
10.00-12.00  Knife exhibition by the Estonian Survival Guild
10.00-16.00  Workshop - Cooking in a fire pit with Dr. Sven Isaksson
10.00-16.00  Free carving in the Whittling Corner
10.00-16.00  Exhibition booths open (see list of Exhibitors by clicking HERE)
10.00-16.00  Workshop - Tanning hide with Mikael Åkerman
10.30-12.15  Workshop - Fire with Paul Kirtley
10.30-11.00  Workshop - Survival skills for kids with Harry Sepp

11.00-11.45  Speech - Tracking with Clive G. Swombow
11.00-11.45  Speech - Integration and diversity with Babek Toloe
11.30-12.00  Workshop - Survival skills for kids with Harry Sepp

12.00-12.45  Speech - Edge tools with Jonas Landolsi
12.00-12.45  Speech - The body and survival with Magnus de Besche and Jonas Marjamaa (SÖS)
12.00-13.45  Workshop - Forging metal with Patric Fälldin
12.00-13.45  Workshop - Carving with a knife with Johan Forsberg
12.00-13.45  Workshop - Tracking with Linus Övringe
12.00-13.45  Workshop - Wilderness painting basics with Ric Nagualero

13.00-13.45  Speech - Be prepared for 72 hours with Jan Alsander
13.00-14.45  Workshop - Plant walk with Mattias Norberg

14.00-15.45  Workshop - Spoon carving with Jonas Als
14.00-16.00  Speech - Bushcraft: A history of ideas with a modern relevance with Dr. Lisa Fenton

16.00-16.30  Closing ceremony

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Running the dogs

Recently I have gotten an introduction into the world of sled dogging. I met with some people from a local club (Södra Dalarnas Draghundsklubb), who run their dogs, mostly in front of the (kick)bikes and much to my surprise it was a motley crew of dogs! Not just dogs traditionally used for pulling and running, but dogs associated  with very different things too. I talked to those folks and got a good deal of advice on gear and how to run my dogs. Now I need to see to it that I/we do get that gear; harnesses, lines, but above all cages for the car! Without those we are not allowed to transport our dogs. And that would be really handy if we need to go and get harnesses for our overdynamic duo or if we want to go and meet the other members of the club to socialise them.
At that meeting we also talked about the dogs' willingness to pull, but I do not think that that will be an issue! Keeping them in line will be more of an issue.
However I have seen to it that I have become mobile. I have bought a used bicycle, so as soon as we have harnesses and lines, I can start. Come to think of it.... a helmet and some gloves might be a good idea too.

In the meantime I did get a suggestion on a book on the subject of mushing (using dogs to pull sleds) and everything related from Jeremias and/or Hannah from the A wandering life-blog; titled "The dog driver; a guide for the serious musher by Miki and Juli Collins.


So that one went on the "to get"-list and you can expect a review, when it shows up here.
See Jeremias/Hannah's bookreview here

Monday, August 7, 2017

Highly sensitive men - Tom Falkenstein's book

In a month Tom Falkenstein's book on highly sensitive men will be coming out. A book to which I was able to contribute, since I am one of the case studies. I must say that I am quite curious as to how it turned out, so despite very limited funds I preordered one. When it arrives, you can expect a review of course. For now it will be available only in German, but as I understood it an English version should become available too. Would only make sense.
I simply copied what it says on the page, so you get Tom's message;

Highly Sensitive Men: Finding Strength in Your Sensitivity

The first book for highly sensitive men written by a practicing psychotherapist. With a foreword and an exclusive interview with Elaine Aron, author of "The Highly Sensitive Person". 
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After many years of having worked with highly sensitive clients, Tom Falkenstein realised that there was a lack of books that address the particular issues many highly sensitive men face in our society. Being emotional and feeling quickly overstimulated often doesn't mach what society perceives as being "ideal" in a man. This means that many men who are highly sensitive not only have to deal with living with a particularly sensitive nervous system, but also have to deal with questions around masculinity, identity and self-acceptance.

In this book, Tom Falkenstein, the first psychotherapist to address the very specific issues highly sensitive men face, offers a plethora of practical tools and techniques to address issues around emotional regulationoverstimulationself-care and self-acceptance. The book also includes several interviews with highly sensitive men who share their own personal experiences and stories as well as their knowledge on how to live well as a highly sensitive man. The book includes a foreword and exclusive interview with Elaine Aron in which she addresses her view on highly sensitive men. 
Here's a link that describes high sensitivitywhat is high sensitivity?