Birch Bark Crafting
Birch bark is usually available in stock flattened sheets that are 2 to 3 mm in thickness. Harvest normally starts in mid-May. It is removed from logs after they have been cut for lumber. It is used as a wall covering (both inside and out). When ordering for craft projects I suggest that you order somewhat more than the exact dimensions as the pieces sent are not exact and there will be some waste. You will find that dried bark can be made more flexible by heating in warm or hot water or by steaming. Several layers of white paper may be peeled away on thick bark to make the remaining sheets easier to cut or fold. Here is a partial list of the items that have been made utilizing birch bark:
- Rustic furniture Baskets Light switch panel covers Mail box covers Miniature canoes Canoes Pencil holders Lamp shades Place mats Sign frames Tissue box holders Flower pot covers
To learn more about using birch bark visit http://www.nativetech.org/brchbark/brchbark.htm
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