Birch Bark Baskets

IMG_7111I have been having fun experimenting with birch bark as a craft medium. Birch bark has traditionally been used throughout the world for creating beautiful and useful objects. I chose to create a traditional Baltic basket based on an Estonian design.

Once I have removed the outer bark layer from older dead birch trees on my property, I am left with pieces of thin bark like this: 

I then managed to sort the pieces and cut them into strips for weaving and shaping into a basket:   

And after some trial and error, I made a small basket!

IMG_7111
Working with birch bark is a lot of fun and I am looking forward to making more creations.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s