Birch bark container and some coffee

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  1. chris67

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    I found a birch someone I had recently girdled to take the bark. It was new enough I took some more off it sense the tree wasn't going to make it anyways. I decided to make a basket.

    I started by gathering and processing some spruce roots.

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    Then I shaped the piece of birch bark using wood clips to hold it in place.

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    Next I sewed it up using the spruce roots. I used alder to make the rim. This basket wasn't made for boiling water. It was for gathering berry's being that it was my first one I was happy how it came out.

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    hot damn! that's cool.
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    Next it was time for some coffee, of course I used birch bark to light the fire.

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    thanks for looking
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    Thanks! it was a fun afternoon project for sure.
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    That looks like fun. Hubby has some birch bark sitting around he was gonna make a container out of. Maybe he'll follow your example on this one! Love it.


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    Awesome...way to go, Chris!

    Neat basket, I bet it would hold water with some pitching of the seams. Birch is an amazing tree, so may uses. Wish it grew here...
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    Bushcraft at its finest and purest level IMHO. Really impressive and well done.
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    Awesome basket! I'm impressed. I'd love to make one of those, but we don't have any white birch around here
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    Beautiful work and nice trip out.
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    Outstanding work...I love your posts.
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    Nice work, thanks for the post
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    very cool post. thanks for sharing
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    Very cool. Thanks for posting.
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    Very impressive! Thank you for sharing!
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    That container rocks, Chris! I wish we had birch around here.
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    Very nice!
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    I feel like I should be doing more projects with it while Im near it, it sure is cool stuff I'll miss it when I move on
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    Excellent!
    I hope I get to see a birch tree some day
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    All we have around here is River Birch (Betula nigra). Wonder if I could use that? Good job Chris.
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    I've made smaller containers w river birch it worked
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    cool basket ..... very nicely done...
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    love it Chris; always amazes me how good things look out of all natural materials.
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    Nice outing. Nice bark container!!!


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    Outstanding pics. Looks like a great outing, where did you find the patten for the basket? On my list to make. Love it.
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    Going to seal the seams? With pine glue.
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    Impressive
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    I found the pattern in Mors's book bushcraft. I changed the way I folded it to make it slightly more aesthetically pleasing to my self. I'm not going to seal the seems. If I was going to pine pitch the seems I would have used his method exactly to make it better for boiling and sealing. Mines only slightly different but I decided to keep it as a basket not a pot so I could still see the spruce lashings. It was a really fun project.
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    This is awesome. did you just fold over the top to make it even before lashing it?
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    That is slick brother. Always wanted to give that a go. Thanks for posting
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    I cut the rim so it was straight when assembled and then lashed on the alder
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    I forgot to mention I added an extra layer of birch around the rim to strengthen before I attached the alder rim and that's why it might look folded over.
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    Love the basket. I've got a friend up in Minnesota that makes birch-bark canoes and learned from him that girdling or removed a section of bark from around the tree doesn't kill it, it will grow a new layer of bark and the tree will be fine.....
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