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