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!

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

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