Ash & Birch Bark Containers – Natural Art & Craft

Bark containers are a really wonderful example of natural crafts. There are many different methods, EcoCreate shop owner Paul Adamson at Woodsman Crafts has several examples over on his blog and has kindly shared some of them with us here.

This gorgeous ash bark container is made by scoring the bark and folding together. It is then held in place using elm bark cord. The rim is made of Ash wood, a thin piece soaked in boiling water and then bent in to shape.

elm bark cord

These smaller bark containers are made from birch bark. There are two versions here, the self-locking method and stitching with willow bark. Both have an inner section of bark glued in to increase the thickness. The containers are water tight once complete and make a lovely ‘pop’ sound when the lid is removed. The tall thin one is prefect for keeping matches dry in the woods, if you don’t want to get the bow-drill out.

small bark containers

Bark can also be cut into strips and woven, this basket is made from strips of birch bark,

woven birch bark container

as are the knife sheaths that Paul made for his handmade bushcraft knives.

We recommend you pop over to Paul’s blog where you will find a wealth of information of woodland skills, bushcraft, survival, primitive skills and green wood working Visit Blog

About Kirstie Adamson

Kirstie Adamson is a magazine & junkmail collage artist. Co-Founder of EcoCreate art & craft network and a passionate revamp crafter!

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