After returning home April and I went for birch bark. We have about half of what we need to the years supply of baskets and boxes, plus some for weaving. I also finished up a knife that I had forged while teaching the lathe tools class last weekend. This was made with 2 layers of real wrought iron forge welded and sandwiching some high carbon O-1. I used some birch root burl for the handle and a bit of deer antler. The sheath is woven birch bark with bark tanned leather that my friend Johnny Rock tanned, yes that's his real name.
The heat is here with high humidity.....that's the time to harvest birch bark and also time to start thinking about working more at night and early mornings.
|the view from the parking area|
|the classic "wee lassie"|
|I took a liking to this one...do you know what it is?|
|2 nice traditional craft|
|the owner/builder made this in Viet nam. It needs it coating to become a boat...palm resin and dung|
|I liked this one... simple tarp skin|
|the canoe I built last year|
|Roger and visitor looking out at something on the water|
|Jon Strom teaches bowl carving, here's some of his work|
|fellow bark canoe builders Ian Andrus and Erik Simula|
|paddling back in|
|this root burl wood is really special|
|laminated blade, if you look close you can see the weld line|
|lot's of bark...now I have to sort it|