May 14 2010

Birch Bark

Published by at 12:24 pm under Expeditions and Experiences

The birch bark is becoming peelable now. I need lots of it this year, since I am covering at least one earth lodge with it. We found a beaver felled birch with exceptionally thick and flexible bark. About half a centimetre thick is more than I am used to, but it seems like the drier inland climate here makes for higher quality birch bark. It is an observation I have made on other occations too. Why it is like that I don’t know, it may be an evaporation or cold resistance strategy.

The other photo shows the importance of the beaver. The dams fill up with sediments creating an extremely fertile bog or plain after the dam has collapsed. He clears forest and the drowned trees makes for good food and hole trees for woodpecker and subsequently the Common Goldeneye if large enough.


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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Birch Bark”

  1. Anonymouson 14 May 2010 at 5:24 pm

    nice to get such good bark,here in the uk pollution affects the quality of our bark,the far north of scotland may produce good bark,if your lucky..

  2. grimboon 14 May 2010 at 5:26 pm

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