Feb 24 2011

Fat containers

Published by at 4:18 am under Plant Materials

Well hope things don´t get too confusing here with Torjus and me both posting.

One of the smaller craft projects I´ve been working on while being in the woods lately is a fat container. I´ve mostly used canning jars for rendered fat, mainly because they work and are easily available. Fat gets rancid through exposure to sunlight, heat and/or oxygen, so a tight fitting container is preferred for that purpose. The one shown here is a design made of birch bark.

Materials used from left to right: Split cedar pieces (for lid and bottom), birch bark and spruce/balsam fir root.

The finished container. To the right is some basswood fiber which was used to make the piece of cordage on top of the lid. An excellent tutorial for a similar style of container (along with other tutorials) can be found at Jon´s Bushcraft site

I may also experiment with rawhide containers for fat storage in the near future and post about it here.


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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Fat containers”

  1. Torjus Gaarenon 24 Feb 2011 at 11:22 am

    Very nice!

    I’ve been considering that kind of containers for fat storage for a while too. I have always ended up using them for other things though. They’re useful for so many things!

    Looking forward to see your rawhide containers!

  2. Deus Ex Machinaon 24 Feb 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Beautiful container, Thomas. I am often amazed at the things we can make, with natural materials, if we take the time.

  3. Thomason 24 Feb 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the feedback. Yeah I made a few of those containers before as well and ended up using them for other purposes 😉
    One minor adjustment I did on this particular container was to include a rim of birch bark around the cedar lid so it would seal tight. The last thing you wanna see happening on a trip with little food is to see the contents of the container spilled all over…

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