June 18, 2012
Survival Skills: How To Make a Bark Container - 0
by Tim MacWelch
Did you ever notice how easy it is to knock off a chunk of tree bark in the late spring time? That phenomenon is due to the sap running in the tree and the bark temporarily loosening as the tree gets ready to put down another growth ring. This is the perfect time to peel bark for containers.
Bark containers have been used for thousands of years and are found worldwide. From the birch bark canoes and maple syrup buckets of the Native Americans in the North East, to Aboriginal bark cooking pots in Australia, the containers have been as diverse as the people who have made them.
Bark containers also give you a strong and versatile container to use for survival purposes in the wilderness, especially if your normal gear has been lost or stolen. Here’s how to make one type of bark container.
If you’ve cut the tree down, cut around the tree about 2 feet up from your felling cut. Then score a line along the length of the trunk that connects the two cuts. If using a stone chopper, mimic those cuts while the tree is still standing. When you’ve finished your cuts, carefully peel the bark off and then you’re ready to make a container.
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