Bark containers are one of, if not the oldest way to contain foodstuffs, liquids & other goods.
In this workshop we will be using methods and materials that span back thousands of years into pre-history to create a beautiful, strong & sustainable container from Birch Bark
This style of container is possibly my favourite. No glue, no nails, no modern materials. An ingenuous method of making which involves clever finger tab joints and friction. An immensely satisfying experience.
A history of the use of bark, roots & wood, plus examples of harvesting, storing and working with these materials will lead us up to the main task of the day, creating your very own natural tupperware.
The gathering and harvesting of materials for projects such as this is completely dependent on the seasons. Spring is the time to gather materials, as the sap is running and the bark peels off the tree easily. Every spring I gather, dry and store materials in preparation for courses. The one exception to this is Birch bark. Due to our relatively mild winters Birch bark in the UK is unsuitable for making into containers. Thankfully, there are many crafts people, still active in Northern Europe, harvesting and supplying Birch Bark for the uses mentioned above.
Workshops to be held at a location in Wimborne, Dorset BH21 - TBC
10am till approx 4pm.
COVID - 19
Please note all scheduled workshops will be running, adhering to government guidelines. If the situation changes and a workshop has to be rescheduled due to covid-19 a reschedule voucher will be offered.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All tools, materials, knowledge and hopefully a few laughs.
Please Bring Your Own Lunch.
1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)
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A fantastic and inspirational day getting an insight into working with birch bark and ultimately, producing an individual, functional and very beautiful, natural box which I will be using to put my lunch in!
An excellent tutor, with clear instructions and always checking and available to help guide through the process.
Response from Fazey Woodcraft:So glad you loved it Cora! Enjoy the box and hopefully see you again in the future!
We had a great day learning how to make bark canisters in Wimborne. The tutor was great - patient and passionate about his craft.
Thank you for a lovely day.
Response from Fazey Woodcraft:Thanks Sam! Hope to see you again!