Pine Bark Baskets

Posted on March 14th, 2012

A few weeks ago a white pine tree in my neighborhood was blown down by high winds. In an effort to make the most out of the limited natural resources found in the city, I cut off and saved all of the branches, which we will use in the construction of a shelter in this weekend's workshop.

I then used a bow saw to cut out sections of the trunk between each years growth of branches. I made a cut with a knife the length of the section and slowly peeled the bark free of the wood, using my fingers to pry it loose. 

I made a few rectangular baskets by folding the corners over and holding them with clothes pins. The pine resin acts as an internal glue allowing the basket to hold its shape when dry. This style of basket is water tight, and can used to store or even rock-boil water.

I also made a few in the style of Doug Elliot by scoring the shape of a vesica piscis across the center, folding the sides up, and stitching them together with cordage. 
Check out the links below for more info...

How to Make a Pine Bark Basket

Making a Folded Bark Basket 



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Nancy Today - September 12th, 2013 at 7:34 PM
You can cut the inner bark into strips and weave with them, too.
- September 13th, 2013 at 9:51 AM
awesome, thanks!

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