Birch Bark Boxes: Scandinavian Bark Basketry
Scandinavians & Russians commonly kept small, flat birch bark boxes in their pockets for the then-popular taking of snuff. Large finger and lap jointed boxes often held coffee, tea, salt, even butter. Today they continue to hold keepsakes, buttons, spare change, jewelry, dried fruits, oatmeal or a child's found treasures. Discover how to make these useful and decorative boxes following traditions and techniques that are centuries old, with a few new methods, too.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- carving knife with short blade (2" to 3")
- sharp, stout pair of scissors (7" to 10" overall)
- (Above available for purchase @ North House School Store 888-387-9762)
- coping saw with assorted blades
- 12 inch ruler or longer
- large clothes pins (4 to 6)
- carving hook or gouge (strongly recommended, but not required)
- sharpening stones
- small ball peen hammer (no more than 12 ounces)
- smallest can or jar of contact cement you can get.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.