Bark Basket

Bark - 1While sorting staves in the barn a long section of bark separated from a quartered trunk.  While this one is not from one of the usual species used for bark containers I decided to give it a try.  Bark is used as a raw material for making water resistant hats, bowls, quivers, and other containers far back into the mists of time.  From at least as far back as Mesolithic Europe to Pre-Columbian America, this type of “basket” has made it’s way into the human tool kit.  While this is not a tutorial proper, I took a few photos of the finished product.

Bark - 3The body is made from the whole bark of Osage orange (Maclura pomifera) and sewn with rawhide from deer.  The rim is constructed from a mesquite shoot split, steamed into a hoop, and sewn with rawhide.

Bark - 4It’s not perfect and probably won’t last forever as bark can be fairly brittle over a long time but will serve to hold some demonstration goodies for quite a while.

Bark - 2Have a look at a simple tutorial for a similar container by Ken Peek HERE.

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About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee fiddler...mostly
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4 Responses to Bark Basket

  1. Bellissimo!!! Wondeful! I love these experimental ethnoarchaeological works!! Thanks for sharing these tutorial !!
    Ah..George have you seen that http://imgur.com/a/m5NlW (i know is not about this article but I’ve read on a newspaper an article related to one of yours interests). CIao!

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