The weekend went very well, 10 or so folks making several birch bark cannisters under Jarrod’s tutelage. What amazing material he brought from Wisconsin. We never see birches that large around eastern Massachusetts. They might grow big like that out in the western part of the state, but that’s way out past 495.
After the opening session/slide show/demo, it was time for the students to get involved. Started off making knife sheaths after a demo by Jazmin. She & Jarrod make pretty tidy knife sheaths.
Jarrod distributed the bark, then it was up to the students to suss out where to cut it. “About here?” says Jake.
Some could be de-laminated. Sorta like splitting hickory bark. Just easier.
Mary dove in and started cutting the joints with a chisel. Their first cannisters had triangular joints, later ones had curved joints. The triangular ones were a good place to start.
I semi-Tom-Sawyered Pret into cutting mine. Until I got to decorating it, that is. Then he disappeared in a hurry.
This one’s not mine, mine was more decorated. “tarted up” is the phrase, I think. But this punch impression is my favorite of the pile Jarrod brought.
Here’s a few of the punches, antler I think.
There’s many details, but I’m not writing a how-to. Here, Jarrod demo-ing pegging the white pine bottom in place.
A student’s cannister, bottom & top in place, next up was making the top and bottom bands. I messed mine up today at home, made a two consecutive simple mistakes.
One of Jarrod’s handles. Toggles, he calls them.
here’s Marie’s group shot. Big Steve – where’s your birch work?