While 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.
The 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.
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