An Introduction to Birch Bark Canisters (1day)


Birch Bark Canisters or Näverburkar

The qualities of birch bark
Bark selection for container making
Sustainable harvest of birch bark (theory)
Storing birch bark
Layout and design
Locking joints
Safe and effective knife skills
Decoration techniques (as time allows)
Looking after your finished container

Tools, materials, refreshments and lunch provided.

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

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This workshop is suitable for all levels from complete beginners through to those that already have experience of experimenting and creating with foraged bark. Adults only, or over 16 when accompanied by a paying adult.

This workshop will be limited to 8 participants.

The Näverburkar is an extremely traditional Swedish and Russian container made from harvested birch bark and riven wood. They can be used for storing all sorts of dry goods like grains, tea, coffee, sugar, flour etc. and were also traditionally used for storing some liquids. Their design and manufacture uses some really special techniques that I look forward to sharing with you.

The workshop will focus specifically on the following areas:

  • The qualities and properties of different bark types and their usefulness for craft work
  • How to choose the best bark for making successful air tight containers
  • Sustainably harvesting birch bark (theory) and how to obtain bark for craft in the UK
  • Storing bark for later use
  • How to layout a design for an air tight container
  • Cutting different types of locking joints to create the bark body of the container
  • Safe and effective knife skills for carving the base, lid, fixing pegs and top knobs or handles
  • Traditional decoration techniques for birch bark containers
  • How to use and look after your finished container

There will be lots of time for you to develop and practise new skills. Whilst the main focus of the workshop will be about process and safe technique you should still look forward to producing a beautiful new birch bark canister or Näverburkar to take home with you at the end of the day. By the end of this workshop you should feel confident to be able to continue to use your new skills at home on your own.

To be held in our farmhouse workshop in Dundraw, Cumbria.

All tools and materials are provided but you may bring your own if you have them and we can advise on their suitability.

Time: 09:30 – 17:00

All refreshments and lunch provided.

Further information will be sent via email upon confirmation of booking.

Workshop bookings are non refundable.

Workshop dates cannot be transferred once booked.

Available dates (please use the drop down menu to select a date when booking):

  • Saturday 17th August 2019


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