I’ve been wanting to try carving a kuksa from a Birch bur and finally got the chance to do it. The Birch bur is an abnormal growth on the trunk of the tree
I disturbed two Woodcock while out walking today. The picture below was taken where one a the birds was feeding and shows its two footprints and numerous holes where it had been probing with its long bill to find invertebrates.
There is a new book about to be published called “Celebrating Birch” which some of you might be interested in.
“If you think of birch as simply a wood to work with, think again. For centuries, this legendary tree has been vital to the survival of mankind and is celebrated by cultures around the world. In this stunning salute, the “North House Folk School” will delight your curiosity with the fascinating history and myths of the birch, while sharpening your woodworking skills with 15 beautiful projects that include carved ornaments, turned bowls, bark baskets and more.”
I pre-ordered my copy with Amazon Uk and the delivery date is estimated to be the first week of February.
You may need to boil water for cooking or to purify it and to do this it is not necessary to have a metal cooking pot. If you have with you or can find a glass or plastic bottle, this can be utilised as a vessel to boil water.
Remove some embers from your fire and then fill the bottle with water and place in the embers (do not put a lid on the bottle!!!). The glass will not crack or the plastic melt because the water absorbs the heat from the fire. You must ensure that any flames do not go higher than the water level and that the bottle does not boil dry.
Here I am boiling water in a plastic bottle.
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I have been off work today with a cold and asthma, so needed a simple project I could do the inside. About a year ago I was shown the principles of knot less netting and decided to try and make a carrier for a large bottle.
I have used para cord below to show how the principles of this method work. Loop the cord (I used my fingers as a gauge) around a gauge and then thread the cord three times around it’s self and then make the next loop and repeat the above.