While in the woods last weekend I decided to gather some bark for future projects.Its something I had been meaning to do a few months ago but had not found the time. I was a little concerned how well the bark would come off as we now enter Autumn. I chose to collect bark from Wych elm( although in East Anglia this is likely to be a hybrid). I found a stand of youngish trees forced to grow up straight and relatively branch free. I found that many had been flayed by deer.
After felling a small tree ( about 3-4″ diameter) I took the sectioned trunk back to the craft area and began to scrape off the outer bark. After cutting through the bark down the length of the trunk with my knife I made a simple tool to help ease the bark off. Here is the bark I managed to collect in just a short time. I will now hang this up to dry to work with at a later date.