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 Post subject: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 10th, 2018, 4:31 pm 
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I make knives as a hobby. I like working with the various steels and woods. This knife is a simple Nordic style with a Birch Bark handle. The significant part is that all the bark was gathered from the banks of the West Branch last fall. Sharp little sucker, you could shave with it, but I'll save it for a nice Brook Trout.

ImageBirch Bark 001 by t3 r11, on Flickr

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 Post subject: Re: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 10th, 2018, 6:06 pm 
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Nice Al, pretty.


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 Post subject: Re: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 10th, 2018, 6:45 pm 
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You are a true artist, Al. Very, very nice.

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 Post subject: Re: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 10th, 2018, 9:44 pm 
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Very pretty, thanks for sharing. I know a guy with a nice little Nordic style knife. Now you new to master the “L” shaped sheath.

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 Post subject: Re: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 10th, 2018, 10:23 pm 
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TGIF wrote:
Very pretty, thanks for sharing. I know a guy with a nice little Nordic style knife. Now you new to master the “L” shaped sheath.


I'm going to attempt a sheath and might try the "L" shape bottom. My pass sheath attempts have been less that satisfactory however. Everything takes patience and practice.

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 Post subject: Re: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 11th, 2018, 11:23 am 
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Two characteristics of my sheath.... first, there is a seam, so it is billionth as mirror images and hollowed and then pegged together. Second, there is a small sea hole in the bottom, which makes a lot of sense to me. Good luck and very cool!

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 Post subject: Re: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 12th, 2018, 10:18 am 
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Sweet.

Also, even more off topic, there is currently a bark canoe on display on the floor at the Portland Museum of Art’s biennial show, made by the late David Moses Bridges. Worth a look if anyone is in the neighborhood.


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 Post subject: Re: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 12th, 2018, 11:20 am 
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Thanks Matt. And even more and more O/T for those who might have an interest in Birch Bark Canoes there's a great story by one of my favorite authors, John McPhee, called ''The Survival of THe BirchBark Canoe''. Interesting story about an Allagash trip in bark canoes.

In Greenville, New Hampshire, a small town in the southern part of the state, Henri Vaillancourt makes birch-bark canoes in the same manner and with the same tools that the Indians used. The Survival of the Bark Canoe is the story of this ancient craft and of a 150-mile trip through the Maine woods in those graceful survivors of a prehistoric technology. It is a book squarely in the tradition of one written by the first tourist in these woods, Henry David Thoreau.



https://www.amazon.com/Survival-Bark-Ca ... bark+canoe

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 Post subject: Re: O/T Birch Bark.
PostPosted: April 12th, 2018, 8:25 pm 
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Al,

Nice work! If you need some leather let me know as I can probably get some from work. PM if needed.


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