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Project by kiefer posted 05-13-2012 03:57 AM 2108 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On a recent walk through the forest my grandson and I came across this fallen birch tree .
The tree had been down for a couple of years I am sure and the bark seemed kind of loose on the trunk ,out came the knife and cutting along the grain I was able to peel off a good sized chunk of the bark in one piece.
My grandson got all exited and like most boys made plans for this piece of bark .
After looking at the backside of the bark I thought this would make a good feature for a project and home it went .
Letting the bark dry and flattening it between parchment paper and cutting boards I decided to laminated it to a piece of HDF and put on a coat of poly to seal it ,several more coats will follow but so far I am very please with my new found treasure and it will likely turn into a box for my grandson .
The name I gave this material is a combination of bark and veneer and gives me another material to play with .
Comments always welcome .


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 05-13-2012 04:03 AM

What a fabulous piece of design, great stuff kiefer, I can see a lot of uses for this one
Well done

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 05-13-2012 05:37 AM

Sounds like you have a mission Kiefer.

I have been thinking about how to use my local resource, Arbutus (Madrone) bark for some time. I’ll eventually get to it. If you’re not aware of this stuff it peels off the tree at about a thou thick (seems like) and litters the ground . It’s a lovely burnt orange color but it curls up very quickly.
You’ve given me a reason to get back to it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 06:55 AM

Lovely colors and texture, I am sure it will make a very unique box.
Nice find Kiefer

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#4 posted 05-13-2012 12:11 PM

Nice “save.” You definitely had a great idea and siezed upon it. Can’t wait to see the end result.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 12:29 PM

That’s a great idea… We have a paper birch in the back yard. I think I will start collecting the bark from it.

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 12:29 PM

That’s beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 10:40 PM

You will surely make an art piece out of that!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 11:14 PM

I have peeled birch bark off of many fallen trees to use for birdhouse roofs, but never thought to do what you have done. What a terrific way of using this birch bark. I will have to try turn it over next time. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 04:16 AM

Thanks guys for your flattering and encouraging comments .
I hope you will also find some less known treasures and bring out the beauty within and incorporate them in a project.
Thank you all .

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 05-20-2012 04:52 PM

Always outside the box! Which is what art is about! LOL. Any ideas for an inlay?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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