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Birchbark Canisters with Jarrod Dahl

Friday, September 14th, 6 - 8 pm,
Saturday, September 15th, 9 am - 4 pm
& Sunday, September 16th, 9 am - 4 pm
Wildlands Trust Community Barn
675 Long Pond Road
Plymouth MA 02360

The handsome näverburkar or tues is a traditional Swedish and Russian container useful for storing dry goods like grains, coffee or tea, and even liquids. Made of riven wood and a sheet of birch bark with ingenious joints that lock together, it is a remarkable early example of the now-ubiquitous airtight container.


In this class, Jarrod will delve into  the qualities and nature of birch bark, what kinds to select for canisters, and how to harvest and store it. He will guide participants step-by-step through the making of their own canisters — layout, cutting, and joining the body; shaping and fitting the base and lid; and carving the handle and wooden pegs used to attach the base. Participants may choose to decorate the birch bark with punches made from deer antler, and finish it with milk paint, natural earth pigments, and linseed oil.


Students will receive instruction on safe carving grips with the slöjd knife (provided, as are all tools for the course).


The registration fee includes all materials, gathered sustainably by the instructor. Oh, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday.

This course is open to all levels, but requires a basic amount of hand strength, stamina, and focus to be able to complete the projects. 

Course size limited to 10 participants.



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