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Create a Flask out of Paper Birch Bark
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Step 1: Peel the Bark From your Victim

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Use a sharp Box cutter to score the bark in a long straight line down the stick.

Use a knife slowly separate the bark from the branch. then Scrape any left over material off the bark with the knife

Step 2: Make the Top and Bottom

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use a Sawzall or hand saw to cut discs off of the end of the branch.
Cut 2 1/2 inch discs for the top and bottom of the flask
Cut 1 1 1/2 inch disk for the plug
I used a hatchet to break up the plug piece to larger than the finished size. I whittled the plug down to size using my knife (Be safe here and don't cut your hand). You could start with a dowel here and whittle it down to make it look "Hand Made"

Drill a hole in the top disc to hold the finished plug.

(You could dispense with the top and make a pen cup for your desk, or a drink holder, it would be a posh Starbucks caddy)

Step 3: Soften and Sew up the seam

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Place the bark over a steaming sauce pot of water will soften it making it easier to bend.

Use a large needle (Glovers, sail etc) to stitch up the cut side.
I used a natural Hay Bailing twine and striped off a few fibers, softened them in the boiling water, twisted them and went to town sewing.

When Finished, insert the top and bottom (sand/file as necessary or apply some more steam to soften the bark)
eyesee2 years ago
bajablue3 years ago
In a word... AWESOME!!!!!!
awoodcarver7 years ago
Very nice , is it watertight or would you have to add some wax , or keep it wet to make t swell shut? I remember doing something like this at scout camp years and years ago
wizworm (author)  awoodcarver7 years ago
It's currently not watertight, but I would use parafin to seal this
could you fire the inside of it like they do wine barrels to make it water tight?
Arano smarico584 years ago
the barrels are fired for flavor not to seal them... barrels are sealed through swelling and a reed leaf betwen the wood
smarico58 Arano4 years ago
Ah, well then never mind about the firing then
wizworm (author)  smarico585 years ago
My intent wasn't to make it watertight, I'm storing lead bullets in it. My understanding of wine barrels, is that the liquid swells the wood, which causes a tighter joint over time.
wizworm (author)  awoodcarver5 years ago
To make this watertight, 1. dont lace the joint. 2. Make the edges overlap by at least half the circumference 3. Use Hide glue to secure the bark - Make hide glue, by boiling animal skin (deer etc). - Hide Glue is still commonly used anything that lasts 400 years must not suck. 4. Make sure the wood/bark joint is as tight as possible, I'd probably use hide glue on that joint as well, 5. line the inside with paraffin, or bees wax
garrett105 years ago
fav. 5*'s :)
porkdemon7 years ago
coolio, iv got to make one of these, i agree with lemonie verry ray meares.
i've been on some Ray mears corses they were great fun!
joknrok7 years ago
Your muzzle loader hobby sounds interesting. Where can I learn more about that? I love the antler ball holder. Hobbies that lead to making your own accessories are the best.
wizworm (author)  joknrok7 years ago
First off I live in Montana where this hobby is common. I belong to a local club where I use the gear I make on a monthly basis, so I need it to actually work. If the gun thing is not your cuppa tea, you could always try the SCA for similar, hobbie/accessories relationship
doesnt the water taste bad?
read the note on the last photo on step 2
wizworm (author)  TheCheese99217 years ago
Yes, lead + drinking water, not so good. I'm actually not sure what I will eventually put inside this container.
hedgiehog7 years ago
for a more natural finish to make it water tight, try using pine sap and smear it all over, then let it harden in the sun.
lemonie7 years ago
Beats the pants off my pickled-onion fork... Excepting the nails, this is very Ray Mears. (nice) L
meddler7 years ago
Thar's neat, i like learning things like this. Never know when something like this can come in handy.