I was in the woods, thinking about random stuff. I was thinking about how to hide stuff from my brothers. Then it hit me! Hide it inside a tree. So I found a pine tree, that was kind of out of the way, and tried to figure out how to do this. This is the process I went through to make a pretty cool hiding spot in a tree.
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Step 1: Find a Tree
First you need to figure out what you need to hide. If it is too big to fit in a soft-wooded tree that is near you, then you will need to find a different hiding place. I found one in my backyard, out of the way, where noone really went that much. I reccomend pine, but any soft-wood tree will work.
Step 2: Make a Small Hole
Start by carving a small hole into the tree, with a pocket knife. This is best done by stabbing into the tree and then twisting.
Step 3: Make a Square
Draw a square/rectangle in the wood around the hole that you just made. Then draw line down through the square, dividing it into however many parts you think is good. Then, to get the bark off, stick the edge of your knife under the bark and seperate it using the strips.
Step 4: Dig In
Just start carving into the wood, making the hole deeper and deeper. I decided to go for length instead of depth, but it's up to you.
Step 5: The Cover
Now you have to find another type of your tree rather far away. Then you need to cut off a peice of bark the size of your hiding hole. You need to then cut a homemade type of tac that will hold the cover on. The reason you need to use a peice of wood to attach it, is so that it looks natural, as long as someone doesn't look too closely.
Step 6: Finally
Now, you need to tac the bark cover onto the tree. When you do this, you need to only tac the top, so you can open/close the hole when you need to get stuff in/out. Now you have a hole that you can hide random stuff in. I hid my knife in there, so my brothers couldn't find it and hurt themselves. (I'm so caring, I know.) I know the cover doesn't completely cover it, but I made this in like 10 minutes, so it's ok. And I didn't take the bark from a tree away from the hole, but whatever.