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Birch Bark Crafting in Northeastern China
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  • http://english.dbw.cn銆€銆€ 2012-06-26 15:32:34
     

     

     

     

    Strong and water-resistant, the cardboard-like birch bark in northeastern China can be easily cut, bent, and sewn, which makes it a valuable building, crafting, and writing material, since pre-historic times.

    Today birch bark remains a popular type of wood for various handicrafts and arts. It is used to make storage boxes, paper, tinder, canoes, roof coverings, tents, and waterproof covering for composite bows, such as the Chinese bow.

     

     

     

    Birch bark can be removed fairly easily from the trunk or branches, living or recently dead, by cutting a slit lengthwise through the bark and pulling or prying it away from the wood. The best time for collection is spring or early summer, as the bark is of better quality and most easily removed.

    To prevent it from rolling up during storage, the bark should be spread open and kept pressed flat.

    Traditional birch bark processing goes through four procedures: 1) stripping the bark off the tree; 2) soften the bark by macerating or boiling; 3) cutting and sewing; 4) adorning.

    Also, birch bark contains substances of medicinal and chemical interest. Some of those products (such as betulin) also have fungicidal properties that help preserve bark artifacts, as well as food preserved in bark containers.

    Author锛? 銆€銆€銆€Source锛? China culture 銆€銆€銆€ Editor锛? Yang Xiaoming
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