Making Bark Baskets

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Here expert naturalist John Rhyder shares his passion for bushcraft by showing us how to weave bark baskets. We see how best to select, cut and prepare the wood as well as the actual weaving techniques. John also reveals his interest in the various ancient cultures and communities who would have made maximum use of this versatile skill. http://www.woodcraftschool.co.uk An Adliberate film http://www.adliberate.co.uk for WoodlandsTV http://www.woodlands.co.uk/tv

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I had learned this way of making baskets in school, I believe it was in elementary, except we used paper which was supposed to represent bark. Unfortunately, the school system doesn’t teach this any longer, which I think is a shame bc the longer we are away from the old ways the more we tend to forget. I was reminded by watching your video. Will try to teach the concept to my children so that they will know. Tfs. Take care, Nikki.

Nikki St Laurent

December 8, 2018

Thanks for sharing, I am collecting Japanese flower baskets. Have you tried the Sakura cherry blossom tree?

Michael Neville

January 16, 2019


Foxiepaws ACAnderson

February 24, 2019

Why would you use sumac, its called poison sumac in maine. It makes you itchy and give a rash.

no name

February 27, 2019

I think I'll try that with eucalyptus. I've got plenty of that around me. Brilliant.

Quintal Yurts

March 23, 2019

It is beautiful. I'd like to try that sometime.

Mary Blaylock

April 10, 2019

What a pleasure to watch

Kim Clarke

August 20, 2019

Very instructive video. What type of wood are you using in the demonstration?


September 9, 2019

I'm rusty as hell fixed a old chair turned out okay but half is weaved other half ain't first one since I've been four years old

Dick Head

September 21, 2019

@no name They are two different plants/species.

Sumac trees are Rhus coriaria and have red drupes.
Poison sumac is Toxicodendron vernix (formerly Rhus vernix) and has white drupes. You're right, it's best to stay away from that one.

Lynx South

October 1, 2019


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