I started with the book Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark written by Vladimir Yarish, Flo Hoppe, and Jim Widess, which gives a great background on the history of birch trees and gives great instructions on how to weave a birch bark basket. First I needed a few materials including a scissors, a knife, a ruler, vegetable oil, and clips.
Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark is a great book. This book is written by author Vladimir Yarish. You can read the Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark book on our website merchantnavymemorialtrust.org.uk in any convenient format!
For centuries people have marveled over the beauty of plaited basketry; now readers can actually learn the skill and artistry of this craft in the comfort of their own homes. Scholar, artisan, and teacher Vladimir Yarish created all of the birch bark baskets for this book after scouring museums and archeological sites all around the world. This definitive guide focuses on the history and myriad traditional uses of birch bark, as well as general instructions for basket-making and plaiting. Get hands-on with 18 birch bark projects, both decorative and useful, including a rectangular tray, small basket with three-part braid, or an oval basket with curls. Finally, in the gallery section, take a look at plaited baskets by various artists using contemporary materials.
"Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark is a visual treat, rich with superbly photographed historic and contemporary samples. The artistry is exquisite; the instructions are concise and easy to follow, the information fascinating.