A day of making bark containers and wooden spoons using the natural resources of the woodlands of Black Park County Park, The park provided lovely Birch for carving spoons and Sweet Chestnut for making pots. Black Park has a secluded area for Bushcraft activities, not far from the lake, with the camp kettle on throughout the day for cups of tea and coffee.The day started with learning basic knife skills and considerations for the their safe use. First off it was carving tent pegs and becoming familiar with carving green wood. Once everyone was confident with general carving, we moved on to carving wooden spoons. Containers were made from rounds of Sweet Chestnut. The bark was carefully cut and peeled away, ready to form the container and strips of bark used to stitch them together. Disks of Birch were used to provide the base and lids for the containers.
Everyone was pleased with the results, taking home some lovely bark containers and wooden spoons.