And here is how I harvested them:
1. I located the recently fallen dead tree. It was bridging our back trail.
2. I identified sections that have large expanses of unmarred bark. Many places had already seen the attention of a wood pecker and families of bugs.
3. Using a sharp single edge razor blade (utility knife would have been better) I made a sliced along the length of the tree working to cut through the top two layers, both the paper bark and the layer beneath.
4. Using a broad blade spackling tool, I worked the corner under the cut and started prying the bark away from the tree.
5. The bark peeled off the tree as I pried with the spackling tool. Work carefuly so as to not cut holes or create tears in the bark.
6. Once you have separated the bark all the way around the log, it will drop off in a curled sheet.
7. These can be washed and dried and then pressed to flattened. This takes time.
While that happens, start collecting ideas for how to use this special material. Here are a few that I have in my Pinterest board.
Here are some of my previous posts of birch as a theme:
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