inspired through talking about wilderness skills with a friend I thought about making again another bark container. Exploring Hajógyári-sziget a few days ago I found a freshly broken branch perfectly suitable for making a little bark container.
Although there are many designs on how to make bark containers, including some without using a knife, this type can be done with a pocket-knife. A container like this can help you store things in it, it can serve as a cup or even as a cooking pot if you make it water tight or use specific folding techniques.
Here are some pictures and a short description on how to make one:
Best find a freshly broken branch or some freshly cut trees as to not hurt and damage a living tree.
Make cuts in the bark to get a rectangular shaped piece of bark. A little stick can help you removing the bark without damaging it.
The removed piece of bark ready to be trimmed to a rectangular shape.
Roll the piece like shown above. I did it inside out this time. Roll it two times to add stability especially if you use a thin piece of bark.
Make some small holes with the knife and insert some small wooden pegs to hold the form in place.
Find or make some rope for stitching. I used some narrow pieces of bark here.
This is one way how to stitch your container. Tie the ends.
After stitching trimm the bottom and the top even. Then find a dead branch a little bigger than the openings and cut two slices.
Carve one of the slices fitting for the bottom and carefully put it in. Leave the lid a little thicker and trimm the sides in a slightly conical shape. If you like you can make a little hole in the top, make a little piece of rope and fix it as a knob.