Birch bark is very versatile material, and without it the life of the northern
people would have been much more difficult in the old days.
When soaked, resilient but easy to bend.
When dry, very hard, durable and beautiful.
Snow Foals by Jenni Tieaho, 2009
Photo by Jenni Tieaho
These foals were seen in Mänttä Art Weeks as well.
Detail of a tail
See more of Jenni Tieaho´s work
Birch bark has been used for example as a building material for roofs and isolating.
All kinds of everyday necessities were made of it, too:
back packs, food storage and cooking dishes, rings, musical instruments,
Birch trees are most common of Finland's deciduous trees, and in Finland's cold
climate even partly competitive with Finnish forests dominating the spruce.
Birch trees grow in the coniferous forest zone mixed with conifers, which makes
them a significant species of hardwood.To get birch bark we don´t cut the
trees, bark is taken off the trees that are cut anyway.
Birch bark is a fascinating material. No wonder, that Jenni Tieaho has
chosen to work with it side by side with other nature´s materials like willow.
photo imgrum @aholan_talomuseo
allthingsfinnish.tumblr.com photo by Marja Pirilä
Photo Tuohimuori, Marjatta Flander-Airola
Rattle and pot cleaner by Tuohimuori
"poor man´s engagement ring"
Making a birch bark roof
Birch photo puusto.com
Just imagine yourself and your horse in a birch forest...
There´s no better forest for a forest ride!