Known as the Mother Tree by some, the birch has been significant to the well-being of civilizations in the Northern Hemisphere since the last ice age. The unlimited uses and applications of this distinctive and graceful tree have served many cultures; thus, the birch is celebrated in countless traditions, histories and myths. In Celebrating Birch, North House Folk School, a community created to encourage lifelong learning through the teaching of traditional crafts, introduces a broad history of the birch- from its biology and ecology to its place in the practical and spiritual aspects of many northern cultures. In addition, included are 20 beautiful and practical projects to create, including a woven bark basket, carved box and turned wooden bowl. More than just a tree, the birch is a link to our common human past that enriches the loves, hearts, and minds of those who work with it.
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