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Jan 2018

Birch Bark: Nature's Bold Material for Statement Design

The frequent conception of white birch bark for many designers is its stark and cold appearance in nature, limiting the use in interior design and decoration. Certainly this clean and crisp appearance can be achieved in your décor setting if so desired, however birch can as well be made to give a warm and distinctive inviting appearance in decorating. Most birch trees actually contain a...

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Jan 2018

The Iceman's Birch Basket

The versatility of birch bark has made it a staple building material for centuries among various North American and Eurasian cultures, and today is still popular with designers. This natural component, when removed from the tree, is cardboard like in composition, light, flexible, strong and water resistant. These features allow the bark to be easily cut, bent and shaped or flattened, and sewn into whatever...

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Dec 2017

The Birch Tree and its Many Varieties in North America

The word "birch" is the common name given to the birch tree, it derives its origin from the old Germanic word,birka coupled with the Proto-Indo European word, bhereg which means, "bright, white, to shine." The genus the birch tree comes under is Betulais, the family is Betulaceae . The birch tree is a broadleaved deciduous tree and falls under the category of hardwoods.   The birch tree is...

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Dec 2017

The Aspen Tree: Similar in Appearance to a Birch Tree, but so Different in its Characteristics

The Aspen Tree is often mistaken in appearance for a Birch Tree, but appearance is where it ends; both are uniquely different from each other. The confusion between both trees is the white bark they both possess; the Aspen Tree has a smooth white bark. The Birch Tree also has white bark but the degree of whiteness can vary, from grayish-white to gray to black....

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