During last week’s 5 day bushcraft course we felled a chestnut and used it for some bark weaving. The bark is best in the spring when the sap is rising. Scrape off the outer bark with the back of a folding saw, then score around the chestnut top and bottom and then down its length. Make a pencil sized wedge and carefully peel the bark off. Cut it into strips and then weave! If the strips of bark start to get difficult to work, soak them for a few minutes.
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