24 Aug 2017

Foals of Birch Bark by Jenni Tieaho - what else?

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.



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,
even shoes.

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.


Back pack


Shoes
allthingsfinnish.tumblr.com photo by Marja Pirilä


Photo Tuohimuori, Marjatta Flander-Airola


Rattle and pot cleaner by Tuohimuori


Jewellery box


Jewellery, "poor man´s engagement ring"


Making a birch bark roof
Photo yle.fi


Birch, photo puusto.com


Just imagine yourself and your horse in a birch forest...
There´s no better forest for a forest ride!



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