Elm Bark Basket

Willow baskets with elm bark
or just pure elm.

Our UK elm trees still manage to grow to a good size, but once they reach a certain age they usually suffer from elm disease. If the trees can be cut in the spring just before they come into full leaf and before the disease gets them the bark can be easily stripped and used. The trees are cut down, the outer bark removed using a drawknife and then the inner bark peeled off either in long, thin strips or in large sections. This is then dried and resoaked in water when it's needed.

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