Cover for knife from birch bark

Hello. If you are an avid fisherman or hunter, or often go to nature, it happens that the sheath from the knife (scabbard) is lost or just torn. Buy in a hunting shop, or order a master - expensive. The way out of this unpleasant situation is quite simple and not expensive. Not expensive - in the sense of generally free! Only free material that grows on birch and a little patience is needed.  Birch knife cover
So: find a straight, straight tree (birch) without knots at the bottom of the trunk. It is desirable that on your chosen piece of birch bark there were no lichens, small cracks and dark spots. Clear, uniform structure! Having made a T-shaped incision on the trunk, carefully remove the piece of bark necessary for the cover. Of course with a margin. The bark is very easily separated from the trunk. It should not be too thin, about 1.5-2 mm thick. If necessary, it can be easily stratified.It is not necessary to dry the bark, because thanks to the tar contained in it, it is impossible to drive all the moisture out of it. What is good about this material is that you do not need to waste time on drying and processing, you can start working directly with it immediately after its extraction. By the way, due to the high content of tar, the birch bark remains flexible and water-repellent material, not subject to decay and rotting for a very long time.
 Case for a knife from birch bark
Case for birch bark knife
Next, take your knife and apply it to the birch bark, cutting edge to the edge (this is important!), with a margin of 1.5 cm. Drawing with 1 cm indented contour from the blade. Cut a strip of birch bark 1 cm wide along the drawn contour - it will serve as a gasket between the walls of the cover, which we hold together with glue and thinly cut birch bark. Next, repeat the same procedure, turning the knife to the other side. If necessary, you can immediately leave a small section on the side you need, for attaching to a belt or belt.The resulting blank is bent so that the lines of the contours come together (at least approximately) and insert a gasket cut between the edges. For temporary fixation, glue all layers together. We put it under the press, until it dries.
 Birch bark knife cover
Birch knife cover
 Case for a knife made of birch bark
As the billet dries, we will be engaged in making harnesses from the remains of birch bark. We take the thickness of the birch bark (for example, 1.5 mm) and measure the same one and a half mm with a ruler. from the smooth edge of the bark. Carefully, with a knife, cut off a measured strip from the sheet. Get a square bundle with equal sides. If you don’t want to mess around, you can use some kind of shoelace, like a shoe, although it’s not so impressive ...
 Birch knife cover
Case for knife from birch bark  Cover for a knife from birch bark After waiting for the glue to dry completely billet, we get it from under the press.Take the sandpaper and align the glued edges. Next, we make holes in the burner, with dimensions twice the thickness of the tow, along the entire edge fixed with glue at a distance of 1 cm from each other and 5 mm from the edge. You can use a drill with a tube instead of a drill (any metal tube of the appropriate caliber, with slightly sharpened edges). Holes ready - take a harness. Sharpen both ends of the harness, for ease of threading through the holes and crosswise through the holes. If the harness turned out to be short - it doesn’t matter, we hide both ends in the thicker edge of the cover, holding them together with a second glue and continue on.
 Case for a knife from birch bark
Case for birch bark knife It remains only to cover the product with transparent varnish. If you have artistic skills, it is possible to depict something on the case with a burner, before coating it with varnish. That's all. Secure use and good crafts!

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