Skazka presents to your attention a rich collection of boxes made of birch bark and precious woods. Each box is manually painted or burned. Some products are decorated with semi-precious Siberian stones: jasper, jade, malachite, carnelian, turquoise, lapis lazuli, cheruite, serpentine.
Birch bark or birchbark is the bark of birch trees. The strong and water-resistant bark can be easily cut and sewn, which has made it a valuable building, crafting, and writing material. Today, birch bark remains a popular type of wood for various handicrafts and arts. Birch bark also contains substances of medicinal and chemical interest. Some of those products have fungicidal properties that help preserve bark artifacts, as well as food preserved in bark containers.
Birch bark can be removed from the trunk or branches of dead wood, by cutting a slit lengthwise through the bark and pulling or prying it away from the wood. The best time for collection is spring or early summer, as the bark is of better quality and most easily removed. To prevent it from rolling up during storage, the bark should be spread open and kept pressed flat. Birch bark can be cut with a sharp knife, and work like cardboard. For sharp bending, the fold should be scored (scratched) first with a blunt stylus. Fresh bark can be worked as is; bark that has dried up (before or after collection) should be softened by steaming, by soaking in warm water, or over a fire. Birch bark was a valuable construction material in any part of the world where birch trees were available. Containers like wrappings, bags, baskets, boxes, or quivers were made by most societies well before pottery was invented.
In Siberia Russia birch bark was used to make storage boxes, paper, tinder, canoes, roof coverings, tents, and waterproof covering for bows. And it is still being used. More than one variety of birch is used. In Russia, many birch bark manuscripts have survived from the Middle Ages.