Veterok.

Veterok.

Posted on 08/09/2013


Photo taken on August  8, 2013


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Peeling alder bark for plant dye projects

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Ed Sullivan
Ed Sullivan
Do you separate the lichen from the bark? On its own, our local red alder (A. rubra) was used as a red dye source by native peoples and I was wondering if the lichen enhanced or changed the expected color of the bark alone. Is the thin blade is used to minimize the wood that an adze might leave attached? Interesting stuff and documentation.
3 years ago.
Veterok.
Veterok.
Yes, I scraped most of the lichen off when peeling the bark; I haven't tried dyeing with this lichen yet. The alder bark itself produces fantastic red-browns. I guess it's personal preference,I find it nicest to peel the bark with a sharp knife. It peels off very easily too.
3 years ago.