During the research on a new body of work, I have been looking at birch trees and their uses and had many surprises.
These are just a few of the uses I found: it is used to make Maypoles, leaves can be brewed into a tea to fight infection, in spring the sap can be made into a mead and the cambial tissue can be ground into a flour to make bread.
The wood is tough, heavy and has a straight grain, suitable for handles, toys, furniture and wood turning. But for those of us that sew one of the most important uses is for making cotton reels.
It’s amazing what you learn during your research!