Sterling Silver and Yellow Birch Bark Collection
Yellow Birch ✴ Betula alleghaniensis
It's thin golden papery bark is used as kindling to start fires, its leaves and twigs can be made into a tea with a wintergreen flavor. Yellow birches are found in the eastern part of the states, through the Appalachian and Adirondack mountains. In the early spring the tree can be tapped for its sap and cooked down into syrup. Yellow Birch has a relationship with beloved chaga mushrooms and birch polypore.
I harvested this birch bark from the Ohio Pyle stretch of the Great Allegheny Passage and set it in sterling silver and glass cabochons. The silver has been hand stamped in a birch bark pattern, and there is some birch bark leaf detail on several of the pieces in this small collection.