"Turtle Island" 2024 Original Birch Bark Etching

"Turtle Island" 2024 Original Birch Bark Etching

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Dimensions: 16cm x 8.2cm

This original etching was created on the bark of a paper birch tree I stumbled upon in the bush on my reserve. Because I was new to harvesting birch bark and had never tried etching it before, I figured the already fallen tree was a perfect opportunity to teach myself the process.

To ensure the longevity and original look of the etching, here are some tips for after you receive your one-of-a-kind piece:

  1. When handling the etchings, it's important to have clean, dry hands.
  2. Birch bark is flexible, but can be damaged under strain or pressure. Ensure that the etchings are not bent, folded, or pressed under heavy objects.
  3. Birch bark can absorb moisture, which could lead to mold or mildew. It's best to keep the etchings away from damp areas like bathrooms or basements.
  4. Direct sunlight can cause the birch bark to fade and become brittle over time. It's best to display or store the etchings in a place where they will be shielded from direct sunlight. I recommend using a shadow box or a frame with sufficient depth to avoid pressing against the glass.