The Beothuk birch bark quiver reproduction is finished! This will end up in a freshly updated exhibit for Dildo Island alongside the Beothuk bow and arrow reproductions that I worked on earlier this year. The quiver is 74 cm long, with a top diameter of 11 cm and a bottom diameter of 9 cm. Its made from a single sheet of rolled birch bark. The original peel of birch bark was approximately 50 cm longer when I took it off the tree and the pieces cut from the ends were used as applique fringes around the top and bottom of the quiver. All of the stitching is done with spruce roots. There is no glue or modern binding materials used anywhere. The stain is red ochre, water, linseed oil, and egg. The strap is a strip of caribou raw hide ribbon about 2 and a half times as long as the quiver. Its not permanently attached, but is long enough that it can be wrapped and tied around both ends of the quiver and adjusted to a number of different lengths. I'm not certain how it would have been worn over the shoulder, across the back, or at the hip, so I wanted the strap to be versatile.
|Before the ochre went on, the birch bark seemed bright and fresh and new.|
|The ochre stain adds a lot of depth and character to the reproduction. I think a person's first impression might be that its a leather quiver, but if you look closely you can see the telltale birch pattern beneath the rich red ochre staining.|
Photo Credits: Tim Rast