White Birch and Horses Hoof fungus

White Birch,

One of my favorite bushcrafting trees, not only is the wood a great building material but so is the bark of the tree. The tree can be tapped and the sap drank, used to wash your hair or evaporated to make sugary treats.

The young catkins at the ends of the branches are edible and the leaves can be mushed up with water to make a soap due to the sapins contained within

The bark is known as natures gasoline due to its flammability even when damp due to the resins impregnating it. Bark can also be used as a primitive form of paper or be folded into various containers to carry anything from berries to water when sealed with pine pitch glue. Indigenous people made canoes from this tree as well.

Once dried the bark can be ground up and turned into a flour.

Horses Hoof Fungus, in its later stage can be known as false tinder fungus

This can be used to transport an ember from one fire to light another fire. It wont flame up by itself but will smolder for long periods, until a tinder source is exposed to it and blown into flame. Younger black fungus makes a good healthy tea.

I hope this was informal to you

Thanks for watching and reading as always if there are any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Nick

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