Russian Birch, or white paper birch are one fo the most spectacular trees you'll see in most peoples garden. With their bright white bark that peels creates paper like strips, these trees have traditionally been used by indigenous people all around the northern hemisphere. This tree came to us by way of bug damage. The tree was attacked by beatles and started to rot, but we managed to salvage the wood and bring you a very unique piece froma tree we don't see much of on Vancouver Island.
We harvested this tree from Maple bay British Columbia over a year ago, milled the tree and dried it in our kilns. After we let the piece reaclimate to our local climate from the kiln drying process we shape the handles, flatten both sides and remove the bark. We then carefully sand it with progressively finer grits until a silky smooth finish is achieved. Finally we coat the whole board with a wax and oil mixture, let that dry and buff to a soft sheen.