My Creative Workbook

Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Stripping bark from willow sticks

Cut a line down the stick

Cut a line down the length of the willow stick with a very sharp knife. make sure to only cut the bark and not damage the wood..

Lift the bark with a cuticle pusher

Lift the bark with a cuticle pusher

Gently lift the bark from the wood

Gently loosen the bark from the wood

Peel the bark from the wood.

Peel the bark from the wood.

Leaving the beautiful wood exposed

Leaving the beautiful wood exposed

As an alternative cut away sections of bark and only strip those places to expose the wood

As an alternative cut away sections of bark and only strip those places to expose the wood

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Tutorials

11 February 2015 Stripping foliage from weaving stems

Remove foliage from stems to weave with

22 May 2012 Bite and snap a sturdy twig

Break the sturdy twig on the scribe line.

Favourite Flowers

Salix matsudana "Tortuosa"

Curly Willow, Chinese Willow, Tortured Willow, Globe Willow, Dragon's Claw, Hankow Willow

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