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Making a container

Besides making birch bark containers which is very easy, this is another way to make a container to eat out of or boil water in. You can make the container just about any size or shape. It takes a lot of time but you can do it while sitting around a fire while camping. You just need a solid piece of wood, some hot coals and a straw (which you can make out of staghorn sumac branch). Just make a small depression in the wood with your knife and put the coal on it. As you blow on the coal, the wood around the coal burns and turns to ash. Eventually, the hole gets larger to the point where you can make bowls, cups, spoons, etc.

This is a great thing to do with the kids around the fire, if they're old enough and responsible enough. Most of the time while we're going family camping the kids and I make spoons and bowls. Be careful with kids around a fire and coal. The coal will easily and does jump out of the wood when you blow on it. It can land on your shoes or even on someone else if you blow it hard enough.

If you don't have a straw, there are many plants and trees that you can use. We usually use the staghorn sumac branch and hollow it out. I think that's what I'm using in this pic.

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