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Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov

Tues of birch bark 'Flowers'. Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov (BeReSta63)

Tues of birch bark ‘Flowers’. Made of several layers of birch bark, facing layer – stamping, water-based lacquered (eco-friendly). Bottom and lid – cedar. Ideal for storing food, dried herbs, mushrooms, berries. Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov (BeReSta63)

Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov

First of all “Tues”, or tuesok (tuesy, tueski – plural) – small birch-bark box with a lid. Classic tues is cylindrical. Another name – Burak. The word “Tues” is borrowed from Northern Russia Komi language, meaning “Birch bark”. Russian artist of applied art Vadim Komarov (BeReSta63) is a talented self-taught craftsman working with birch bark. He lives in the city of Beryozovsky, Siberia. Initially, birch bark folk crafts was only a hobby for him, as he worked as an electrician all his life. But as it often happens, his favorite hobby has become his second profession.

Tues of birch bark 'Scarlet Flower'. Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov (BeReSta63)

Tues of birch bark ‘Scarlet Flower’. Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov (BeReSta63)

Birch bark remains a popular type of wood for various handicrafts and arts. It is is a miracle material, and for centuries people appreciated the healing properties of birch bark. Even in a cold room birch stays warm, as it has a great positive energy. Into the cereals and flour stored in birch bark tuesok will never get the bug, in addition birch has the property to take the excess moisture from these products.

The top layer of birch bark birch bark – the perfect material for the manufacture of various products. Products made of birch bark prominently in folk crafts, from it manufactured toys, dishes, shoes, used for birch-bark scrolls, made boats, used in construction as waterproofing. At present, the bark is used to make souvenirs, jewelry, glassware, various baskets, etc.

Birch bark art by Vadim Komarov

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