Monday, September 26, 2011

Spruce Root Gathering Pictures

On the beach - spruce trees on sand dunes

Close up of sand eroding, exposing the spruce trees roots

gathering spruce roots

Keep roots wet until you are ready to strip the bark off

Use fire to warm up the spruce root bark until it steams

Use stick or knee to scrape off warm bark from spruce root

When bark cools, re-warm in fire to continue stripping off bark

A day's hard work, cleaning spruce roots

Bite end of spruce root to begin splitting it

Separate split - the root should split naturally with little guidance