From: Jenny Stewart :
"What matters is that you do not take it from a live tree!
Even though there are more layers underneath, it's still part of the
defense system, and especially if you've had as dry a year as we have here,
every bit of vitality is needed.
Dead trees, windfall, even someone's firewood pile can be a good source.
with natural dryining the bark starts to unpeel in thick slabs. I would
guess they could be soaked to aid the peeling, to soften it to be flexible
& peelable. Like I say I'm just guessing based on logic, but dont be
peeling it. to take scissors to strips that are already hanging would be
ok. Yello birch also has a papery bark. I'd love to hear of your trials &
results!" - Enna