I love the natural beauty of birch bark. Look at the gorgeous "new" layer of white birch on a tree I found on our property - the old layer of bark was unraveling off of it naturally.
I would never peel bark from a birch tree, but I have had hunting for pieces of bark on the ground. When I have enough, I plan to piece it together and cover a picture frame or a large matchbox. It will be a "custom designer touch" that I made myself.
I blogged about an easy chocolate dipped pretzel recipe that mimics birch bark here.