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Course: Make a shrink pot

Course: Make a shrink pot

Shrink pots originate from Scandinavia, and are traditionally used for storing dry goods in the kitchen and pantry. They can be made so the bark is left on, or can be peeled or carved and maybe painted; there are many creative opportunities!

The pots are made from round sections of green wood. The log is shaped to have a tang to grip in the shave horse and drilled right through with a hand auger, and then hollowed out from each end using knives and in-kanal gouges, achieving an even thickness. A groove is then cut just up from the base, and another piece of wood is shaped to slot into the groove. When the base is popped in, the green wood shrinks firmly around the base as it dries. Lids can also be made for these pots.

Beginners and more experienced carvers all welcome on this course. Learners will produce at least one shrink pot during the day.

Camping is available on site, please enquire.

Enjoy this ancient and absorbing craft, coached by an experienced artisan tutor, and take the fruits of your labour home with you at the end of the day!

What's included in the price?

All materials, tuition and use of tools are included. There will be kettle fire with tea, coffee and herb teas provided.

Please bring your own packed lunch on the day.