Shrink pots are an ancient way of making a storage container utilising the properties of green and seasoned wood. These shrink pots often turn up buried in the bogs of Ireland filled with bog butter.
Traditional hand tools will be used for participants to make their own shrink pots, and there may even be time to decorate them afterwards.
The day will begin with a welcome and introductions followed by a talk on tools and health and safety. You will then learn about selecting the material to use, reading the grain of the wood, finding faults in the wood that will effect strength. Round logs will be available to measure and cut into appropriate lengths using bow saws or pruning saws.
Working in groups the pots will be drilled through using auger bits then the outside of the pot can be shaped using a drawknife and end to end shave horse.
After lunch, each pot will be hollowed out using an incannel chisel and the inside surface finished using a crook knife. Finally a base cut out from dry wood will be fitted to the pot to sit in a groove created by a vee tool.
By the end of the session it is expected that participants will:
- have been able to make a shrink pot from selected wood which they can take it away with them at the end of the day.
- have learned how to use the tools provided
- have gained a better understanding the properties of both green and dry wood.
Suitable for beginners and those who would like to learn more about the techniques used for working with green wood.