Beech Wood Shrink Pot
The Scandinavian Shrink Pot
Originating from the pine and birch filled wilds of Scandinavia, the ancient technique of shrink pot making has remained almost unchanged throughout the ages. The green wood must be cut seasonally in winter time, with the forests blessings, when there it little sap running. This retains the beautiful bark and ensures some stability in the wood as it dries. Then using auger drills and chisels the green log can be hollowed and a small ridge carved inside so as to fit a seasoned hardwood base. As the wood dries slowly over a few weeks the pot ‘shrinks’ over this base. Only when fully dried a lid can be carved and fitted...
The wood is locally sourced from storm-felled trees with lids and bases made from up-cycled timber
This pot is approximately 13cm tall, 8cm wide with an internal depth of 7cm