Sunday, 3 April 2011

Shrink Pots - Krympburkar

Made a few more shrink pots today, two from Elm and two from Bay (dark grey bark), both sets of wood i used were green with the Elm being the hardest to carve, even more so when you find an inclusion inside the log that gave no indication of it's presence on the outside of the log, hence why you have to learn to work with the materials and not against them, it worked out fine in the end though.

The Bay is a wonderful wood to carve, the smell as you can imagine from the shavings is Divine (sniff a Bay leaf and you will find out), the bark on the Bay is great, all grey and knobbly, i think when it's oiled up it will look superb and will take on an excellent lustre, i shall make a return trip to the wood yard tomorrow with a larger bag and collect some more Bay while it is still available i think, seems a shame to waste it and let it sit there and rot or get taken for firewood.

I have a small amount of work to do on the pots, such as add a lid on a couple of them, hopefully this time, I've left enough space between the base plate and the side of the pot so that when it dries out it doesn't split the side of the pot as happened to a couple i made a couple of weeks back (see this entry


  1. Wouldn't it be better to use green or semi-green wood for the base as well?

  2. You could, but as i see it you want the green wood that the main pot is made from to grip the base plate as it dries and therefore shrinks giving a nice tight joint, if you use green wood for the base, this will also shrink as it dries and the resulting joint could/would end up loose, of course by knowing the properties of the woods used you could use a wood that has minimal shrinkage for the base and a wood that contracts well as it dries to acheive the same result.

    Ive made these where the green wood has shrunk and gripped the base so well, the pot becomes water tight

  3. My 20ft Bay tree has died this winter (gutted as we used the leaves for cooking all the time) and I was wondering if it was a nice timber to work or not. So after reading this I'll be keeping it and using it on the lathe. I love the smell of bay - I bet the shavings would be great for smoking meat or fish.

  4. The Bay has carved wonderfully, what i have noticed today is that as it dries, it's getting some dark, almost battleship grey lines appearing in the white wood, im hoping they become fairly dark as i think they will really add to the effect of the pots