I’ve been working on shrink pots. These are pots which are made as hollow cylinders and then a dry base is inserted in a rebate. As the pots dries and shrinks it tightens onto the base. Unless some kind of caulking is applied a waterproof fit is unlikely, but they are fine for dry goods etc.
Here is some work in progress.
The sycamore one on the far left is carved from a whole log, as is the brown birch one. All the others are turned, some from a branch or whole stem like the barrel-shaped ash one and the two small birch ones. The two tall ash ones at right are turned from quartered logs and I think that makes for a good pattern in the grain. While the pot itself can be a fairly simple shape the tops can be more imaginative. I’m working on some lumps of burr birch to make tops for the small birch ones, and I turned another quartered ash one yesterday with a top that looks a bit anthropomorphic. I think these should be quite saleable as they are easily portable and shouldn’t be too expensive. They will make good presents, which a lot of my sales become, seeing as many people who buy are on holiday.
I made stir-fry for tea last night and topped it with freshly home-roasted buckwheat. I had the leftovers on my cereal. I must get a wooden spoon and bowl made for eating breakfast!
And today another load of logs to the yard for maturing into firewood and charcoal. First burn coming up next week.