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Musical Shrink Pot

Between juggling this last month of a strange school year and a bout with sciatica, my carving time has been limited lately, but I was able to get a different sort of shrink pot finished before Mother’s Day.  Keeping in … Continue reading

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More Fun with Shrink Tubes

Sometimes you just have to get an odd idea out of your system.  This one involved shrink pots, or more specifically, shrink tube bottoms.  I’ve written several posts about shrink pots/boxes/tubes with procedures and all that.  Here is a link … Continue reading

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In the Beginning

Wanting to make another big cherry shrink pot like the one in this post, I put my big folding saw in my pack and walked to a nearby woodlot where a cherry tree had fallen a few months ago.  The … Continue reading

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Täljfest 2019

In my lectures at both Spoonfest and Täljfest, I referred to an excerpt from Mary Oliver’s poem Sometimes: Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. Astonishment comes easy at Sätergläntan, the traditional crafts school in … Continue reading

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Bright Shrink Pot

Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.” The light flows from their branches. —Mary Oliver, from the poem “When I am Among the Trees” That poetry excerpt may look familiar.  I shared it last … Continue reading

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A Couple Shrink Pots and Spoons

I made a couple shrink posts from sections of birch with personality that I just couldn’t resist.  The bark seems so alive and dynamic — warts and all.  The bending nature of these pieces added just a bit of extra … Continue reading

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Coffee Pot

For many folks, the morning cup of coffee is one of life’s great joys, a sacred ritual and/or an absolute necessity.  I’m happy that this big shrink pot will become a part of the morning routine for one coffee lover. … Continue reading

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Shrink Pots, Paint and Lettering

    If weep you must, then weep; but weep that tears must be, and be Gentle and grow as, weeping to the ground, the willow tree; And grace will come, lighting the eyes of heaven, after thee. — Catherine … Continue reading

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“Fish Say…” Shrink Pot

As I was shaving down the walls of this cherry shrink pot, I couldn’t help but notice a few small tight pin knots, mostly because the swirling grain direction around them was causing me fits.  Then I thought they might … Continue reading

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Tradition

I’ve been catching up on some bowls, but I wanted to take a moment to share this cherry shrink pot that I finished a couple weeks ago.  You might recognize my inspiration for the quote if you’ve visited By Hand & … Continue reading

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