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Krympburkar: Scandanavian-Style Shrink Boxes

Course Overview

The shrink box is a wooden container that relies on a simple trick: Freshly cut (green) wood and dry wood behave differently. The body of the vessel is made from green wood that changes in size as it dries (putting the “shrink” in shrink box). The bottom of the vessel is made of dry wood. As the green wood dries out, it shrinks, tightens and locks around the dry bottom. If done correctly, this will create a water-tight vessel. Though they are called boxes, these containers are typically cylindrical in shape because they are usually made from hollowed tree branches. Centuries ago, the Vikings made tight fitting lids for shrink boxes and used them for storing salt and spices. This course, team-taught by two accomplished woodworkers, will serve both newcomers to the craft of shrink boxes and woodworkers with previous experience who are looking to further explore the possibilities of shape and/or surface decoration. Students may choose to make one special box or perhaps several of them, depending on their skills and desires. Traditional paints will be available for students to practice with, and decorative carving will be demonstrated. Both instructors bring a wealth of knowledge of green woodworking traditions, skills and techniques, providing a highly supportive environment and diverse perspectives for student learning.

Registration in the March 2019 session of this class includes participation in mini classes & excursions on Friday, March 8, as part of the Wood Week. More information will be provided upon registration. Please plan to participate!


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2019  –  Sun, Nov 24th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $300.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Oct 11th, 2019
Includes materials fee of $45.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

your favorite carving knife and small carving tools

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Oct 11th, 2019
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.