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Shrink Boxes on the Lathe

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Course Overview

A shrink box is a container made from green wood—its bottom is a dry disk of wood that fits into a groove in the base of the box. The green wood box shrinks as it dries, locking the bottom in place. Working with green wood and managing the drying process presents challenges in any form, but the shrink box makes ingenious use of this feature of freshly-felled wood, resulting in a very tight container. Traditionally hand carved, in this class we will turn shrink boxes on the lathe. Students will focus on techniques for turning the groove to fit the dry bottom into as well as turning a tight fitting lid that will dry with the base of the box to a good fit. While this course is appropriate for beginning turners, it is not recommended for those who have never used a lathe before.

Required Tools

  • Pencil

Session Information

This course is part of Wood Week 2024! Plan to stay through Friday, March 15 for a free Carvers Conference day, full of demonstrations, speakers, and community gatherings. Full schedule in late 2023.


Tue, Mar 12th, 2024  –  Thu, Mar 14th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $345.00
Materials fee: $65.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Mark Gardner
Mark Gardner
Saluda, North Carolina USA

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Shrink Boxes on the Lathe