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Saturday 4 November, 2017
The craft of traditional green woodwork aspires to use the unique nature of freshly harvested wood to create utility items of beauty.
The shrink box is a perfect example of this craft.
Starting with a length of green, freshly felled log, traditional augers are used to bore down the grain then further hollowed with knives to create a wooden tube.
A seasoned piece of wood is then shaped and cunningly fitted to make a base which is held in place by the action of the body drying and shrinking.
Designs can be simple or elaborate with unlimited potential.
There has been a strong shrink box making tradition in Scandinavia and North America for centuries.
Tutor is Maurice Pyle, the north east's foremost traditional greenwood worker.
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