shrink pot (LadyOak wood projects)

shrink pot (LadyOak wood projects)


Make a shrink pot (an ancient type of storage container) from a combination of greenwood and dry wood.

Event details

Meeting point

Jeffery Harrison Visitor Centre, Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve TN13 3DH


10.30am - 4pm
A static map of Greenwood Working NEW SPECIAL WORKSHOP

About the event

Shrink pots are an ancient way of making a storage container utilising the properties of green and seasoned wood. These shrink pots often turn up buried in the bogs of Ireland filled with bog butter.

Traditional hand tools will be used for participants to make their own shrink pots, and there may even be time to decorate them afterwards.

The day will begin with a welcome and introductions followed by a talk on tools and health and safety.  You will then learn about selecting the material to use, reading the grain of the wood, finding faults in the wood that will effect strength. Round logs will be available to measure and cut into appropriate lengths using bow saws or pruning saws.

Working in groups the pots will be drilled through using auger bits then the outside of the pot can be shaped using a drawknife and end to end shave horse.

After lunch, each pot will be hollowed out using an incannel chisel and the inside surface finished using a crook knife. Finally a base cut out from dry wood will be fitted to the pot to sit in a groove created by a vee tool.

By the end of the session it is expected that participants will:

  • have been able to make a shrink pot from selected wood which they can take it away with them at the end of the day.
  • have learned how to use the tools provided
  • have gained a better understanding the properties of both green and dry wood.

Suitable for beginners and those who would like to learn more about the techniques used for working with green wood.

Led by Martin Keelor and Sue King who have been running LadyOak wood projects for 8 years, selling their own handmade wood products as well as teaching various greenwood working workshops and courses at various levels.



Normal fee: £55 per person (includes the cost of making the shrink pot which course participants take away at the end of the day)

Suitable for


Know before you go


Guide dogs only
Only guide dogs are allowed on the reserve. Dogs are allowed in the car park and picnic area on a lead.


Step free access

Wheelchair access

Wheelchair accessible

What to bring

Packed lunch, comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes.

Parking information

Free car park


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012