Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Green Wood Skills: Shrink Pots

with Peter Follansbee

September 07 - 08 , 2019

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Green Wood Skills: Shrink Pots

with Peter Follansbee

September 7-8, 2019

Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)

Materials Fee: $20

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $295; $275 Ticket and $20 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 12 people.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.

To sign up, click the 'Buy' button above or call: 800-327-2520. A non-refundable $125 advance deposit is required at checkout; full payment is required 30 days before the workshop. In the event that a Workshop needs to be cancelled, we will contact you at this time. For more information call or email us.

Note: For customers unable to take projects with them, shipping charges apply.


“Shrink-pots are the parlor trick of green woodworking. Using a short section of green wood, you bore a hole through the length, then hollow out a cylinder. Cut a groove inside near one end, then pop a dry bottom in place. Then wait—the cylinder shrinks around the bottom, capturing it there for eternity. For me, they are a canvas for decoration—chip carving, relief carving, and paint.” —Peter Follansbee

In this class, master joiner and green woodworker Peter Follansbee will instruct students in the basics of creating and decorating shrink-pots. From boring the cylinder, to fitting the bottom and decorating the surface, over the course of the weekend the class will delve into this versatile project.

About the Instructor:

Peter Follansbee specializes in 17th century period joinery and green woodworking. He spent over 20 years making reproduction furniture at Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching the craft at schools around the USA, Peter co-authored the book, Make a Joint Stool from a Tree: An Introduction to 17th Century Joinery, with Jennie Alexander. He is also featured in seven Lie-Nielsen DVDs:

  • 17th Century New England Carving
  • 17th Century New England Carving: Carving the S-Scroll
  • Master Workshop: 17th Century Joined Chest
  • 17th Century Wainscot Chair
  • Carving Wooden Spoons
  • Carved Oak Boxes
  • Hewing Wooden Bowls
  • Required Tools

    Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.

    Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

    Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.

    Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.

    • Large T-Auger
    • Hook Knife (Tools made by Reid Schwartz will be available for the class to purchase)
    • Slojd Knife (Tools made by Reid Schwartz will be available for the class to purchase)

    Additional Tools

    "Shrink Pots can be made with just a boring tool, a hook knife and a slöjd knife, but more tools give you more options. If you have any of the following, bring them along:"

    • Drawknife
    • Spokeshave
    • Chip Carving Knives
    • Brace & Bits (1" diameter or greater)
    • Coping Saw
    • Assorted Gouges (in-cannel)
    • Carving Axe
    • Mallet or Hardwood Club

    Auger Bit Files are available on our website if you are interested in tuning up your Auger Bits before attending this workshop.