2023-06-22 - Shrink Box Magic



Thursday, June 22-Sunday, June 25 (9:00 am-Noon and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm)


Scott Johnson and Bill Rickard


This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.


Making a shrink box is taking advantage of the characteristics of greenwood to shrink as it dries. The shrink box is a fun and magical way to craft a container. Shrink boxes are made from a green tree branch. A section of the tree or branch is hollowed out and a groove is cut towards the bottom. Then a dry piece of wood is cut to loosely fit in the groove. The green wood dries and shrinks around the dry bottom, hence the term shrink box. You will start with a piece of greenwood with the bark on. You will remove the bark, hollow it out, fit the bottom in, and carve and fit the lid. Then you may add different types of lids and knobs, and decoration, such as carving, kolrosing, acrylic or milk paint, and other types of finishes. There will be ample time to make a number of shrink boxes.


Level of Instruction:

All skill levels are welcome.


There will be a supply fee of $30 payable directly to the instructors.

Tool list is available here.

    Enrollment Deadline: 

    June 1, 2023


    Read more about instructors Scott Johnson here and Bill Rickard here.


    Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

    The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681. 


    Vesterheim’s woodworking classes are supported in part by a generous gift to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from the Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust.

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