Crimped onto bottom - Green woodworking

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Project by Stefflus posted 06-03-2013 12:12 PM 4292 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This task is “crimping a bottom in place” A green wood technique. Dunno if there’s an english word for this sort of thing.

The first try was picture 3, a needlehouse that is meant to be filled with tallow. It is made in Alder, with a Sallow lid. This “box” or what you might call it split when it dried because the bottom was to large, so I glued in a strip of sallow.

In order to be sure I had the required two objects, I made the one with the hinged lid. It is also Alder, but with an Aspen lid hinged on a Rowan pin. This one almost split too, you can see it is bulging at it’s lowest point.

The mug is Birch, which was much harder to hollow out. It has a Sallow handle that is fixed to the mug with mortise and tenon. I later decorated it with rubbing bark powder paste into cuts, I used Sallow bark to get a matching color to the handle. This technique is called “Kolrosing”, but “Barkrissing” (scratchbarking) is more accurate.

-- -Steffen, from Norway

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 12:35 PM

I like them all a lot. could you explain a little more about the “crimping” part. I think what you’re saying is that you make these green, and then squeeze the bottoms into a groove around the bottom, and then as it dries, they shrink to make a tight fit. Is that it?

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 12:38 PM

Hi :)
That’s excactly right.
Is there an english term for this?

I drill one or several large holes thru a log, then shave the rest out with a narrow knife, preferably with a somewhat rounded, polished edge, working perpendicular to the fibre.
The larger mug is hollowed with a drawknife. Of couse there would be a limit to how deep an object one could make without special tools.

-- -Steffen, from Norway

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