Having A Go At Green Woodworking

Having A Go At Green Woodworking

I make a shrink pot from a tree I’m cutting down.


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  1. stephen hall on September 2, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    Hi are you ok ? Was just wondering because it’s Wednesday 26th and you have not uploaded a video hope you’re well

  2. Ben Jaqson WorkShop on September 2, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Tiny but absolutely charming. Impressive first attempt.

  3. James Game on September 2, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    Thanks Matt, from all of your videos I have watched so far this gave me the most ideas for green woodworking which is something I haven’t tried before, thanks for all the time you put into the video.

  4. David M on September 2, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    Very nice Matt, proof of concept project. I have heard of these shrink pots before, but I have never seen one made. I’ll have to give it a go, thanks.

  5. Bisch Basch Bosch on September 2, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    Brilliant first crack at this Matt. Fascinating.πŸ‘

  6. Life in Yorkshire on September 2, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    I have a Clarke workshop like yours , do you suffer from condensation if so what is your solution .thanks

  7. Josh Luijsterburg on September 2, 2023 at 7:09 pm

    A bodging badger πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  8. Hans de Groot on September 2, 2023 at 7:10 pm

    Interesting little project. Thanks for sharing. That forstner bit extension comes in very handy.

  9. Adam Mono on September 2, 2023 at 7:12 pm

    I had never even heard of a shrink pot! Really like it. Maybe make a top that looks like a mushroom πŸ„

  10. Doug Saunders on September 2, 2023 at 7:15 pm

    When you said it needs to dry and shrink, take it in the house, come back in the summer to see if it worked πŸ˜…

  11. Steve Monk on September 2, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    Lovely little pot that Matt, really cute. What make of Forstner bits do you use? they look nice and sharp unlike mine. I looked at your tools I use page and couldn’t find them.

  12. Peter Paliwoda on September 2, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    Are you an advert for Bosch tools ?…which I use and like

  13. The Gentleman Maker on September 2, 2023 at 7:18 pm

    That was interesting, especially seeing the base method. Thanks Matt.

  14. Tahir Awan on September 2, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    Great little project

  15. Nick H on September 2, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    I saw you strip off the perfectly serviceable bark, then add a carved bark pattern. Ironic! Great project, is the shrinkage to enable it to hold liquids, or just be secure?

  16. Lewis Waldron on September 2, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    Great to see something new and different, nice one

  17. A Shilling on September 2, 2023 at 7:28 pm

    I love it! Super cute. Inspiring. I am going to give this project a try. Looking forward to seeing what you make next!

  18. Andrew Steele on September 2, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Nice πŸ™‚

  19. Badger Workshop on September 2, 2023 at 7:31 pm
  20. john maclauchlan on September 2, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    Never heard of shrinkpots until end of last year. My wife gave me a Christmas present of place on a Green woodworking course to make one this summer. No power tools and no forstner bits though! A large hand auger to drill it out. Looking forward to it even more now and you have given me some good ideas. Thanks!

  21. Les Thiele on September 2, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Excellent work Matt, well gone, I hope you have a great 2023, best regards from a Kiwi living in Australia.

  22. MC's Creations on September 2, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Beautiful work, Matt! πŸ˜ƒ
    And as you used mineral oil, you can use it even for pepper, for example.
    Anyway, stay safe there with your family! πŸ––πŸ˜Š

  23. C.A. G. on September 2, 2023 at 7:38 pm

    Nice one, Matt!
    Why not make the lid out of the same stick? You’d have the grain continuing from the pot into the lid, and it would be the same shape all around as well?

  24. Mandy Leeson on September 2, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    Love it.

  25. Dave.G.Designs on September 2, 2023 at 7:41 pm

    Hey Matt, Question for you. Is there any reason you’re not using the string lights that you installed in a previous video? I’ve watched it a few times now and I’m thinking of buying some myself to run around the garden but wanted to check that you can put a regular UK 13a plug on it (which it seems like you did on your video) but also how good they are? They seem to be really good in the video where you installed them but I’ve not noticed you don’t seem to be using them so wanted to check first if there was any particular reason?

  26. STANhobbyWOODWORK on September 2, 2023 at 7:45 pm

    hmm that was small project what need a lot of waiting for results. I like it.

  27. AndyC on September 2, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks, Matt, it’s good to try new techniques every once in a while, it keeps things fresh !

    BTW do you remember a couple of years ago, I sent you details of the "Lumber Horse" a simple shave horse design made from 2x4s, if you carry on the green woodworking it could be useful, and a good build video too !

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