Birch Shrink Pot

Birch Shrink Pot 

Saturday, March 2



Spend a day at LOLA making a “magical shrinking pot!”  Artist Mark Hawkins will instruct students how to make a pot using sloyd knives and hook knives.  The initial carving is done with a “green” or freshly cut piece of wood. After pot is carved or hollowed out and the bottom puck is placed the pot dries. The bottom puck is a dry piece of wood. As green wood pot dries, it shrinks around the puck. Students will have the supplies to make two pots; time – permitting. This class requires students with good hand strength. It is a class for beginners through advanced carvers.  Advanced carvers will have the opportunity to make a cover for their pots as well. Depending upon their pace, students may also be able to remove the bark and embellish their pots. (see second photo) 


This will be a day long class – students should bring a bag lunch.


  • If you would like to pay with cash or check, please call LOLA Arts at (715) 547-3950 to reserve your spot in class. Your spot is not guaranteed until we receive payment.
  • If a class is canceled a full refund will be issued. 
  • Refunds will not be issued after the registration date closes.
  • Beginning January 1, 2024, students who request a refund prior to the registration deadline will be given the option of receiving the full amount in the form of a gift certificate for future classes OR a refund for the balance minus a $5.00 service fee.

Please fill out this release form online instead of day of, as try and cut back on physical paper usage.

Instructor Bio: 

Mark has been building custom furniture for clients throughout the United States since 2007. In 2017, he started taking classes from Jarrod Dahl in green woodworking, and now teaches spoon carving and other green wood crafts to all ages with his most popular class being “The Magical Shrinking Pot”. He is currently the executive director at Hands On Deck, North East Wisconsin’s only woodworking school.

  • Birch Shrink Pot
     10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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