The shrinkbox, or krympburkar in Swedish, is made from a hollowed out green tree branch, which is then notched at one end where the bottom, carved from dry wood, is inserted. If done correctly, the green wood will ‘shrink’ around the dry bottom, making the container waterproof, thus the term shrinkbox. You will work through the entire process, from hollowing out the wood to fitting the bottom and carving a lid with knob to fit. You will finish by decorating your boxes with Scandinavian chip carving and oil paint. There will be a materials fee. In connection with Vesterheim's exhibition Spoons: Carving. Community, Jögge Sundqvist will give the presention What is in a Spoon? at 7:00 p.m. on March 2, free and open to the public.
Jögge Sundqvist is an internationally known craftsman from Sweden with 35 years of woodworking experience. Jögge learned the skills of using a knife and ax from his father Willie Sundqvist and has been carving ever since. He worked part time with his craft until 1985 and in 1999 he started his own company, Surolle, and now is a full-time carver. He works with precision in raw and dry wood using hand tools creating chairs, knives, cupboards, spoons and troughs, blackboards, and sculptures. His influence comes from the Swedish folk art of the 17th century. Jögge's designs in wood and the use of color are exquisite.