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Shrink Boxes with Anna Barker

Spend a day making and decorating shrink boxes with Anna.

Shrink Boxes with Anna Barker
Shrink Boxes with Anna Barker

Time & Location

17 May 2024, 10:00 – 16:00

Green Aspirations Scotland CIC, Port of Menteith, Stirling FK8 3RB, UK

About the Event

Anna Barker is joining us as a Hoolie trainer for the first time, and this is a great opportunity to learn how to make one of the most delightful wooden objects there is; a shrink box. Here's what Anna says about her workshop: 

For this workshop I will teach how to use traditional hand tools to make and decorate lidded shrink boxes. You will begin by sawing off a slice of fresh greenwood log which will become a shrink lid. Next you will hollow out the log then cut and fit a piece of seasoned timber for the base of the shrink box. You will also drill and fit a knob for the shrink lid. You will be able to take these away with you allowing them to shrink slowly as they dry out, thus clamping the base and the knob in position. 

After making your own shrink box, you will have the opportunity to fit a locking lid base to a preprepared shrink box and lid. You will then be able to decorate this shrink box and lid using milk paint. By the end of the day, you should have at least two shrink boxes to take away with you – one which you have made and will need to dry, and one preprepared which you will have finished and decorated.


  • Shrink Boxes

    Includes workshop and free camping

  • Hoolie Pre-Fest food ticket

    If you're staying on for the Spoon Hoolie and would like to go fully catered, this food ticket provides meals from Wednesday night through to Friday lunchtime, with locally-sourced produce cooked over the campfire.




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