These are of Viking origin and are an alternative to a coopered vessel. A piece of green (unseasoned) timber is hollowed out into a tube. Then a groove is cut near the bottom to accept the base. A dry timber base is made to fit loosely, then as the tube shrinks it tightens onto the base. Although the fit is close, it is not watertight, but very good for dry goods etc.
Big ash pair
Faceted oak log; vinegar-blackened oak finished with milk paint with earth pigment and oiled 6 1/4 x 3 3/8 inches.
Turkish umber; birch 5 x 2 inches, milk paint with earth pigment oiled finish.
China red; birch 6 x 2 1/2 inches, milk paint with strong red earth pigment.
Very free form! At either side are birch branch pots (right is 3 3/4 x 3 inches) and the middle one is oak, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, darkened with vinegar and finished with earth pigment and oil (the latter is SOLD).
The Knaresborough Collection
And in more detail:
Ripple vase, elm body with riven sycamore base, 6 3/4 x 4 inches. Price: £30
Ripple base view.
Oaky, oak body, riven sycamore base 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches. This pot has now been blackened using vinegar. Price £30 SOLD
Oaky, base view.
Small pots in birch 2 to 3 x 2 inches, faceted or plain. Price £20 each.
Peggy pan; sycamore body, ash base, burr birch lid. 2 1/2 x 6 inches. Price £40
Peggy pan, showing peg and pin closure.
Leafy, sycamore body and base, chestnut lid. 7 inches wide (max) x 3 1/2 inches high. Price £40
Plain Jim; birch body and sycamore base 4 3/4 x 3 1/2 Price £30.
Plain Jim, showing cross section from top (resting on Oaky, see above)
Cloud, sycamore body, burr birch top, sycamore base. 4 1/4 high x 6 wide (max). Price £40 SOLD
The Otley Collection
The Otley collection, more detail:
The crest pot, sycamore body and birch burr lid, height 2 3/4″ SOLD.
Dolly open, birch body and top, old oak pegs height 2 3/4″
Plain pan, sycamore body, birch lid. Height 2 3/4 ” Price £45