I like to tinker with small projects sometimes and I'm especially fond of using old wood working techniques. I thought I would share a few how-to's if anyone should be interested to try them.
What I will show here is a method to make round or oval boxes of thin boards that are wrapped around a mold. These boxes can be made in a lot of sizes and shapes and has been used for many purposes. The type of box I'll make here has traditionally been used to store butter.
First thing to do is to make a mold of desired size and shape. This box will be 12 cm (5") in dia and about the same height.
The boards are best made of green wood. I used birch for this one, but many woods will do as long as it's straightfibered. Cut off a piece from a log and split it in quarters (it's easier to follow the fibers if you split it instead of sawing).
Plane and square it on two sides and saw off a thin board.
Plane the sawed face to thickness. For a box of this size 3mm (1/8") is suitable.
Even if you use green wood the thin boards tend to dry quickly so before you try to bend it soak it in warm water for five minutes, then wrap it around the mold and clamp it.
Let it dry for a day or two.
To be continued......