Handcrafted Shaker Oval Carrier UK
Each Shaker Oval carrier is handcrafted in the UK, made famous by the Shaker community during the mid 19th century. The Shaker Oval Carrier is classed as size 7, having thin slender sides, symmetrical joints and a neat tight-fitting handle. The sides are held tightly together using copper tacks; the handle is held in place using wooden pegs, forming a very strong and decorative carrier.
The pictured Shaker Oval Carrier is representative of the box you will receive. All my carriers are bespoke and there will always be slight variations in grain and colour.
How I Make The Shaker Oval Carrier
The sides (finger joints) and handles of my Shaker Oval Carrier are made from Maple wood, the base is made from laminated birch wood (due to the size of the base, laminated birch wood give a very stable bottom and will not move with humidity).
The wood is cut to size and the fingers joints are shaped. The finger joints are individually cut by hand using a knife blade, creating a crisp and unique shape. The finger joints vary slightly from carrier to carrier, and even between fingers joints. Providing the character and charm lacking in mass-produced boxes.
The wooden bands that will form the walls are bathed in hot water until they are pliable enough to bend. Once bent, they are tacked with copper tacks produced on century-old machinery. Then, after hours of drying, they are individually fitted with covers and bases that are pegged in place with tiny dowels. The whole carrier is then finished with milk paint and hemp oil.
Old Fashioned Milk Paint contains just milk protein (casein), lime and natural earth or mineral pigments, making it environmentally friendly, non-toxic, VOC-free, baby-safe, food-safe and biodegradable. A great thing about milk paint is that the colour will never fade.
Although the colour of the milk paint will never fade, it is recommended to protect the colour from everyday oils and dirt which could stain it. Hemp Oil is a pure, food safe, solvent- free, naturally drying oil pressed from the seeds of the hemp plant. It will penetrate to provide a protective, water-resistant finish when used over milk paint and bare wood.
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