My handcrafted Shaker Oval wooden box is a reproduction of the original design, made famous by the Shaker community during the mid 19th century. Boxes range from size 0 through 5, having thin slender sides, symmetrical joints and neat tight-fitting lids. The sides are held tightly together using copper tacks; the tops and bottoms are held in place using wooden pegs, forming a very strong and decorative box.
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 box to box, and even between fingers on a box. 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.
Each Shaker oval wooden box is made from Maple wood and the outside is then finished with two coats of milk paint and a final coat of wax.
All my boxes are bespoke and there will always be slight variations in grain and colour.
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