Oval Wooden Shaker Carrier
This course will appeal to those with an interest in Shaker design, The Arts and Crafts movement and principles, a love of simple classic design, a desire to try something different.
This is a design that the Shaker communities made a lot of and sold as “fancy goods”. The large box has a swing handle to carry it and an internal tray to hold smaller items.
During the first day you will shape the bands of the box using hand tools after which we will bend them and join them with traditional copper tacks. On the following day you will learn how to fit and fix the base and lid into the bands in the morning and in the afternoon assemble the parts to finish your box and take home a beautiful object to use and admire.
All tools and materials are provided, and no previous woodworking experience is required. Accommodation can be booked, subject to availability.
Tutor: Richard Gibson
Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March
Some years ago I was captivated by the Shaker approach to life and work and the simple but beautifully crafted objects this produced. Great innovators, they frequently refined existing designs to make them more economical in their use of materials and time, whilst achieving a high standard of workmanship. It is this economy and quality that I look to maintain in all my work.
Inspired by the Shaker communities, I make tactile oval wooden boxes in both traditional and contemporary designs. The English hardwoods I use are sourced from locally-grown trees in Dorset and the neighbouring counties. These beautiful native timbers are supplemented by specimen tress, felled as part of sustainable management programmes in arboretums such as Heligan, Westonbirt, Stourhead and Kew.
I aim to remain true to the Shaker’s minimalist principles and innovation in design as I work and develop items for everyday use. I maintain the Shaker hands-on approach, processing the timber myself, from tree trunk to finished box. The Shakers paid careful attention to the quality of all their work and I hope to continue in their tradition in everything I make.