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.
During the day Richard will show you how to shape the bands of the box using hand tools after which you will bend and join them with traditional copper tacks. In the afternoon you will learn how to fit and fix the base and lid into the bands made that morning. At the end of the day you will be able 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.
Tutor: Richard Gibson
Monday 23 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.