Oval Box Carrier Workshop

Oval Box Carrier Workshop


When?

Start time: Saturday 10:00am (23 September)
End time: Sunday 3:00pm (24 September)

Where?

Hancock Shaker Village
1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield
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About

10 am to 3 pm (both days)

Fee: $170/$155 HSV member

This two-day workshop will introduce you to the Shaker oval box tradition by making an oval box carrier. A carrier is an oval box with a handle instead of a lid. As America moved into the Industrial Revolution, the Shakers encountered heavy competition for their popular oval boxes from tin boxes made inexpensively in factories. To compete, the Shakers added new items, like oval box carriers, to their inventory.

On day 1 of the workshop, participants will prepare the side band, cut swallowtails, soak the band and handle in boiling water, bend and tack the bands, bend the handle, and place everything onto drying forms. On day 2, participants will prepare the bottom, attach to the side band, install the handle and do the final sanding. At least one coat of shellac will be applied. This workshop also includes behind-the-barriers tours to discuss Shaker woodworking. Register: call 413.443.0188 x0



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