Shaker Oval Boxmaking Basics with Eric Pintar
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Registration Deadline: July 12, 2021
In this workshop we will focus on the construction of a nest of six boxes. Enjoy learning the process by which the Shakers made these wooden vessels more than 150 years ago. Elegant simplicity describes the Shaker design. Each student will make a nest of six boxes from cherry wood. Thin strips of wood are carefully prepared in Michigan and each student carves the “fingers” on one end before soaking them in a hot water bath. The bands are bent in an oval shape and copper tacks are applied to hold each band together. Quarter-sawn cherry tops and bottoms are fitted and held in place by wooden pegs. Simple construction and elegant design make this project appealing to anyone with an interest. No woodworking experience necessary.
NOTE: Tuition includes a $25 one-time registration fee. If you have already paid the fee, it will be deducted from your total before your card is charged.
Eric Pintar has been involved with this traditional craft for 25 years. Teaching for organizations that preserve history and supplying craftsmen with materials for their work has been a meaningful career. He adds, “This activity leads one to feel connected to the past. These vessels were being made by Shaker brethren nearly two hundred years ago and today the tradition is carried on. It’s an obligation of stewardship that leads to a continuity of craftsmanship.”