I have been creating items from trees ever since discovering the satisfaction of working wood during high school. As a woodworker, I prefer the clean and simple designs of the Shaker and Mission furniture styles. I like to craft items that are elegant yet practical.
My Shaker Oval Boxes are authentic reproductions of those made by the now defunct religious sect from 19th century New England. The boxes I craft are made from a variety of hardwoods, including walnut, black cherry, and Saskatchewan White Birch, our province's official tree.
Every aspect of the boxes' construction is made to endure the rigors of time. The boxes contain no glue, using only tiny wooden dowels to secure the top and bottom. The copper tacks will not rust or stain the wood. The slender fingers, also known as swallowtails, are not only aesthetically pleasing, they also allow the box to expand and contract without the wood splitting. This all coincides with the Shakers' belief that form follows function.
Early examples of Shaker Oval Boxes over 200 years old are known to exist. It is my hope that the boxes I produce will stand the test of time, and that you will receive as much enjoyment in owning them as I do handcrafting them.