Shaker Storage Boxes

The oval box epitomises the whole Shaker tradition in woodworking, simple in design yet totally functional it has become something of an emblem for their work in general. These boxes are produced today in the same way using steam to bend the wood into sweeping curves which are then secured with copper tacks. The Shakers used copper rather than iron to prevent discolouration of the wood and the swallow tail shaped joints allowed the wood to move without splitting.