Made in the USA – Shaker Boxes and Tote

In the true Shaker tradition, craftsman Keith Griffith has designed and created these beautiful pieces to join the Sturbridge Yankee Workshop collection of Shaker items.  Continue reading below for more reasons why these items are such unique treasures.


Works of Art Meets Elegance and Function

Using the same construction the Shakers did in the 1700s, wood worker Keith Griffith takes pride in creating these unique pieces of art.

The wood is cut into thin bands which are then drilled and hand carved to tapered swallowtail joints.  The swallowtail joint, as seen to the left around the band of our Made in the USA Cherry Shaker Tote, is crafted to expand in heat and contract in cold.

In the Shaker tradition, the swallowtail joint ensures that the wood does not split during temperature changes while maintaining the overall simplicity and elegance of the piece.


Traditional Craftsmanship

After finely sanding, each piece of wood is soaked in boiling water.  Now more pliable, the bands are bent to shape and fastened with copper tacks.  The bottom is then attached with wood pegs.

The wood is sanded again then painted in a deep country red and rubbed to let the beauty of the cherry wood show through.  If you look closely, you can see the gorgeous detail in the wood grain of our Shaker Banded Box.


Finely Crafted From Start to Finish

To create a beautiful and durable finish, layers of seal coat, urethane oil and paste wax are applied to the wood.  Extra time is spent on the finishing process to ensure that these works of art look great and last a long time.

In the picture to the left, you can easily see the finished product of this fine craftsmanship in our Shaker Banded Box collection.


Simplicity and Elegance in Every Room

Wherever you choose to display our Shaker Tote and Banded Boxes, we can assure you that they will enhance your country, primitive, or Shaker inspired decor.

Interested in more Shaker information? Read more about the history of SYW’s Shaker furniture by clicking here, or the history of Shaker craftsmanship by clicking this link here.

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