The Shakers were a Christian sect from England, who settled in North Eastern USA in 1774. The guiding Shaker principles of utility, humbleness, honesty, and simplicity, using locally available materials, had a profound effect on their crafts and design, on their homes, furniture, domestic items and lifestyle. Their gentle forms and elegance fit well in any interior, a calming influence and simple gift to us in our busy and complex lives.
I have made these boxes, trays, baskets and bowls using European and North American hardwoods; the sides are in solid wood, thinned down to make tight bends possible; the lid and bottom panels are veneered plywood, for greater durability. The wood is made pliable by soaking it in a bath of boiling water, and then bending it around a template. Heat plasticises the wood, the water is the heat carrier. Copper tacks, or rivets, clinch the bands together, no glue. After smoothing and assembling all the parts, I finish the surfaces with lacquer, then with a clear, hard wax. Wood is an incredibly durable material, and, with care, these Shaker-inspired items could become a family heirloom, passed down the generations.
I have my work in a number of galleries around the United Kingdom. If you are interested in selling my work at your gallery please contact me for wholesale prices. I am happy to sell direct to the public and have to match the retail price, but can offer free shipping within the UK. Please contact me if you wish to discuss a purchase.
Simple Gifts products
Every box, tray, basket, bowl and item of furniture I make gets my mark stamped on it. It signifies my promise to those who have my work that I have made for them a high quality and durable product that will give a lifetime of service.