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The unique making of Shaker Boxes

Shaker Boxes are both unique and distinctive. From their oval shape, seamless construction and veneer-like wood to the fine but practical details of the copper rivets and wooden dowels.

Shaker boxes originated in the early 1700s within the Shaker communities of North America and were designed for everyday, practical uses around the home – from dry pantry ingredients and kitchen items to small craft supplies, sewing items and parts for the workshops.

Timbo’s Shop is now bringing this beautiful craft back to life by handcrafting traditional Oval Shaker Boxes in our Brisbane Workshop.

Our maker, Jude Legg uses traditional ‘bentwood’ methods, high-quality timbers (such as American Cherry, Walnut or Rock Maple) and authentic copper rivets sourced from Shaker suppliers in Mount Lebanon USA.  One of Jude’s favourite timbers to use for the Shaker Boxes is American Cherry – a prized hardwood that has been hand-selected due to its smooth grain, warm reddish-brown colour and light pink flecks or patina.

 

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Handcrafted and constructed using traditional Shaker copper rivets.
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Hammering in the copper rivets
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The beautiful fine detail including wooden dowels
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Hammering in the copper rivets
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During the making process, the wood is cut to size and the “fingers” are shaped. The wooden bands that form the walls are bathed in hot water until they are pliable enough to bend. Once bent, they are tacked with copper tacks sourced from traditional Shaker suppliers in the USA. After drying, they are fitted with covers and bases that are pegged in place with tiny dowels to create the sturdy box.

Shaker Boxes are becoming increasingly popular as elegant and stylish pieces for home or office interior design. Whether it is 1 or 7 shaker boxes, this collection adds warmth and curiosity to any room due to its wood finishes and fine details.  We are also seeing Shaker Boxes being a much sought after item for event theming and weddings.  As pictured, these wooden pieces make great centre-piece decorations or room theming for everything from corporate events to country, boho or folk style weddings.

 

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Stacked Shaker Boxes in the home.
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Beautiful for theming events or weddings.
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The original plastic-free storage solution!
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Timbo’s Shop makes 7 Oval Shaker Box sizes that all stack perfectly on top or inside each other. Each Shaker Box is available separately or can be purchased a set of your favourite sizes. Our American Cherry Shaker Boxes are available online now or if you are interested in our American Walnut or American Rock Maple versions, please contact us (as stocks are limited) or speak to Tim about placing a custom order.

Shaker Boxes are available to buy online now or make a time to visit our Brisbane showroom.

 

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