Shaker boxes and live edge pieces featured at Penns Creek Pottery through Christmas.
Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by the Penns Creek Pottery Open House. I enjoyed metting many new people and getting caught up with those who stop by each year.
A large amount of my work will be featured here at the Pottery through Christmas. In addition to my Shaker boxes, I also have live edge tables, mirrors and clocks in the upstairs of the mill.
This former grist mill was beautifully restored by Bill and Sharon Lynch and is now used as the pottery shop. If you have not visited yet, it is worth the trip just to see the inside of this amazing mill, and Sharon always has it looking extra festive this time of year. As always Bill has worked hard to be stocked up with his traditional pottery, but also has some new pieces and glazes that are just amazing.
Penn's Creek Pottery hours are 10 - 5 Tuesday thru Saturday
pottery shop number 570-837-3809
Just a few miles south on 104 from Mifflinburg.
Shaker Boxes by Steve Strouse I look forward to sharing the idea of combining our beautiful hardwoods from Central Pennsylvania with the simple elegance of the Shaker-style box. Most pieces are made to measured drawings of actual Shaker boxes, while others are variations using the same oval bands to form useful carriers and trays. Most of the boxes are made with wood salvaged from storm-damaged trees or through local tree care services. Each piece sold comes with a card including care instructions and also brief information on the tree that it was made from. I am trying to include more of the woods I am working with and the history of the specific trees. Overall, it is my greatest privilege to get to work with pieces that are part of our local history and I hope you enjoy the information about the trees.
Feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail if you have any questions about my work. I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you enjoy my work.
Mailing address: 145 Shoemaker Rd Howard, PA 16841
Interesting use of my wood scraps Many of my Shaker boxes are made utilizing lumber from salvaged trees with historic or sentimental interest. Philip Jensen, the head distiller at Big Spring Spirits, in Bellefonte inquired about using scrap pieces from these trees in processing of some of their spirits. Each wood has a distinct smell and every time the lid is removed from one of the Shaker boxes, you get that great raw wood smell from inside.
This barrel aged rye whiskey is the first product where these wood scraps were used in the flavoring process. The following is Philips description of the process: Mini staves of black cherry were toasted in an oven until they had just a light char on the outside, then allowed to air cure for a couple weeks. The one year old rye was transferred from its barrel to a blending tank. The mini staves were added and allowed to soak with a gentle agitation for six days before the product was bottled. The black cherry added depth, a touch of sweetness, and some subtle floral notes to the rye whiskey.
This barrel aged rye whiskey has sold out, but I will keep you posted on future batches utilizing other woods.
Cherry boxes made from a tree removed from our Walker Township property, along with some of the mini staves used in processing this barrel aged rye whiskey.