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
Elm Pencil Box with Lion profile $33. Made using logs that were salvaged from the Penn State University Campus during the '95 and '96 winter storms.
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 there spirits. Each wood has a distinct smell and every time the lid is removed from one of the Shaker boxes, and 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.
So if you have a chance be sure to stop by the tasting room and try this barrel aged rye whiskey.
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.
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For the first time in a good number of years I will NOT be showing my work at the Winter Craft Market the first weekend in December. Hope to return at next years show in a new location.
Instead I will have an increased amount of inventory through Christmas at the Gallery Shop in Lemont and at Penn's Creek Pottery in Mifflinburg.
I have recently started making wooden utensils and will also have them at both locations. The utensils will be made from a variety of locally salvaged trees the same as my boxes. Below are some elm servers which are the newest pieces. They will include my version of salad "paws" in two sizes, two sizes of folding tongs, and pie server, and a cake server. These elm servers are made utilizing the elm logs salvaged from the University Park campus during the '95 and '96 winter storms.
Sugar Maple boxes featured at Penns Creek Pottery, near Mifflinburg
Along with a large inventory of other pieces, I will be featuring two different style boxes that are made from a sugar maple tree salvaged here at Penns Creek Pottery in 2014.The tree dated back to 1933 and shaded the former Sampsel's mill house for many years.
The Pottery shop is located in a beautifully restored flour mill, owned by potter Bill Lynch and his wife Sharon.
No.1 oval boxes and No.6 divided carriers made from the Penns Creek sugar maple