I will demonstrate the process of bending side bands for making Shaker boxes.
A large amount of my work will be featured here through Christmas.
This is a combined open house with Penn's Creek Pottery and Shade Mountain Winery and Vineyards. They are just a few miles apart, and several miles south of Mifflinburg on Route 104.
My demo will be in the upstairs level of Penn's Creek Pottery, which is the former Sampsel's 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. If you have been to one of their open houses you already know about the fabulous food prepared by Sharon, Wendy and Jane. Wine sampling of Shade Mountain's wonderful wine selection is also at both locations.
Penn's Creek Pottery hours are 10 - 5 Tuesday thru Saturday
pottery shop number 570-837-3809
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.