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 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.
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Artsfest 2017 July 13th thru 16th State College, PA
I am very excited to feature some of my new work at this years Artsfest. I have recently started making wooden utensils utlilizing locally salvaged trees in the same maner as my Shaker boxes. For the Artsfest I will be featuring a few different severs made utilizing the elm logs salvaged from the University Park campus during the '95 and '96 winter storms. They will include my version of salad "paws" in two sizes, two sizes of folding tongs, and pie server, a cake server and two small spreaders.
Centre County Grange Fair
August 18th thru 26th Centre Hall, PA
Pieces will be available in the Emporium during the fair.
All pieces will be made from the massive silver maple tree that grew just a few feet in front of Helen's Pierogi Stand. The tree was taken down in 2016 due to verticillium wilt, and dated back to 1900. At 116 years old, it would have been one of the first trees planted to provide shade at the recently aquired fairgrounds.
This year you will see a big change in the pieces made from the salvaged fair trees. I will be making just two styles of my Shaker boxes, a utensil holder and tissue box. Due to many requests for smaller functional items I have included napkin holders, several different utensils, and a Christmas ornament.