Make Your Own Shaker Style Box


23 January 2020

Join us at the gallery for a creative, hands-on day making your own shaker style bentwood box. 

Led by expert local maker Richard Gibson, you will be making a style of bentwood box that Shaker communities in New England refined into the classic elegant form that we know today. The box will be made from sustainably sourced timber processed in Richard's Dorset workshop.

During the day you will be able to make the beautiful oval box using all the traditional hand techniques that the Shaker’s employed. In the morning you will shape the bands and bend them to their oval form. In the afternoon you will fit the base and lid and finish the box ready to take home and use.

This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as for anyone with woodwork experience who may want to try something different. To make the most of the day, we've kept the class size small so early booking is recommended.

The course will run from 10am to 4.30pm on Thursday 23rd January 2020. Coffee and teas from 9.30am.

Teas, coffee, a warming lunch and delicious cake included. Your finished box will be yours to take home.

Included in the course: tuition, refreshments and all tools and materials required to complete your box.

This course is limited to eight places and will run at Elementum Gallery, Sherborne, Dorset. Sherborne is easily accessible by public transport or by car.

Once your booking is confirmed we will email you with full booking T&Cs and further details. 

About your tutor:

Inspired by the Shaker communities, Richard Gibson makes tactile oval wooden boxes in both traditional and contemporary designs.  The English hardwoods he uses are sourced from locally-grown trees in Dorset and the neighbouring counties. These beautiful native timbers are supplemented by specimen trees, felled as part of sustainable management programmes in arboretums such as Heligan, Westonbirt, Stourhead and Kew.

Richard's aim is to remain true to the Shaker’s minimalist principles and innovation in design as he works and develop items for everyday use. He maintains the Shaker hands-on approach, processing the timber himself, from tree trunk to finished box.  The Shakers paid careful attention to the quality of all their work and he hopes to continue in their tradition in everything he makes.

Shaston Box images © Richard Gibson and The Botanical Candle Company

Make Your Own Shaker Style Box


Make Your Own Shaker Style Box