Shaker Box Basics

June 23, 2019 – June 29, 2019

Heather Ashworth

The Shaker box, an elegant yet efficient way of making a utilitarian box with minimal materials and equipment. In this one week class, students will make a #2 individual box, a set of 3 nesting boxes, and a divided carrier. Time permitted, extra material will be available for purchase. We will end the class with a variety of finishes including Milk Paint as a traditional Shakers finish and other options for a more natural finish.

Knowledge, techniques and skills learned: a brief history of Shaker boxes, prep of bands for a successful bend, intricacies of proper bending, the process of building a box onto itself (you can’t simply precut out pieces and expect them to fit), basic tool skills, and finishing techniques. Open to all skill levels.


Heather Ashworth has been in the woodworking world since high school, originally interested in architecture and construction. Ashworth attended trade school in St. Louis, Missouri, where she developed furniture-based skills. Following trade school, Heather graduated with a BFA in Furniture Design and Utilitarian Ceramics from Murray State University in Kentucky.

Ashworth was an Arrowmont Artist-in-Residence following graduation in 2012-2013, and joined the staff as the wood studio technician following her residency.

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2019. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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