Traditional Shaker Boxes Unpacked

November 1, 2020 – November 7, 2020

Heather Ashworth

The Shaker box is an elegant yet efficient utilitarian box requiring minimal materials and equipment to produce. In this workshop students will make a series of individual and nesting boxes, trays and carriers. During class students will discover a variety of finishes including milk paint as a traditional Shakers finish and other options for more natural ones. Techniques and skills presented will include a brief history of Shaker boxes, preparation of bands for a successful bend, intricacies of proper bending, the process of building a box onto itself, and basic tool skills and finishing techniques. Open to all skill levels.


Heather Ashworth is head technician of the Wood Studios at Arrowmont. She received her BFA in Furniture Design and Utilitarian Ceramics at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. Ashworth has been in the woodworking world since high school, where she was originally interested in architecture and construction. By her senior year, she attended a trade school in St. Louis, Missouri where she developed more furniture-based skills.

Heather Ashworth

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

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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 2020. 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 of deposit.


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