Oval Box Making
October 14 - October 15
$255.00 – $275.00
Shaker Oval Box Making Workshop
Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15, 2023
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Learn how to make your own nest of Shaker oval boxes in our Shaker Oval Box Making Workshop. Guided by box maker Eric Pintar of The Home Shop in Charlotte, Michigan, you will make five (5) Shaker Oval Nesting Boxes, from Pennsylvania cherry wood. The class will focus on preparing the wood, cutting swallowtail fingers, steam bending the sides and rims, and applying a hand rubbed finish. These iconic Shaker oval boxes are made with copper tacks and wooden pegs using the same techniques practiced by the Shaker brothers in their workshops.
No previous woodworking experience necessary. Beginners are welcome!
All tools and materials supplied. Participants should bring a bag lunch each day.
Museum Member – $255/person
Non-Member – $275/person
Class size is limited to 12. Advance registration is required.
Coming from a distance? Why not stay over in the Great Stone Dwelling, click here for room rates and reservations.
Want to know more about Eric Pintar?
The Home Shop, under the leadership of John Wilson, has taught the craft of Shaker oval box making for more than thirty years. Eric Pintar has worked at The Home Shop for 28 years. He began there as a shop assistant when he was 16. In 2004, Eric became an equal partner in The Home Shop with John Wilson. Since the start of the pandemic Eric has had lead responsibility for the output of The Home Shop including the teaching of Shaker oval box classes.
John Wilson retired fully from the business in December 2022, leaving Eric Pintar, his long-time employee and partner, in charge. Sadly, in January of 2023 John Wilson passed away at the age of 83, leaving Eric Pintar to carry on his legacy of teaching woodworkers of all levels of experience the joy of oval box making.