John makes these shaker boxes the traditional way, painstakingly handcrafting them from various woods. After cutting the thin wood strips for the sides and carving the 3-pronged edge, John steams the strips, hand-bends them around wooden shaping molds (which he also made) and fastens them on the sides with copper tacks. He uses wooden pegs to attach the sides to the tops and bottoms. Absolutely NO kits are used in making these boxes.
The name of the boxes comes from the Shakers, a religious sect that followed a doctrine of celibacy, and so relied on outside recruiting to maintain their numbers. The sect virtually disappeared after the Civil War, and today there are just a handful living in Sabbathday Lake, Maine.