I, SHAKER BOX, Part 1
Of course I begin my life as a tree, that much is no surprise. What most
people don’t know are the processes that give me an ovaltine shape and
understated (forgive me if I brag a bit!) beauty. My sides are sliced, or
sawed, into thin strips from wood, creating a veneer that allows me to flex
somewhat. My maker thinks I’m not presentable as I am so he takes some
medium 180 grit sandpaper and rakes me over carefully following my grain
pattern. Next, the 220 grit sandpaper smooths me a little more. The fingers
come next, with an Exacto knife they are cut and beveled and drilled to
ease entry of the copper tacks that will clinch and hold me fast.
My real bending ability comes from being boiled in water and steamed for
20 minutes of so. Kind of like a sauna for wood. My lignan, which are
of like muscles, are then pliable enough to be bent to the distinctive
elliptical shape that give me charming character.
My human maker, who doesn’t wear often, will sometimes utter an
expletive deleted when I have a deformity in my grain and split so I can’t
be used. A little compassion would be nice!
little rest and relaxation for a couple of days to dry out and I am ready for
my top and bottom. Stay tuned for I, Shaker Box, Part 2 as I describe my
final assembly on the journey to becoming a Shaker Box. You can purchase
my finished self or others like me at the Shaker Box Shop here: