Make a Shaker box

Monday 26 October 2020


To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected].

The course

This is a one day course during which you will learn how to make a beautiful oval Shaker Box. Along the way you will learn something about Shaker designs and communities. No previous woodworking experience is needed. You will be supported step by step through the box making process, learning traditional Shaker techniques including bending wood in hot water, crafting the iconic swallow tail joint and securing bands and bases with tiny copper tacks and wooden pins, without using any glue.

The tutor

Murray Marks has been making Shaker wares since 2003. Having started by teaching himself he then went to the USA to develop his skills with John Wilson, a master Shaker Box maker. Murray has taught in a number of adult education venues and also runs courses at the Rum’s Eg gallery in Romsey.  In 2015/16 he gave two master classes at the Institute of Making (part of UCL) in London. Murray very much enjoys teaching and passing on the traditional skills associated with Shaker craftsmanship.

Participant information

Participants should bring an apron. All materials and tools will be provided.

Ensure you wear suitable clothing including sturdy footwear. It is advisable to wear layers as the Gridshell can be cool.


£80 per person, to include tuition, materials, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.


Please read our terms and conditions before booking.