Shaker Style boxes and other wooden-ware made utilizing hardwoods salvaged from around Centre County, Pennsylvania. Each piece is handmade by local woodworker, Steve Strouse, and comes with a card telling the story of the tree in which the item was made from.
April 30 – June 1
My woodwork, along with Kim Filkins fused glass, will be on display in the Atrium at the Gallery Shop for the month of May. I will be showing my traditional Shaker boxes made from locally salvaged hardwoods. New for this year will be live edge clocks, also made utilizing local trees. I have been making Shaker boxes from the University Park elm’s since 1995. Some of the elm with defects in the lumber that do not bend well, will be used for clocks. The knots and other defects show the growth pattern and history of the trees.
Martha Stewart Living
I’m honored to have one of my pieces chosen as a recommended Mother’s Day gift by Martha Stewart Living magazine. To see similar pieces check out the yarn and sewing boxes page.
“It is a great privilege to work with historic trees from around Central Pennsylvania and to create pieces that I hope people with ties to the area can really appreciate.”
I look forward to sharing the idea of combining beautiful hardwoods from Central Pennsylvania with the simple elegance of the Shaker-style box. Most pieces are made to measured drawings of actual Shaker boxes, while others are variations using the same oval bands to form useful carriers and trays. Most of the boxes are made with wood salvaged from trees damaged by storm or disease.
Included with each piece is a card sharing the story behind the tree as well as care instructions for that particular piece. Over the years, I have enjoyed the history behind each tree and look forward to sharing this with you.
You can find select pieces at the follow locations
Penns Creek Pottery
30 Pottery Lane
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
Just South of Mifflinburg on Route 104
Penns Creek Pottery
In 2015, I began working with the Fairgrounds to salvage the trees that were being taken down due to disease. Initially, pieces were sold at the Emporium, and in 2018 I began displaying the items in Building 31, along the midway. For the most up to date...read more
I have been using Elm for smaller boxes, letter openers, and pencil boxes. The logs were salvaged from the Penn State University Park campus during the winter storms of 1995 and 1996. Many trees were removed after being severely damaged by the heavy snow....read more
From the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, PA.I have been making the smaller boxes and letter openers from the Courthouse Maple trees.I was shocked to open up the morning paper and find the trees on the Courthouse lawn had been removed to make way...read more