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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Penns Creek Pottery Open House
November 9th from 10-6

I will be conducting a wood bending demonstration all day. If you are interested in how the side bands are bent for The Shaker Boxes, be sure to stop by.

While you are there, enjoy some wonderful food prepared by Sharon, Wendy and Jane. Also, sample the great wines from Shade Mountain Vineyard and Winery.

This year has been a challenge for Bill and Sharon Lynch, owners of Penns Creek Pottery. Following a fire, caused by a lightening strike, they restored the mill once again. They have done a great job and the mill looks just as beautiful.

“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.”

Steve Strouse

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

Gallery Shop
824 Pike St.
Lemont, PA 16851
814-867-0442
The Gallery Shop

Penns Creek Pottery
30 Pottery Lane
Mifflinburg, PA 17844
Just South of Mifflinburg on Route 104
Penns Creek Pottery

Aisling Yarns
Yarn and sewing boxes can be purchased directly from Aisling Yarns
Aisling Yarns
Aisling Yarns ONLINE SHOP
Aisling Yarns SHOW SCHEDULE

THE TREES

Centre County Grange Fairgrounds – Centre Hall, PA

Centre County Grange Fairgrounds – Centre Hall, PA

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...

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The Elms – University Park, PA

The Elms – University Park, PA

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....

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The Majestic Courthouse Maples – Bellefonte, PA

The Majestic Courthouse Maples – Bellefonte, PA

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...

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