Community & Culture

Oval Box Workshop

Expand your woodworking skills and learn how to make nesting oval boxes with Jerry Grant and Boyd Hutchison! In two days, you will be able to create 5 oval boxes which will be yours to keep. 

Jerry Grant, the museum’s Director of Collections and Research, will present the history of the Shaker oval box industry and show you how to identify Shaker boxes. Cabinetmaker Boyd Hutchison will lead a hands-on workshop in which you will have the opportunity to examine boxes from the Shaker Museum collection and create a nesting set of 5 cherry boxes of your own. All materials will be supplied. 

Please note that this workshop has limited capacity. Cost is $425 for non-members, and $350 for members. 


Sep 22, 2019, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

New Lebanon, NY 12125

518-794-9100 x220

Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon holds the world’s most comprehensive collection of Shaker objects, archives, and books, and stewards the historic North Family site at Mount Lebanon, the founding community of the Shakers. The Shaker Museum was founded in 1950 by John S. Williams, Sr. on his farm in Old Chatham, New York. Beginning in the 1930s, Williams traveled extensively to then-active Shaker communities and collected examples of their arts, industries, and domestic life, as well as spiritual artifacts. His approach was that of an anthropologist documenting the decline of a culture. Today the museum’s collection is a prime resource for scholars and curators. In 2004, the museum became the owner and steward of the North Family site at Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, consisting of 11 Shaker buildings on 91 acres, and the museum’s name was changed from Shaker Museum & Library to Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon. The Mount Lebanon site is open year-round, with a visitor center and shop open seasonally. The Old Chatham site, which houses collections storage, the library, and the administrative offices, is open year-round by appointment.