Wood, carving and turning

Make a Shaker sewing box with Murray Marks

Ref: S3D09247


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About this course

Learn how to make a Shaker sewing box in American red cherry with two divided lift out trays. This course builds on skills learnt in the beginners Shaker box making course.

Course Description

You will learn how to make a beautiful Shaker sewing box in American red cherry. The box will have two divided lift out trays. Ideally you will have previous experience in Shaker box making.

You will be taken through the process step by step, learning traditional Shaker techniques including bending wood in hot water, crafting the iconic 'swallow tail' joint, securing the band and bases with copper tacks and tiny wooden pins, all without using any glue. Along the way there will be time to learn something about the Shakers, their communities and their designs. All tools and materials will be provided and a general instruction booklet will be available for you to take home at the end of the course.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials.

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Stout covered footwear is essential in the workshop
  • Notebook and pen


Murray Marks

Murray has crafted Shaker wares since 2003. Largely self taught he further developed his skills with America's master box maker John Wilson. Murray runs courses and displays his work at the Rum's Eg gallery in Romsey and in 2015 and 2016 ran masterclasses at the Institute of Making in London.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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