October News from the Shop

October 01, 2020 24 Comments

Shaker Carrier, LeHay's Shaker Boxes

Greetings, my name is Trish. I’m going to be blogging for Rob so that he can continue to focus his time, talents, and energy on creating Shaker boxes and carriers.

We are enjoying a beautiful, mild autumn so far here in Embden, Maine. The trees are turning rusty reds, golds, and oranges. The days are crisp and refreshing.

Shaker Carrier, LeHay's Shaker Boxes
#0 Carrier in color gray overlooking Embden Pond
Rob is busy in the shop getting boxes and carriers ready to fulfill the next round of orders and as always, he will list several on Etsy.
Rob LeHay, LeHay's Shaker Boxes

Rob with #10 & #12 boxes, ready for the finishing touches

There are several steps (an astonishing number actually) to making these boxes and carriers. Each month I will feature a few steps in the process. It just so happens that Rob recently completed the first handful of steps.

Offloading Maple Logs for Shaker Boxes, LeHay's Shaker Boxes

Finding the perfect maple and pine logs. These logs will be milled into boards that are 1/8” thick for the maple bands and 3/8” thick for the pine tops and bottoms.

Sawing logs for Lehay's Shaker Boxes

The talented sawyer, Dave quartersaws this huge pine log down to 3/8” thick boards. Many, many, many boards.

Drying lumber for LeHay's Shaker Boxes

Stacking the lumber in the dry kiln. Rob just received a fresh load of maple and pine which is drying now. These will be next year’s boxes!

I realize it’s a little early but I wanted to let everyone know that November’s Etsy will bring #10 and #12 boxes in color Antique Natural, #0 and #1 carriers in various colors and several other items just in time for the holidays! 

If you have a LeHay’s Shaker Box and would like to share a photo with us (possibly for future blog post!), we’d love that. See you next month and as always thank you for supporting small business!!

Fun Facts

Did you know….. the Shakers numbered more than just their boxes. They numbered rooms in their houses (!) to help keep domestic life in order. They also numbered the chairs they made. Interestingly, the chairs were numbered 0 (smallest) to 7 (largest) but the boxes were the opposite being numbered 1 (largest) to 11 (smallest). At some point in time, the numbering of the boxes was changed so that the smallest number coincided with the smallest box and upward from there which is how they are numbered today. *

*Information taken from Shaker Museum, Mount Lebanon: www.shakerml.wordpress.com




24 Responses

Sue
Sue

October 05, 2020

I bought 2boxes and put 2 of my crossstitch pieces on them and gave to my girls they just loved them

Anne Marie Carr
Anne Marie Carr

October 02, 2020

I am “on the list” for a couple of items once you are able to catch up. I would love to hear more about how stitchers use your products – what designs fit what boxes and how they use your trays for their tools. Looking forward to supporting such a quality product!

Julie Johnston
Julie Johnston

October 02, 2020

I was first introduced to Rob from his parents at the Better Living Building in West Springfield. They made furniture and had boxes there as well. I am so happy for his success and so looking forward in these blogs and doing business as well. Hope parents are still in his life and love them and miss seeing them over the years. Such a wonderful family,

LaNelle
LaNelle

October 02, 2020

Love reading the blog! Welcome Trish, look forward to more 😁🌻

Debbie
Debbie

October 01, 2020

I had no idea that somewhere along the way the box sizes reversed. Very interesting! Thanks for keeping us informed!

Audrey D.
Audrey D.

October 01, 2020

Love hearing the process of how the boxes are made and am looking forward to receiving future copies of the blog.

Midge Kwiatkowski
Midge Kwiatkowski

October 01, 2020

Love your blog. Great information. I just ordered two items for Rob and can’t wait to get them. His work is amazing.

Pam McCarthy
Pam McCarthy

October 01, 2020

Loved your blog and the information about how the boxes are made. I have a complete stack of boxes that I enjoy and use for storing my cross stitch.

Brenda
Brenda

October 01, 2020

I enjoyed reading your first blog and seeing how your wonderful artwork begins. The Shakers have always interested me.

Darlene Barzak
Darlene Barzak

October 01, 2020

I really liked having this post to read & pics to enjoy! I had no idea the #10 & #12 boxes are so grand. Looking forward to future updates :))

Nell
Nell

October 01, 2020

So glad to see this new feature to keep us all updated. I have enjoyed all of the items I have ordered. Robert is great to work with and his items are beautiful. Can’t wait to order a new piece.

Karen
Karen

October 01, 2020

How wonderful to receive this newsletter! I look forward to learning more from these postings and in supporting your efforts.

Thank you so very much

Lisa S
Lisa S

October 01, 2020

I have a couple of his trays. I love them. I will be looking for new stock in his etsy shop. Such quality work and beautiful products.

Patricia Mcdonald
Patricia Mcdonald

October 01, 2020

Thank you for these interesting facts. It was my intention to visit this year ( from Australia ) but COVID got in the way, hopefully next year. Best wishes .

Peggi Anneken
Peggi Anneken

October 01, 2020

I just love your work! I am so glad to read your new blog. Always want to add to my collection!!! Thanks for the invite. Peggi

Sharon Ernst
Sharon Ernst

October 01, 2020

Thank you, Trish! I will look forward to your blog posts! I always love learning about wood! 😊

Dan
Dan

October 01, 2020

Looking forward to visiting your site. Good read. Dan

Phyllis
Phyllis

October 01, 2020

Congratulations! I look forward to your future blogs posts! I’ve purchased a few beautiful pieces at the Ridgefield, CT and I love them (still)!

Janis L Stoker
Janis L Stoker

October 01, 2020

Lovely blog and great pictures and information. A future post might include Shaker history. I’m on the left coast, so I know of the Shakers, but not so much the details. Thanks!

Mary V
Mary V

October 01, 2020

So happy that Rob has a blog, looking forward to seeing new items, Good job Trish.

Lynn Koop Rodby
Lynn Koop Rodby

October 01, 2020

I am pleased with each box I have purchased! This blog and updates is enjoyable and interesting to get info on these boxes and the craftsman!

Susan Barnhorst
Susan Barnhorst

October 01, 2020

What a treat to get the blog. Love the wood information. You rock, Trish!

Lorraine Schroth
Lorraine Schroth

October 01, 2020

I love all of the items he makes. He is truly one talented man !

I am also looking forward to reading your newsletter every month.

Best of luck to you !

Rob
Rob

October 01, 2020

Great job on the first post and thank you for the help Trish – it’s greatly appreciated!

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