Shaker Nesting Trays

While not traditional, this form echoes the look of iconic Shaker box tops.
By John Wilson
Pages: 66-71

From the December 2008 Issue #173
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I have never seen an oval tray at a Shaker village, but these examples are certainly in the Shaker style. Trays are an extension of a well-known object of Shaker craft (the nesting sets of oval boxes) and possess utility, simplicity and economy of construction. Not much more is needed to qualify for the label “Shaker.”

Just as oval boxes come in a range of sizes, from one that fits the palm of your hand to ones large enough to be furniture, their lids can be made in a similar range of sizes on their own to serve as trays. When made in a set, trays display their nested sizes – something not evident in the closed boxes.

From the December 2008 issue #173
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