Shaker Oval Music Box

A simple gift for the holidays.
By John Wilson
Pages: 74-79

From the November 2007 issue #165
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Two Shaker accomplishments were prolific song writing (there are more than 10,000 extant songs) and gracefully fingered oval boxes. This music box combines both. The song “Simple Gifts” is familiar to many from Aaron Copeland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

Shaker oval boxes were featured in the August 2003 issue (#135). A set of five nesting boxes was described there, and for those familiar with that set, this music box is the next-to-smallest size, called a #1.

Making this particular oval box project has been simplified so that fewer wooden forms are needed to get it done. It is expected that first-time box makers will find this helpful. Certainly there is more than one way of  doing things, and those familiar with alternatives should choose what suits you best.

From the November 2007 issue #165
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