The Maker’s Table: Jeffrey Neil
October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm$5
The Southern Highland Craft Guild presents, The Maker’s Table, a monthly program where Blowing Rock Art & History Museum invites visitors to spend an evening with a master maker while they share the ins and outs of their craft.
In this talk “Shaker Oval Boxes – Form, Function and Fabrication” and “Quilting with Wood,” Jeffrey will share the features and forms of Shaker boxes, and also show how he incorporates American quilt blocks with his pieces.
About the Speaker:
Since early retirement from engineering, my woodworking has gone from part-time to full-time with a focus on making various jewelry and heirloom boxes. In recent years, I’ve begun to incorporate quilt patterns into many of my boxes with the shape of the box being inspired by the quilt block name.
I also enjoy crafting bent-wood oval Shaker boxes. While many of my heirloom boxes have over 100 pieces in their construction, oval Shaker boxes have only 4 pieces. I use cherry, walnut, sycamore, birds eye maple and curly maple woods for the Shaker box sides. Additionally, I add traditional American quilt blocks on the lids of many of my Shaker boxes using wood veneers.
I am a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and sell my work through their shops. My boxes have been selected for inclusion in three Best of Tennessee Craft exhibits. One of those boxes was purchased by the Tennessee State Museum for its collection. Additionally, I am a member of Holston Mountain Artisans in Abingdon, VA. My work can also be found in the HMA shop, as well as the Birthplace of Country Music Museum Gift Shop in Bristol, VA.