Build a Spice Chest with Steve Latta (7 Days) July 23-29, 2022
Spice boxes were popular among the Quakers of the Delaware Valley during the late 17th and throughout the 18th centuries. The boxes, fitted in the interior with banks of small drawers, were often displayed in the public rooms of homes, functioning as both a repository for small valuables and as a symbol of the family’s prosperity. The cases were most often made of walnut with inlay consisting of holly and red cedar set into the surface for contrast. In this class, students will get their boxes well under way and cover all of the steps necessary to complete their heirloom at home. It may be a small in size, a mere 21 inches in height, but it has all the complexity of a full chest of drawers complete with a dovetailed case and drawers, partitions, molding and bracket feet.