Building Simple Shaker Crafts, with Bobby Ives and Mike Stevens: July 26 – 30, 2021


Class tuition:

  • Early Bird Tuition (if paid in full by May 1):  $725
  • Standard Tuition (after May 1):  $800
  • Materials:  $75
  • Lodging Sunday night through Saturday morning:  $450
  • Lodging for Additional Family Member:  $300
  • Non-refundable Deposit to register:  $175, or $225 with Lodging
  • Balance due 30 days before start of class

This class will introduce new and returning woodworkers to basic hand tools and some machinery. Each student will build two Shaker oval boxes and one three-tread stepstool to take home. We will demonstrate different forms of joinery, including dove tail and swallow tail oval box joints. We’ll also explore both wood technology and Shaker craft history. The aim of the class is to gain a deeper understanding of woodworking, Shaker tradition, and one another.

About Bobby Ives (he/him) and Mike Stevens (he/him)

Bobby is a boatbuilder, minister, and co-founder of the Carpenter’s Boat Shop. Currently, his roles include grandpa, sailer, volunteer, and beloved community member, among many others. This class combines several of his favorite passions: working with wood, history, and storytelling.

Mike Stevens, a retired minister, loves to build and repair furniture in his home workshop. A former boatbuilding apprentice and long-time board member, Mike is currently an active volunteer at the Carpenter’s Boat Shop.

COVID-19 Protocols:

To attend this class, please show proof of vaccination when paying your balance due (30 days before class start) and be prepared to comply with any current Maine requirements about traveling from out of state.  Everyone will also be expected to wear masks indoors and abide by a set of COVID protocols which will be sent out at least two weeks before the class.  Thank you for doing your part to keep all of us well!


We can provide you with single-occupancy rooms in our renovated 18th century farmhouse, with a shared bathroom and access to our kitchen.  The farmhouse property abuts 100 acres of nature preserve with several miles of wooded and riverside trails.  We are a ten-minute drive from harborside dining in a small fishing village, and fifteen minutes away from many more options in Damariscotta.

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