Spencer, Richard A.

Wood -  Boxmaker

Traditional Shaker Oval Boxes, Trays & Carriers
from native woods of Cherry, Maple, Walnut and some exotic veneers.

Richard A. Spencer, Boxmaker
I am a retired healthcare executive, who found the joy of working with wood a number of years ago. I took classes at the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in October 2000 with John Wilson & John Kellogg. The feel of the wood and simplicity of the design and its elements just captured my attention.

I’m into my ninth year of making boxes, I find it relaxing and most interesting, from the hand cutting of the “finger” or “Swallowtail” joints, to the bending of the wood and the way it feels when it finely sanded and finished.
The Shaker‘s are a simple people with some great designs and engineering behind their handicrafts, which I enjoy duplicating.

I have BHS, from University of Louisville in Nuclear Medicine Technology, and a MA from Webster University in St. Louis in Healthcare Management. I have many certifications for these studies, and in my under graduate work as a business minor, I was the only person in the 2D and 3D design class studying with Alma Wallace Lesch that would be wearing a suit to class.

Come feel the wood and enjoy the simplicity of the design.