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Wooden Cutting Board -Leaf
Handmade by Maine custom cabinetmaker John Nichols of Farmington, ME, this cutting board has been carefully designed as a functional kitchen heirloom. Made of domestic and exotic hardwoods with all-natural colors and sealed with mineral oil. Whimsical leaf pattern with a 'vein' of purple wood running through it. Measures approximately 18" x 9" x 0.5". You will receive the exact cutting board pictured here. Clean with a damp cloth; eliminate odors with a course salt and lemon juice rub. Reseal occasionally with mineral oil to preserve luster and water repellent surface.
An Honorable Harvest
An Honorable Harvest: Shakers and the Natural World by Dr. Carl Benton Straub A 166 page soft covered book on the story of how religious movements initiated in Europe became American through taking seriously the land. In the Shaker ways of looking at the world, there is a basic religious unity between what is going on in history - "in the course of human events" - and what is at work in nature. The essential Shaker response to the land and the varied communities of life entwined with the land - wild and domestic - is the translation through interpretation and labor of nature's variables into patterns of meaning which reflect Shaker interest in religious community. Shaker Press, 2009. Soft covered, 166 pages.
Color the Natural World
Color the Natural World: A Timber Press Coloring Book By Zoe Keller A coloring book for all ages! In the whimsical pages of Color the Natural World you can wander from temperate forests and oceans to deserts and prairies. You’ll meet a host of intricately-drawn animals and birds, like the northern pygmy-owl of the Pacific Northwest forest, a fox from the Great Plains, and the California gull. And you’ll encounter a fun mix of bugs, fish, and plants, like the sea urchins found in the Pacific coast, the cacti of the deserts in the Southwest, and a family of Monarch butterflies. Along the way you’ll discover the mindfulness and joy that comes through creativity. Grab your markers, crayons, & colored pencils and get ready to take a journey through the natural world! Paperback, 96 pages, 50 illustrations, black and white photos. 9" x 9". Timber Press
Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog
Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog. Trained naturalist and birdwatcher Carol Beyna will lead groups to the fascinating habitats of the Shaker Bog. The bog was originally built by the Shakers in 1816 as a reservoir to power their mills, but today, this 150-acre wetland has become a diverse ecosystem; the feeding ground of moose, the home of beaver, mink, fischer, fox and an occasional black bear. The combination of woodland and wetland provides an ideal habitat for a wide variety of songbirds, game fowl, woodpeckers and more. Learn to beckon chickadees, nuthatches and other small birds. Possible sighting also include pileated woodpeckers, loons, ducks, Canada geese, and hawks. This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 2-hour, moderate trail walk in the woods. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Tour size limited to 12. Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 8am-10am Free but pre-registration is required.
Eco Printing Workshop
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9am–4pm Since the 1790s, the Shakers have been inspired by many elements of the natural world. Record your visit to the Shaker Village by printing our plants on fabric! Local instructor and fiber artist Mary DeLano will teach you the art and craft of Eco-printing; a process where plant materials are placed on specially treated fabric and then steamed to release the pigments in the plants, leaving realistic prints of the plants on the fabric. Participants will learn about which plants print reliably and will have a chance to experiment with other plants and to gather their own plants on the grounds of Shaker Village. Students will take home eight printed pieces of fabric, including one silk scarf. All materials will be supplied. Class size: 15 Consider also taking the Embroidered Eco-Print workshop in September to further enhance your finished scarf! Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
Nature’s Outdoor Classroom
Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village. The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management. This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Scheduled dates for Nature’s Outdoor Classroom are: Saturday June 10, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday July 22, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday August 19, 2017: 10:30 am & 2pm Saturday September 16, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday October 7, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.