“Elder Joseph” Hand-turned Maple Bowls


In 1898, the Shakers planted a maple tree to honor the life of Elder Joseph Brackett (1797-1882) who is perhaps best-known as the composer in 1848 of the famous Shaker song, Simple Gifts.   This monumental maple tree stood in the middle of Shaker Village for 116-years before it had to be removed.  The wood from each limb was carefully cut and set aside for friend Peter Asselyn of Durham, Maine, who has hand-turned dozens of beautiful bowls in various sizes to memorialize “Elder Joseph”, both the man and the tree.

Highly-limited supply subject to availability.

  • 7” diameter   $40 Sold Out
  • 8” diameter  $60 Sold Out
  • 9″ diameter $70 Sold Out
  • 10” diameter $80 Sold Out
  • 11” diameter $140  Sold Out
  • 12″ diameter $160
  • 14″ diameter $200 Sold Out
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