“Elder Joseph” Hand-Turned Honey Dipper
Hand turned of rock maple from our tree “Elder Joseph” by our friend Peter Asselyn of Durham, Maine. 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 to turn into bowls and honey dippers.