Kentucky Tourism

Bondurant, Will

Berea, KY


Shaker-style boxes & trays

Will Bondurant has worked with wood since his first high school “manual arts” or “shop” class. He went on to major in Industrial Education at Murray State University and then taught woodworking at the high school level for 20 years, eventually becoming a Principal.


Will states that he has always loved wood and takes great satisfaction when transforming a raw piece of wood into something useful and beautiful. His favorite wood is cherry, followed by walnut and maple.


The Shakers created these oval boxes for utilitarian purposes and they were made in progressive sizes to both nest and stack. These boxes were used for food items, seeds, sewing accessories, tacks and many other everyday items.


The Shaker boxes that Will makes are for both functional and decorative use. The Shakers produced oval boxes with uniformly slender sides, symmetrical joints, and neat tight fitting lids. Will’s handmade Shaker boxes are made in the same fashion as the mid-19th Century Shakers of Pleasant Hill Shaker Village near Harrodsburg, KY. Will continues the traditional use of copper tacks and wooden pegs in the assembly process. No glue is used an as in the Shaker tradition, the interiors of the boxes do not have a finish applied.


Works by Will Bondurant can be found at the  Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.