I’ve been to the Hancock Shaker village before. And to my surprise we did not see everything… then and now. But after the most recent visit I came away having seen more than in previous visits.
I was lucky enough to strike up a conversation with Ted, who kindly imparted a crash course on making Shaker boxes. I’m educated and hope to start making boxes soon. It was a random act of kindness on Ted’s part. He saw I was interested. He gave me an A-Z lesson with tips that I will try to remember and carry on. The trip? It was a spontaneous 90 degree turn in our itinerary. Typical, unexpected, fruitful, interesting… some of the best things are found and discovered. I’m not too big on planning.
This was a goof picture based on the ever popular selfies. I simply used Photoshop. Yes, I readily admit to doing this. We each took a shot and I was able to match the images well enough to clone in two people. The interesting thing is that we really were classmates with desks just like this. So this is not New York but it was West Virginia where I grew up. The desks were in a Shaker Village schoolroom. And somehow I remember them being a lot larger. Yes there were inkwells. But there was no ink by the time I attended.
We spent a bit of time in the Berkshires. This was a Shaker farm. The kids had some very pleasant fall outings. We rode bikes around. The kids raked leaves. We looked for a second home here. Real estate price being what they were, we bid on a couple places and eventually but too late the bids were accepted. We changed directions and looked on Long Island.This is the round barn at the Shaker village.