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March 31, 2014




For as long as he can remember, Tim Arnold has been wowed by wood. But it wasn’t until Arnold visited the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY, that he found his calling – and a new career.

As a student of master woodworker John Wilson, Arnold learned how to make the iconic oval boxes, a staple in every Shaker household. Then he headed home to Nashville.

Thirteen years ago, Arnold started Sawdust Company. The Vanderbilt grad and former Marine first began crafting and selling his Shaker boxes in his garage. Later, he built a workshop on the back of his family’s property.

Fast forward to today, and the Nashville native is still doing what he loves: putting his passion for the simple Shaker design into every wooden box he creates.

While his best seller is a sewing box ($150, below), Arnold offers boxes with lids or fixed-handle baskets or carriers. Prices range from $20 to $1,000, depending on the size.

Arnold favors Maple or Black American Cherry for the body of the boxes. For the lids, he uses exotic woods or copper. For more, check








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