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Shaker chairs ranged in size from 0 to 7, so the No. 3 is at the small end of the scale. However, it makes for a fine dining chair, especially if the room and table are relatively small, too. For comfort, this chair leans back five degrees. The back legs and back slats were steam bent. The seat’s shape was reproportioned slightly from the original.
The back legs’ finials (the Shakers called them pommels) follow a design from the Shaker community in Harvard, MA. The Harvard Shakers cut a scribe line around their finials, also around the back legs at the bottom edge of each back slat.
Made of cherry and finished with three coats of a mixture of tung oil, boiled linseed oil and varnish, hand-rubbed with 0000 steel wool, followed by two coats of hand-rubbed gel varnish.
For comfort, the chair leans back 5 degrees.
The distinctive Harvard finial.
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