Elements of the Shaker Style
Chris Becksvoort reveals authentic details that will help you stay true to the form
Synopsis: When Christian Becksvoort discovered Shaker furniture in college, he immediately fell for its simplicity and plainness, for its form-follows-function approach. A few years later, he took a job reconstructing furniture for the Shakers. Today he makes much of his furniture in the Shaker style. In this richly illustrated article, he describes Shaker-style crown moldings, door frames and panels, drawers, knobs, tabletop edges, and legs and turnings.
Woodworking masters Jere Osgood, Sam Maloof and George Nakashima each evolved a style and explored it to its ultimate conclusion, and to hell with what was in vogue. The Shakers did the same thing, continually refining their idiom until they approached perfection, without regard to the latest trend. They developed a style of furniture that blends well and fits comfortable in any type of house. The Shakers went out of their way to eschew fashion: The result is timelessness.
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