Shaker Furniture

January 26th, 2010   by :  

“Put your hands to work and your heart to God”

Shaker Furniture traces its origins back to the time of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). A sect of the Quakers, the “Shakers” escaped the religious turmoil of their native England and settled in close-knit, self-sufficient communities along the Eastern seaboard.

A Shaker style dining set

A Shaker style dining set

Early Shaker furniture construction began as a necessity to accommodate large worship gatherings. The Shaker ethics of simplicity, practicality and integrity informed the construction process: pine wood was commonly used for its light weight and affordability, innovative joinery increased durability, and curved wood slats provided comfort.

Shaker furniture boasts a one-of-a-kind beauty. Elegant finials, tapered spindles and curved profiles lend an elegance to each handcrafted piece. Today, Shaker furniture remains in high demand among collectors and casual shoppers.

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