What is Shaker Style Wooden Furniture?
Shaker Style Wooden Furniture is dated back to the time of the American Revolutionary War. The Shakers, a sect of the Quakers, came to America from England, escaping religious turmoil. The early Shakers crafted for their religious gatherings. As a result their made their Shaker furniture with a simple design.
Above all, Shaker craftsmen built furniture that reflected their devotion to simplicity, practicality and integrity. As well as their strong work ethic. Amish artisans today keep alive the dedication to quality construction that the original Shaker craftsmen embraced. Most noteworthy, Shaker style furniture has remained virtually unchanged since the 19th century.
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Specialty Home Furnishings
The Amish Shaker Hill Wine Buffet
Wine racks are a specialty home furnishing that beautifully blends practical function with a sense of style. Wine storage is as important as wine display. The Amish Shaker Hill Wine Buffet, pictured below, is expertly-crafted with this in mind.
Featuring classic Shaker accents like flared feet, a gently arched base, and wood knob hardware, as well as unique design features like inset hardware, the Shaker Hill Wine Buffet boasts a beauty that is at once traditional, modern and timeless.
In addition to a beautiful design, this wine buffet boasts dynamic storage space. Including a stemware rack holder in the top section and a sturdy wine rack. As an alternative design, the stemware rack can be moved inside a door with a pull-out drawer, pictured below.
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Shaker Style furniture had its humble beginnings in the pious Shaker religious community in the northeastern region of the United States. Since then, Shaker-style furniture has grown in popularity. And, today, its iconic design features have become part of the world of wood furniture. Since the 19th Century, countless furniture styles have come and gone. But Shaker furniture remains virtually unchanged. In fact, it’s more popular today than ever before.
So what accounts for Shaker’s timeless appeal? The answer is simple: the Shaker style charms furniture lovers with its graceful blend of function, style, and durability.
The Shaker design is functional. You won’t find exaggerated curves, superfluous panels or intricately-carved accents. Rather, Shaker furniture focuses on a stately design that emphasizes practicality and comfort.
The Shaker design is stylish. Subtle curves and straight angles converge in a design that’s both solid and graceful. In fact, the Shaker look is graceful enough to blend in with any high-end home decor. Yet, it’s humble enough to meld with mix-and-match furnishings. So the Shaker style is versatile. Truth be told, the Shaker and Mission styles have become the iconic face of American furniture today.
Also, the Shaker design is durable. The original Shaker craftsmen built solid wood chairs. And these basic, well-crafted chairs provided comfortable, durable seating for their large religious gatherings. Also, this sturdy construction results in pieces that are destined to become treasured heirlooms. And today, Amish artisans keep alive the dedication to quality construction that the original Shaker craftsmen embraced. Paradoxically enough, today’s Amish craftsmen use traditional woodworking techniques handed down from their Anabaptist ancestors in Switzerland and Germany.
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Are you a long-time furniture-enthusiast or a novice in the world of wood furniture? Either way, you can instantly recognize the beauty of Shaker-style furniture. To learn more, visit Brandenberry Amish Furniture in Shipshewana, Indiana. And see for yourself the vast collection of Shaker-style furniture.
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Shaker Amish Furniture
Shaker Amish Furniture traces its origins back to the time of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). A sect of the Quakers known as the “Shakers” escaped the religious turmoil of their native England. Therefore settling in close-knit, self-sufficient communities along the Eastern seaboard.
Early Shaker furniture construction began as a necessity to accommodate large worship gatherings. The Shaker ethics of simplicity, practicality, and integrity influenced the construction process. Above all, pinewood was used for its lightweight and affordability. Furthermore, innovative joinery increased durability. Finally, curved wood slats provided comfort.
Above all Shaker furniture boasts a one-of-a-kind beauty. As a result, 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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Shaker Home Furniture
What can be said about Shaker Home Furniture that has not already been said? Its simple elegance is renowned, its appeal is timeless and its history is rich. Yet while the appreciation of Shaker Furniture has remained steady through generations, where can one find authentic Shaker Furniture?
Luckily Amish-owned and operated retailers continue to offer authentic Shaker style pieces crafted by expert artisans using traditional woodworking methods. Often, these retailers will work hand-in-hand with customers. From the initial stages of design through wood and stain selection to the final design features. Therefore ensuring complete satisfaction. Such retailers maintain a vital connection to the original spirit of style and craftsmanship that has made Shaker furniture so popular.
Today, Shaker furniture has adapted with the changing tastes of public appeal and now encompasses a broad variety of styles and designs, from modern to traditional, simple to ornate, but each true to the one-of-a-kind, original Shaker style. The Shaker Hill Occasional Table Collection (pictured above) features the timeless Shaker style and beautiful wood construction.
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Shaker Furniture: Three Shaker Style Pieces
Above all Shaker furniture enjoys a long-standing tradition as one of the definitive styles of solid wood furniture. Along with Mission furniture, Shaker furniture boasts a distinct style and a rich history. As a result here are three Shaker Style Pieces that illustrate the Shaker difference — Shaker Furniture: Three Shaker Style Pieces.
In a previous post, we discussed the origins of Shaker furniture. This included the cultural context, gradual development and popularity growth of the Shaker style. Here, we will simply examine a few of the classic Shaker styles:
- 48 inch Shaker Jewelry Armoire – Featuring tapered legs, round wood knob hardware and a light finish (all classic Shaker accents). As a result, this jewelry armoire boasts a timeless beauty
- Shaker Collection Pencil Post Bed – A simple, clean design marks this traditional Shaker bed. Therefore boasting beautifully-crafted posts and a sleek finish
- Shaker Hill Hutch – Featuring tapered feet, touch lighting, inset hardware, and wood paneling. Therefore making this hutch a distinctly elegant Shaker piece
To see more Shaker furniture, visit Brandenberry Amish Furniture. Here you can view our wide selection of Amish-crafted furnishings~
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Shaking Things Up with Shaker Furniture
Shaker Wine Hoosier Hutch
The traditional Shaker style has remained in demand for so long that calling it “traditional” hardly seems right. Rather, its simple beauty and elegant design remain fresh year after year, decade after decade, providing a constant way to shake things up at home and bring new life into the home.
The Shaker Wine Hoosier Hutch, pictured here, boasts the classic Shaker style that has charmed people for over a century and features striking two-tone construction. With traces of the “country-style”, this Hoosier hutch beautifully-blends elegance and down-home design. A charming wine rack and a stemware rack, touch lighting and wood mullions accent this piece. While a pull-out serving tray serves a practical function.
This piece is also available with a huge selection of custom options! Be sure to check out more dining hutches at Brandenberry Amish Furniture and see why Amish-crafted furniture is something special!
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The Story of Shaker Furniture
Ever wonder what the Story of Shaker Furniture is? From its genesis among the tightly-knit religious community known as the “Shakers”, Shaker furniture has continued to capture the imaginations of furniture lovers around the world. The Shakers migrated to the United States of America following religious tension in their European home. Bringing with them prodigious woodworking skills and ethics of integrity, hard work and practicality, the Shaker’s soon earned a reputation for their industry.
Originally crafted for Shaker religious gatherings. Shaker furniture is known for its simple design. As well as its graceful style and durable hand-craftsmanship. Skilled Amish artisans still craft the traditional way by using natural hardwoods.
Visit a local Amish furniture retailer. Therefore seeing first-hand what makes Shaker furniture so special.
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Shaker furniture is one of the most distinctive styles among all categories of furniture. So it enjoys great popularity as a trend-setter among modern furniture styles. Yet, within the broader Shaker style, there are various sub-styles. And these include Shaker Hill, Classic Shaker, Superior Shaker, Brooklyn Shaker, and the hybrid Classic/Mission style. So the Shaker style encompasses a broad spectrum of design accents. As a result, it begs the question: What are the Trademarks of Shaker Furniture? Here are a few:
Trademarks of Shaker Furniture
Simplicity. Shaker furniture is marked by a truly simple, functional design.
Gentle Curves. The flared back or curved legs of a dining chair or blanket chest add a touch of elegance to the simple Shaker style.
Knob Hardware. Typically painted black, knob hardware stands out as one of the distinguishing traits of Shaker furniture.
Spindles/Slats. These features are generally more delicate and less muscular (though no less sturdy) than the Mission style.
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So to learn more about Shaker furniture, visit Brandenberry Amish Furniture. Or visit our ‘brick and mortar’ store in Shipshewana, Indiana. And see firsthand what makes the beautiful Shaker style so beautiful. And so desirable.
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Shaker Furniture traces its origins back to the time of the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783). A sect of the Quakers, the ‘Shakers’ came to America to escape the religious turmoil of their native England. The group settled in close-knit, self-sufficient communities along the Eastern seaboard.
What is Shaker Furniture?
The early Shakers began making furniture to accommodate large worship gatherings. But Shaker craftsmen built furniture to reflect their devotion to simplicity, practicality, and integrity. Plus a strong work ethic. As a result, they used pine wood, because of its lightweight and affordability. Also, the Shakers built furniture that was devoid of ‘prideful’ elements. Like inlays, carvings, metal pulls or veneers.
In the 1860s, the New Lebanon Shaker community in New York State began producing chairs with the ‘ladder’ back or turned post chairs. Due to the basic design and woven seats, builders could produce the chairs quickly.
Shaker Style Becomes Popular
Soon, people began to take note of the simplistic, elegant designs of Shaker furniture. And began requesting furnishings of their own. The Shaker style grew in popularity. And eventually, it became an iconic contribution to the world of American furniture. In fact, popular forms of Shaker furniture today include Shaker cabinets, tables, chairs, rocking chairs and more.
Wide Selection of Shaker Furniture at Brandenberry
Brandenberry Amish Furniture offers a huge selection of Shaker furniture — for every room in your home. But Shaker furniture from Brandenberry is different from what you’ll find in most popular chain furniture stores. This is because skilled Amish artisans painstakingly craft each item of Shaker furniture. Plus, the Amish men use solid hardwoods along with old-world construction techniques.
Visit Brandenberry Amish Furniture in Shipshewana, Indiana, and see, touch and experience Shaker furniture for yourself.