The Shaker Legacy: Perspectives on an Enduring Furniture Style

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Taunton Press, 2000 - Antiques & Collectibles - 233 pages
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Solid construction and honest functionality make Shaker furniture one of the most popular and timeless design categories. Based on extensive research and personal experience with the last working Shaker community in Maine, this book traces the roots of Shaker design to Shaker belief, which inspired the clean lines, careful craftsmanship, and signature details that define the style. The author also discusses the less known Victorian period of Shaker design and shows how this style has influenced subsequent ones. A bibliography, glossary, and index are included.

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Christian Becksvoort has been a professional woodworker for 40 years and a FWW contributing editor for 25. "After all these years," he says, "I still work alone. Each piece is designed, laid out, constructed, glued up, sanded, and finished by me." He builds between 20 and 30 pieces each year, and they range from chairs, tables, and chests of drawers to lamps, clocks, and small sleighs. Favorite furniture style? "Shaker, of course." Favorite rock band? "The Cowboy Junkies." nbsp; He is the author of the woodworking classic, the Shaker Legacy (The Taunton Press, 1998).

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