Best Shaker Chair Sources 2009 from Hancock Village and beyond...

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These dining chairs had short backs ("Low Back") and were my favorite. Look how they fit under the table in this main dining room - Hancock Shaker Village

After over a week of being away, there is so much to share. Where to start? First of all, I want to let you all know that it's officially Art, Crafts & Collections Month here at Apartment Therapy, so to kick things off, I want to highlight a number of pictures I took during the past ten days of Shaker chairs and give you some good sources...

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Main house - Hancock Shaker Village

These are from a visit to a friend's house in the Berkshires and the amazing Shaker village up in Pittsfield, MA. I've been there once before, back in 2006, but I've got a much better camera now.

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Here they are again, this time, with one hanging on the wall - Hancock Shaker Village
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Sara and I really liked this type of webbing, called Hancock Shaker Village
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In one of the bedrooms of the main house, you can see two taller chairs and a tall rocker - Hancock Shaker Village
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This bench was in the village museum, and was absolutely beautiful. Look at the deep seat, the low profile and the marking on the seat. This could have easily doubled as a bed - Hancock Shaker Village
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Detail - Hancock Shaker Village
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A lovely pic of a typical tall ladder back chair - Shaker House
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Tall stool - Shaker House
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Dining room with large collection of small scale, original Shaker chairs. Perfect and comfortable, the small scale allows for many to get tight around the table. Most Shaker chairs that you see nowadays are what they call a #5 (see background), which means they are significantly bigger. We think these would be a #4. Also note the woven back and seat. They did not use the typical checkerboard pattern, but wove a much more interesting off weave pattern. - Shaker House

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Small Dining Chair with woven back (37h back x 18h seat, 17w seat front x 14w seat back x 13.5 deep) - Shaker House

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Antique rocker - Shaker House
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New Ladder Back chairs against red table woven in blue and white - Shaker House
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Antique chairs, rocker and high back - Shaker House
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Low Webbed Back Rocker (35h seat back x 26d front to back of feet, 17w seat front x 15w seat back x 15deep) - Shaker House

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Webbing patterns change dramatically with differing colors and arrangements. The chairs in the back here are new and the one in the foreground is old - Shaker House

>> HancockShakerVillage.org in Pittsfield, MA
>> House Tour: Shaker House in Berkshires
>> Shaker Scale: Table & Chairs

Good New Shaker Chair Sources:

Shaker Workshops in Ashburnham, MA
S. Timberlake & Company of Bethel, ME
Shaker Furniture of Goshen, IN
ShakerStyle.com
Shaker View Furniture of Oxford, ME
Shaker Furniture by Vermont Woodworkers

Previous Hancock Village Posts:

Look! Shaker Organization in Hancock Village by Sarah Coffey
Look! Shaker Peg Rails in Hancock Village by Maxwell
Color Combo: Shaker Yellow with Natural Wood by Sarah Coffey
Look! Black Shaker Floors by Maxwell

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