Best Shaker Design Resources 2008

Best Shaker Design Resources 2008

Maxwell Ryan
Jul 25, 2008

''There were no extra turnings, no enhanced carvings, nothing extraneous. They took the essence of a chair, for example, and reduced it to its 'chairness.''' - Richard Russo, a dealer in East Chatham, N.Y. (via NYTimes)

I've been a big fan of Shaker design ever since I first visited my friend's family, whose great grandparents purchased a small, decommissioned Shaker Village in the Berkshires in the early 1900's. The village still consists of about six buildings that have been largely untouched by time...

Paint colors, furniture and farm implements are largely original, and one gets a real sense of how complete the Shaker vision was from simply being in their rooms. This list below represents the work of a number of years, documenting my trips to Shaker country and my efforts to track down authentic and near authentic sources. Enjoy, use this and if you have any good tips to add to this list, email me (

House Tour:

Shaker Brick House Tour

Shaker Boxes by Steve Grasselli
Ian Ingersoll: Cabinetmaker
Shaker Workshops in Ashburnham, MA
S. Timberlake & Company of Bethel, ME
Richard Bissell Woodworking
Shaker Furniture of Goshen, IN
Shaker View Furniture of Oxford, ME
Shaker Furniture by Vermont Woodworkers
Best Simple Wooden Beds (Shaker style)

Shaker Peg Trim Closeup in Hancock Village
Black Floors Closeup in Hancock Village
Historical Bright Yellow Closeup
Shaker Scale: Furnishings & Doorways
Shaker Style: An Elegance Beyond Time in the NYTimes

Related To:
Scott Jordan Furniture
Thos. Moser
Shaker Inspired Simplicity by Other Designers in the NYTimes

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