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Shaker Furniture and Architecture
My wife and I were in New Hampshire last week visiting my son Devin at Dartmouth College in Hanover. We took a morning and drove over to nearby Enfield to visit the Enfield Shaker Settlement and museum. The settlement was started in the 1793 on the shore of Mascoma Lake and Shakers lived there until 1923 until they sold the property to the LaSalette order of the Catholic Church and moved to New York. In 1985 a private foundation purchased the property and began an ongoing project to acquire…
Best Shaker Design Resources 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.