By Moser, Thomas; Becksvoort, Christian
The Shakers produced many excellent furnishings items that we proceed to venerate this present day. For the woodworker the fascination is frequently rooted within the crucial simplicity of the paintings. curiosity in Shaker layout is as powerful this present day because it used to be whilst the 1st variation of this e-book used to be released in 1977, potentially more desirable. This ongoing curiosity is the direct results of the inherent great thing about Shaker layout — attractiveness that stems not just from shape, yet from wonderful workmanship, a dedication to application and a complete realizing of fabric.
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They are not slavish redundancies. They are, rather, an attempt at perpetuating one small aspect of a vision which fell prey to economic and stylistic pressures 125 years ago. ” Throughout, attention is given to producing a wide range of furniture using the same building methods used by the early Shakers and by cabinetmakers of even earlier times. Although there is much discussion of machining, the age-old methods of hand craftsmanship are stressed. In this way the maker imbues his work with the touch of the hand, giving it a hallmark not found in machine production.
Not uncommonly, they resorted to “graining,” which yielded oak, mahogany, and rosewood patterns and colors. Indeed, some were so proficient that from a distance even someone who should know better may mistake pine for rosewood. The employment of grained paint and stenciling was nowhere so evident as at the Hitchcock Chair Factory in Connecticut, where, even today, birch, pine and maple are grained to look like rosewood. The Shaker style therefore has its origin squarely in the secular world from which it drew its practitioners.
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How to build Shaker furniture by Moser, Thomas; Becksvoort, Christian