Our hand made Shaker Furniture is made right here in my wood shop in Okeechobee Florida. I take great pride carrying on the Shaker style of furniture. The simple clean style is one of my favorites to build. All of my furniture is constructed from rough sawn lumber hand picked to insure a great looking piece of heirloom furniture.
Shaker furniture was made for God, the Shakers’ furniture was an attempt to apply the Shaker philosophies of equality, modesty, confession and faith and the shaker search for order and harmony, to the mundane objects found in homes, chairs, tables, cabinets, etc. I strive to live up to the simple lines and style of Shaker Furniture. Our company is a Christian organization and we build furniture with Christ in mind. We tithe 10% of our income to the Church and enjoy the opportunity he has given us to be in this business.
The guiding principle behind Shaker furniture making was the desire for order and tidiness. Shaker bedroom furniture makers made their cabinets, corner cupboards, chests of drawers, blanket chests, and storage chests in small numbers, in their workshops, and with great handmade consistency and loving attention to detail. We follow that great tradition, our furniture is made by a staff of two to three. We take our time and do things the right way, never taking shortcuts we build heirloom quality furniture. Be sure to take a look at our products.
Shaker style furniture, like it’s cousins mission furniture and arts and crafts furniture, remains popular today and this popularity is perhaps an expression of the contemporary world’s longing for a more simple life expressed in home office decor and furniture. It is a perhaps interesting thing whether a form of art so deeply bound up with religion can be successfully transferred to a world so removed from the original movement’s religious inspiration.
There are several features that define the Shaker style.
Here is a list of some of them and how they are incorporated in Shaker furniture.
Tapered legs on tables. The Shakers used tapered legs on tables whenever possible. The main advantage of tapering is reduced weight. It was important to the Shakers that furniture be light enough to be moved out of the way when not in use.
Wooden drawer pulls. Instead of using metal pulls, which would have been considered showy, the Shakers employed wooden pulls whenever possible. Turned pulls are easy to make on a lathe. The Shakers would also make pulls in the same species as the rest of the piece to avoid attention.
Plain Wood. To avoid showiness, the Shakers did not use inlay or intricate woodwork that called attention to itself. Instead, they kept the wood plain and used rounded or gently beveled edges. They also avoided highly figured wood, which was seen as showy. They did not use veneer because they considered it to be a deception. We keep our Shaker reproductions true to the original style.
Concealed Joinery. The Shakers used dovetails and mortise and tenon joinery extensively. For drawers, they generally used half-blind dovetails, which are visible only when the drawer is pulled out. The Shakers often used pegs to fortify tenons, especially on table legs, but the pegs would be the same species of wood as the legs to avoid notice. This is different than the Arts and Crafts furniture of Greene and Greene, who used pegs of a contrasting wood like ebony to serve as decoration. Most if the drawers we build use the dovetail method of joinery.