• Sturdy as a rock! This table is handmade for Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village by American Stonecraft in Lowell, MA from a rock picked on the property.  This table features a large blue-green-gray stone polished to a mirror-like finish and is firmly attached to dark steel hairpin legs with optional leveling rubber fittings. The Shakers have cultivated their land since 1783. The hedgerows are piled with stones picked from the croplands each spring. These naturally beautiful slabs are created from polished slices of Shaker fieldstones deposited in the earth by glaciers eons ago.  Stamped on the reverse with the name: "Shaker Village, New Gloucester, ME." You will receive the exact table pictured here. Measures approximately 20.75" tall x 17" wide x 12" deep. Local pick up at Shaker Village preferred.  Professional pack & ship can be arranged, please contact us for a price.
  • In this instructional DVD of the art and craft of handmade furniture, Chris Becksvoort will lead you through the process os making through dovetails. Chris is an internationally-known, master cabinetmaker and a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community. He teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Chapters: Introduction, Safety and Disclaimer Through Dovetails Tools Tails First: Layout Practice Cuts Tails: Cutting and Chiseling Pins: Layout, Cutting and Chiseling Fitting, Trimming and Cleanup Credits Total running time: 39 minutes 2013, Ellkat Productions
  • In this instructional DVD of the art and craft of handmade furniture, Chris Becksvoort will lead you through the process of making a drawer. Chris is an internationally-known, master cabinetmaker and a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community. He teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Chapters: Introduction, Safety and Disclaimer Making a Drawer Draer Layout, Half-Blind Dovetails Cutting and Chiseling the Tails Laying out Pins on the Drawer Front Sawing: American vs European Chiseling the Pins Drawer Assembly and Glue-Up Magic Lotion and Trimming Installing the Knob Bottom Credits Total running time: 1 hour 12 minutes 2013, Ellkat Productions
  • In this instructional DVD of the art and craft of handmade furniture, Chris Becksvoort will lead you through the process of building a chisel box. Chris is an internationally-known, master cabinetmaker and a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community. He teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Chapters: Introduction, Safety and Disclaimer Making a Chisel Box Chisel Box Layout Pin Layout, Cutting and The Little Notch Cutting the Groove for the Lid Assembly, Glue-Up and the Bottom Making the Lid Carving the Finger Pull Chisel Cradles Credits Total running time: 1 hour 13 minutes 2013, Ellkat Productions
  • Practice your hand tool woodworking skills with Chris Becksvoort's classic Shaker lap desk project. Made with pine, the lap desk features exposed dovetails, breadboard ends with cherry pegs, and compartment dividers. The simplicity and elegance of this 200-year-old design make it appropriate for both traditional functions and the digital age, like writing while seated and working on your laptop or tablet.  The interior dividers are removable, giving you flexible options for storing your devices, cords, paper, or pens. Chapters:
    1. Introduction
    2. Materials
    3. Lay Out the Dovetails
    4. Cutting the Divertails
    5. Lay Out and Cut the Pins
    6. Cutting the Dadoes
    7. Clue-up the Cases
    8. Rough Fit the Bottom
    9. The Top and Breadboards
    10. Glue-up the Case and Bottom
    11. Shaping the Dividers
    12. Add the Hinges and Top
    Disc includes this project's cut list, plans, and 3D model. Total running time: 131 minutes 2018 Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Made in the USA. Chris is widely respected as a fine furniture maker, teacher, and author. In addition to building heirloom quality pieces in his shop in New Gloucester, Maine, Chris has been a neighbor and friend to the Sabbathday Lake Shakers for many years.
  • The Shaker Legacy: Perspectives on an Enduring Furniture Style by Christian Becksvoort, photographs by John Sheldon Solid construction and honest functionality make Shaker furniture one of the most popular and timeless design categories. Based on extensive research and personal experience with the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community, this book traces the roots of Shaker design to Shaker belief, which inspired the clean lines, careful craftsmanship, and signature details that define the style. Chris also discusses the less known Victorian period of Shaker design and shows how this style has influenced subsequent ones. A bibliography, glossary, and index are included. Chris Becksvoort is a long-time friend and neighbor of the Community and teaches wood working workshops with us each season. Hardcover, 240 pages, full color. Taunton Press, 2000.
  • Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware (Vols, 1, 2 & 3) by Ejner Handberg An authoritative and classic three-book collection, now in one volume. Together in one comprehensive book for the first time, these three volumes of Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware capture the simplicity, precision, and utility of shaker craftsmanship. In print for more than 20 years, these legendary and authoritative volumes have served as guides for cabinetmakers and antique collectors worldwide. Includes shop drawings for more than 100 authentic pieces. 200 black-and-white illustrations. Hardcover, 280 pages, Countryman Press, October 2007
  • Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship By Christian Becksvoort "I first met Chris Becksvoort some 40 years ago when I joined the Community. Here I found a man quite dedicated to his craft and hungering after more to allow him to better his craft. The friendship between Chris, his wife, Peggy, and our Community is one that is very dear to us. Chris continues to donate his time in giving workshops and helping with workdays and Peggy documents with her camera events and life here.  We have been enriched and we are grateful for the Becksvoorts in our life." -Brother Arnold, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community “Best known for his work in television comedy (Parks and Recreation episode “Ron and Diane”), Christian Becksvoort reveals a surprising amount of woodworking wisdom, culled from spending a mere lifetime singularly focused on his masterful furniture work, mostly Shaker-inspired, mostly in cherry. This book is an instant treasure.” -Nick Offerman, actor, author and woodworker   Opinionated? Yes. Informative? Absolutely. Interesting and inspiring? You bet. Not too many woodworkers can claim five decades of business success, but Christian Becksvoort is among them. In “Shaker Inspiration,” he shares not only his woodworking knowledge and some of his best professional techniques for producing top-quality work, but also the business advice that helped him establish and sustain his long career in a one-man shop. Plus, he shares measured drawings for 13 of his own well-known furniture designs and seven Shaker pieces that he’s reproduced. Whether or not you, like Christian, are inspired by the Shaker tradition, you’re sure to be inspired by one of the best-known names in woodworking. “Shaker Inspiration” begins with information that all woodworkers need – the nitty gritty of how to successfully make trees into furniture. This requires a firm grasp of wood movement – one of Chris’s specialties – and he shares many of the tricks he uses to ensure his pieces remain sound through the seasons and generations. The lessons are both big and small, from the advantages to working with a single species to how to calculate how much a drawer front will move inside a house with forced-air heat. Every page of this section is filled with little shop tricks that Christian has used to become a productive woodworker, from how to remove dovetail waste to how to align a drawer front and drawer side perfectly when dovetailing. After all the great information on the technical side of things, Christian dives into discussing the business side of things. He pulls no punches in discussing the difficulties of life as a furniture maker and designer. Getting started, you do whatever it takes to pay the bills. We’ve all done our share of kitchens and built-ins, and replaced porch railings. After more than five decades, I can do the woodworking almost in the dark. It’s the business end that’s a constant challenge, and it keeps me on my toes. He offers straightforward advice on setting up your shop, from the roof to the heat pump to the sign you use to announce your business to customers. Even how to set up relationships with suppliers and subcontractors. It is a sobering section, but if you ever want to set up a woodworking business, it’s the type of information that is almost impossible to come by. Finally, “Shaker Inspiration” dazzles you with three sections of photos and measured drawings. The last 60-odd pages offer a collection of Christian’s original designs, reproductions of Shaker pieces he’s made (and made famous) and photos of the original Shaker pieces that have inspired him the most as a craftsman and a designer. In addition to a beautiful photo and details about the piece, Christian shares a construction drawing of each project that will allow intermediate woodworkers to produce their own version. “Shaker Inspiration” is 166 pages and produced entirely in the United States by Lost Art Press. The 8.5” x 11” full-color book is printed on heavy coated paper. The pages are sewn and glued for durability and covered in cotton-covered boards. A tear-resistant dust jacket completes the package.
  • Commissioned and authorized by the Sabbathday Lake Shakers (the Alfred Shakers moved to Sabbathday Lake in 1931), our Alfred Village Rocking Chair and Side Chair are more than just reproductions--they are a return to production for the first time since the first half of the 19th century. In fact, they are the only Shaker chairs in the world commissioned by the living Shaker Community! Made by hand by Tappan Chairs in conjunction with Chilton Furniture.  All proceeds are donated back to us here at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum to help continue to preserve Shaker Village and tell the history of this great place and people. With many of the same historic processes that the original Shakers used, each is crafted using measurements taken from one of the finest specimens in the Shaker Museum collection. Both feature a tall bent back and hand-scribed markings--and in the case of the Rocking Chair--mortised rockers, and elegantly sculpted front posts and arms. Each also has the distinctive Alfred Shaker Village pommel, which was unique to that community. Assembled in the traditional manner using only precise joinery, glue, and wooden pins, each chair is finished to match the originals with an authentic hand-brushed and rubbed milk paint, which is then sealed with oil. Next, each seat is woven in a checkerboard pattern with Shaker Flame tape, which is itself a historic Shaker pattern. Lastly, each chair is numbered and branded with the authorized mark of the Shaker Society. This is the final inventory. Pick Up at Shaker Village only. Thank you for your support!  


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