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.
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