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#1 posted 08-16-2017 11:21 PM

From the perspective of someone with a degree in History who has been researching our local Shaker community, any type of contrasting wood would be in opposition to the Shaker style. Shakers were about simplicity and functionality, not surface adornment or artistic expression. Yes they made some designs that modern eyes consider beautiful, but during the Victorian Age when the Shakers were active their designs were considered too plain to be fashionable.

Do you want something in true Shaker style or a modern interpretation of the style? A Cherry and Sycamore piece could be quite attractive – but you could not call it Shaker.

Best of luck on your project and be sure to post it when you’re finished.

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