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01-15-2007 02:22 AM

Can anyone recommend a book or website that details the difference in shaker, mission, and arts and crafts furniture. I’d like to study up on some different styles. Thanks all.

-- Cheers

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#1 posted 01-15-2007 02:57 AM

Hi Shawn;
—-well I don’t know if I qualify to answer this or not since I’m not an ‘old guard’ or ‘young guard’, matter of fact I’m no guard. Lost my ‘guard’ somewhere out there…., when I got free. Ha! ha-ho!!!

As far as websites go, I ask Dr. Google and he serves me well. Quite a broad range of reading and studying you are undertaking here. Not sure about in your area, but where I’m at, if I’m looking for a book I will usually head to places like Borders or Barnes and Noble and read their books on the subject while picking out the best and then heading home. Also what about libraries in your area?

Also never forget the human touch and talk to other woodworkers in your area, what about a woodworking club? Woodworking clubs will have vast ranges and tons of knowledge in all that wealth of mind and you will learn from what you see them doing. You might also check out upcoming wood shows in your area, the artist at these shows always love to talk about their work!


-- --frank, NH,

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#2 posted 01-15-2007 07:20 AM

I made three mission style tables for my brother-in-law, and I didn’t notice a lot of drifference between mission style and craftsman, but then I’m a rookie

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#3 posted 01-15-2007 08:40 AM

I’ll give this one a go.

Shaker furniture reflects the aesthetic style of the Shaker movement which had its height in the late 1700’s in the New England states. It is known for its minimalist lines and simplicity of design.

I think the broadest definition is the Arts & Crafts Movement which occurred in Britain and the USA between 1880 and 1910. This movement incorporated a number of furniture styles.

Mission furniture is less defined. It was influenced by the style of furniture built for the Spanish missions in the south west US. But it sometimes refers to furniture with an Arts & Crafts influence.

Read the links for a more detailed description.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 01-15-2007 02:07 PM

I have this book, The Amerian Shakers and Their Furniture, by John G. Shea. It gives their history, plus some measured drawings. Look at it in a bookstore, or library.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 01-15-2007 04:04 PM

I just looked up this book on amazon, you can page through it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 01-15-2007 05:14 PM

Hey Shawn: While I was waiting on the shop to warm up, I decided to give this question a stab. I don’t know much about Shaker, so I will leave that subject to someone else. I got so excited recounting my research on A&C, Craftsman, and Mission for you that it got so looonnng that I decided to Blog instead of answering here.

Check out the Blog for more input from me,
Your Kansas buddy,
Mark DeCou

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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