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mhein68

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03-26-2010 03:42 AM

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Hey all, Can anyone share with me any plans or full sized patterns for shaker items like clothes hangers, untensils, clothes pins, Candle sconce, mirror holder, ect.. I think you all have the idea… Any Shaker plans or patterns you mind to share with a new shaker style lover?? I can pay for postage on any patterns or plans if that will help… I have done web searches for patterns but have came up with alot of pay things.. As things are money is really tight and buying alot of books right now.. I am goin to check my public library, but as small of town as we are I wont guess there will be much on Shaker style furniture…. Any help would be great! Thanks in advance….Mike

-- Mike, Southern IL


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Vincent Nocito

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 01:06 PM

Try to find a copy of “Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenware” by Ejner Handberg ISBN 0-936399-17-1. There are dimensional drawing for a variety of Shaker household items (dippers, hangers, pin chushion holders, etc). Printed by Bershire Traveller Press. Stockbridge , Massachusetts. abebooks.com has a few used sets avaialble. Volume 1 and 2 in particular have drawing of household goods. Abe has the 3 volumne set for $19 plus shipping.

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 01:34 PM

Ditto on the book recommendation. I have the 3 volume in 1 book and it has everything you need. This guy made it his life mission to document the shaker furniture and accessories. He’s a great man.

Btw, these are scaled drawings, not full size but there isn’t a measurement that you would need that he left out.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 01:50 PM

As seen on Amazon.com

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill is just down the road from me.

-- 温故知新

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 02:01 PM

That’s the one I have hobomonk and in fact I bought it at Pleasant Hill, which I’ve visited twice now!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 02:25 PM

Steve:

Strange that I live within a short driving distance of several restored Shaker communities and I don’t make Shaker stuff. Many of our local artisans are Shaker makers.

-- 温故知新

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#6 posted 03-27-2010 12:07 AM

Thanks all for the reply! I will try to find some of the above books, maybe even throught the library… If anybody does have some patterns or plans to share let me know… Thank!

-- Mike, Southern IL

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#7 posted 03-27-2010 08:51 PM

I lived in Bowling Green, Ky for a while and taught classes at South Union. I was fortunate to see and examine a bunch of furniture at length. Once you get an idea that the joints are pretty simple and often straightforward, dovetails vary in size, and most things were made in various sizes to fit various people and the furniture evolved at geographically different locations and times, you can pretty much look at a picture and get it down. So, go to Shaker Websites and ask for a catalog and look at the pictures.

http://www.shakerworkshops.com/ http://www.shakershoppe.com/

it will give you pricing as well as fine examples of furniture and more important for you, dimensions. Oh, by the way, there is no ONE WAY to build shaker furniture, it often will vary by the builder of the piece, the location he worked, and the TIME within the period shakers built furniture. Some of the later stuff looked victorian with stuffed pads gaudy turnings. Oh! and my pet peef, Shaker furniture is NOT AMISH! There’s no connection at all.

Good luck in your Search!

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

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