AMERICAN SHAKER

AMERICAN SHAKER

….. cabinets, cherry and maple woods are extensively used, with recessed panel door with plain inset or flat panel door with lip construction edge detail. If the above woods are not available …

“Shaker styling” is a term used in Europe as well as North America, to define a beautifully executed, but severe in sensitivity and simple in detail, woodworking styling that is attributed to the craftspeople of the shaker villages located in the Northeastern part of the United States. This Religious sect was known as the ‘Shakers” because of the activities engaged in during religious ceremonies. The design elements detailed under American Colonial Rustic is appropriate in Shaker design, with a focus on simplicity of detail and refinement in cabinets.

For the cabinets, cherry and maple woods are extensively used, with recessed panel door with plain inset or flat panel door with lip construction edge detail. If the above woods are not available, bird’s eye maple or tiger maple can be used as well. Occasionally, some of the woodwork, such as the peg rail, skirting or beaded board wall system may be painted.

The hardware and accessories used are of woodturnings for everything from cabinet pulls to pegs for wall hanging systems, therefore wood pegs are most authentic for this design. Simple metal or hand-forged finishes are acceptable.

The countertops used are square-edged solid surfaces, slate, soapstone, granite and limestone.

The floors are typically varnished timber or wood, in some cases stone. Simple woven wood or rag rugs were laid on top of these hard surface floors.

Walls were painted or finished off-white or in earth tone colors. Tall beaded board wainscoting was used with pegs.