In the above video I share my recent visit to the Woodworking workshop at the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. This is where they build reproduction furniture and give visitors an idea of what daily life was like in this Shaker village.
The greatest part of any of my workshop visits is getting to make friends with the people who make these places special. Thanks Hancock folks!
Here are some links to a couple of my favorite books on building Shaker furniture (warning: gorgeous furniture photos):
- “How To Build Shaker Furniture” by Tom Moser
- “Pleasant Hill Shaker Furniture” by Kerry Pierce
- “Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture & Woodenware” (Vols, 1, 2 & 3) by Ejner Handberg
- “The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World” (This place is 4 miles from Hancock)
Here’s a few other photographs of this beautiful Hancock Shaker Village:
And again, here are some of the furniture pieces that I will be releasing tutorial DVDs for, featuring Will Myers: