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This style of furniture fits right into today's home interiors even though
it was first designed in the late 18th century. The Shakers (a religious
sect of people who inhabited the northeastern states) prided themselves on
quality workmanship and made everything from tables and chairs to brooms
and hatboxes. The "ladder back" chair and "candlestick" table have
become icons of Shaker design.
Furniture attributes include straight lines with simple turned arms and
legs and lacked any decoration except for the bright paint colors that
adorned some pieces.
Local woods such as maple and fruitwoods are common and left in a natural
finish for today's market.
Hardware is usually not visible with door and drawer pulls made from turned
wood fashioned into small knobs.