Hand Crafted Quality Furniture
by Nick Levinsky
This is just a sample of my work. You can view more pictures on my Facebook page. If you see something you like, or would like a custom made item to meet your design needs, feel free to contact me by phone or email and I will be pleased to assist you.
The Shakers, or English Quakers, came to America from England in 1774. Known as the Shaking Quakers because of their movements during worship; they emulated a pure and humble life on earth of honesty, usefulness, and simplicity which found their way to the furniture they designed and made.
Furniture was made thoughtfully, with functional form and proportion. Rather than using ornamentation — such as inlays, carvings, metal pulls, or veneers — which was seen as prideful or deceitful, they developed "creative solutions such as asymmetrical drawer arrangements and multipurpose forms to add visual interest." Furniture was made of cherry, maple or pine lumber, which was generally stained or painted with one of the colors which were dictated by the sect, typically blue, red, yellow or green. Drawer pulls for dressers or other furniture were made of wood.
Reference: [1.] Metropolitan Museum of Art.