Category Archives: Shaker Inspiration

Full Panel vs. Frame & Panel

This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort. Full-panel construction, sometimes called slab or wide-panel construction, consists of a single board, or a series of boards glued up to form a wider panel. In a case piece, … Continue reading

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Furniture Doors

This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort. Even before frame-and-panel doors come into widespread use, larger doors had to accommodate seasonal wood movement in one way or another. The most common method was to use a series … Continue reading

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On Craftsmanship

This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort.  Craftsmanship is a tough concept to get your head around. Even the dictionary gives it short shrift. “Skill in a particular craft.” Pretty lame. This is a bit better: … Continue reading

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Free Excerpts of ‘The Intelligent Hand’ & ‘Shaker Inspiration’

For a taste of what our two most recent titles offer, we’ve created PDF excerpts, which you are welcome to download. The pdf for “The Intelligent Hand” by David Savage includes the table of contents, foreword, a look at some … Continue reading

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Pricing Your Work

This is an excerpt from “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” by Christian Becksvoort.  One of the most difficult tasks when starting a business is pricing your work or product. Many woodworkers, especially those just beginning, seriously underprice their work. Hobbyists, especially, have no … Continue reading

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Finally: ‘Shaker Inspiration’ Ships from the Printing Plant

We just received word that Christian Becksvoort’s new book “Shaker Inspiration” has shipped from the Tennessee printing plant and is en route to our Indiana warehouse. This means two things: We will begin shipping these as soon as possible. I … Continue reading

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New in Store: ‘Shaker Inspiration’ by Christian Becksvoort

Christian Becksvoort’s new book “Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship” is now available for pre-publication ordering. The book is $43 and will ship in November 2018. All customers who order the book before it ships will receive a free … Continue reading

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