Becksvoort talk on Shaker furniture

Aug 22, 2014
Chris Becksvoort

Rockland — The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture titled Exploring Shaker Furniture by Chris Becksvoort Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 2 p.m. in the downtown museum’s auditorium.

This illustrated lecture will cover the religious tenets behind the designs, design philosophy, joinery, impact on modern furniture and the evolution of Shaker designs. Becksvoort has more than four decades of experience in forestry, wood technology, joinery and design.  He has been doing restoration work at the lone remaining active Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake since 1976.

Becksvoort’s pieces are in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. He has been a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking magazine for more than 20 years; and is the author of “The Shaker Legacy (Taunton Press, 1998) and “With the Grain: A Craftman’s Guide to Understanding Wood” (Lost Art Press, 2013).

The fee to attend the lecture is $12, $5 for museum members. No advance reservations will be taken. Tickets will be available at the main admission desk starting at 10 a.m., and doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for open seating.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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