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Shaker furniture is focus of N.H. exhibit

A selection of work by eight members of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is currently on display alongside historic Shaker furniture in a new exhibition, “A Tradition of Craftsmanship,” at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, N.H.

Juried works in the Texas Furniture Makers Show include this hall chair by Robert Jarry of Austin.

The exhibition is being shown through Nov. 13 in the village’s newly restored carriage house.

“The Shakers have had an indisputable impact on furniture design since their arrival in the U.S. in the late 1700s,” says Brian Reid, who organized this exhibition in conjunction with the curatorial staff of Canterbury Shaker Village. “As studio furniture makers, we are both honored and humbled to have this opportunity to exhibit our creations alongside historic Shaker works whose aesthetic often informs our contemporary designs.”

Participating guild members include Jon Brooks, Garrett Hack, David Lamb, David Leach, Martin Milkovits, Richard Oedel, Brian Reid and Jeff Roberts.

Texas Furniture Makers Show

The 12th annual Texas Furniture Makers Show takes place Nov. 10 through Dec. 10 at the Kerr Arts and Cultural Center in Kerrville, Texas. The goal of this juried exhibition is to present the work of Texas furniture makers to the public in a formal gallery atmosphere, to improve the quality and skill of Texas furniture making by formal consultation and by example, and to bring national attention to the one-of-a-kind handmade works of art created by Texas furniture makers.

This music stand by Richard Oedel was among the works presented by members of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association at the Canterbury Shaker Village Exhibit.

On display will be myriad tables, chairs, benches, cabinets and more. Many are crafted in multiple and complementing woods and accessorized with other materials, reflecting Shaker, 19th century German, modern cedar log and Federal styles.


New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association, P.O. Box 5733, Manchester, NH 03108. Tel: 603-898-0242.

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St., Kerrville, TX 78028. Tel: 830-895-2911.

This article originally appeared in the November 2011 issue.

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