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Measured Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenware Paperback – September 17, 1980
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From the Back Cover
"Ejner Handberg had an eye for some of the best of Shaker design. Both beginning and longtime admirers of Shaker work will find pleasure and instruction in these simple, straightforward pages." -June Sprigg, prolific author of Shaker subjects and formerly Curator of Collections, Hancock Shaker Village, Massachusetts
In harmony with the Shaker spirit, Measured Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenware emphasizes simplicity, precision and utility. This book, along with Mr. Handberg's Shop Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenware, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, is represented by over 100,000 copies in print and nearly twenty years of service to cabinetmakers and antiques collectors worldwide. These highly respected books have established themselves as an authoritative source. No furniture makers, antique lovers, libraries or museums should be without them.
Measured Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenware
This book includes careful advice on the selection and drying of wood and provides accurate scale drawings of such sought-after Shaker items as:
Chest of Drawers
Trestle Table Footstool
Work counter Drop leaf table
Knobs and pulls Tailoresses' counter
Oval boxes and carriers
Chairs Lap desk
Ejner Handberg (1902-1985) was born in Denmark, emigrated to America, and for many years was a cabinetmaker in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he helped design and build Norman Rockwell's studio.
Top Customer Reviews
Only the major forms are shown with different views and details where helpful.
I 've found them useful in replication of actual furniture as well as duplication of patterns that I can apply which are Shaker inspired.
I own the entire set of 3 and often refer to them when I want to duplicate patterns of drawers or doors and proportions for built-ins, as well as recreate individual pieces of furniture.
If you want accurate line drawings of the pieces, these books are outstanding. If you need construction details or step-by-step instructions, these aren't the books for you. You would be wise to look at a preview of this book to look at the drawings in order know what you're getting.
This book in particular stands out from some of his others because of the format size. The other books are roughly 6" by 9" but this one is a full 8" by 11" in size. I will say that it doesn't make that much difference in the quality of the drawings versus the smaller format books. The drawings are all excellent.
The drawings are to scale and show the important details. I keep an architectural rule handy in order to pull measurements. It's amazing how accurate these drawings are reproduced. The dimensions of some of the chairs etc. are very clearly drawn down to fractions of an inch.
A must have book if you want to reproduce authentic Shaker furniture designs
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the simplicity and strength in Shaker design. This book has drawings that can be applied, not just some numbers and lines on a page.Published 14 months ago by JudyAnn Lorenz
Very much like other books that I own, but a nice cover larger format and a joy to own. Liked it very much..Published on March 2, 2013 by stephan