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Measured Drawings of Shaker Furniture and Woodenware Paperback – September 17, 1980

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“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, former Curator of Collections, Hancock Shaker Village)

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Carefully detailed, time-tested guides to building Shaker furniture and woodenware

"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:

Apothecary cupboard

Sewing Stand

Revolving Stool

Sewing Accessories

Workstand

High Chair

Cupboard Chest

Candlestands

Stool Dippers

Chest of Drawers

Trestle Table Footstool

Chair finials

Work counter Drop leaf table

Settee

Knobs and pulls Tailoresses' counter

Washstands

Wall clock

Oval boxes and carriers

Sewing desk

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman Press; Reprint edition (September 17, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936399201
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936399201
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,352,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a master woodworker, I've used this book many times as an aid to create several wooden Shaker replicas in my shop. It contains details and accurately scaled drawings, given in inches (rather than metric). For a drawing book it is very good, but the book could be larger. No construction or technique is given, as the book is intended for layout and graphics. The book is really one book in a set of three.
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These are all small measured line drawings/tight sketches that show a wide variety or Shaker built furnishings with their basic dimensions.
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.
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Ejner Handberg's series of Shaker books (this one and the three vol version) are exceptional for the number of pieces carefully reproduced from actual Shaker 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
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If you like to browse technical books and read them by section (in "fits & spurts"), you'll apprecaite one of the other shaker books more. But if you are a Shaker student or really serious about building authentic Shaker pieces, you'll be happy to add this book to your library.
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An update and review of his first three books, with selected sample included. They vary from simple benches to tables, candle stands, and cabinets.

john (:>)))
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Great book with detailed drawings. Saving the Shaker tradition. Because of Handberg's work the work of the Shakers will be saved for all of us.
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