Designing The Shaker Rounded Desk Clock

Posted on August 10 2018

 

Shaker Rounded Clock. This was my first clock design, and still one of my favorites. This clock is inspired by the clean functional designs and craftsmanship of the American Shaker movement. Beautiful, timeless designs that will be as relevant tomorrow, as they are today, or they were 200 years ago.

 

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The Shaker movement began in 1771 and at it’s height in the 1840’s there were around 6,000 members that lived in 19 different communal villages. They were a zealous religious organization that believed in Christ, equality for all members, and celibacy.

They were officially called the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, but the world called them Shakers because of their great dance moves that were incorporated into their worship. They placed all their devotion into the things they made and believed that God dwelt in the craftsmanship and quality of their work.

They helped the poor, bought the freedom of slaves, and were great designers and inventors. They designed many things that we still use today including the circular saw (I use this everyday!), the clothespin, and the flat broom.

 

"Don't make something unless it is both made necessary and useful;
but if it is both necessary and useful, don't hesitate to make it beautiful."
-Shaker dictum

 

It was about 2003, when I was looking at a small beautiful piece of cherry wood, that I fist had the idea for the Shaker Rounded Clock. The first ones were gifts for family, and soon making clocks and smaller items became my full-time passion and work.

I have always been drawn to simple, well designed objects. As a child our house was filled with Danish Modern furniture. My mother designed homes, and furniture, and my father was a furniture and cabinet maker.

In college I chose religion, history, and art for my studies and degree. After college I began to design and make office chairs, and for 18 years that was my love and occupation. Clean, simple, and timeless designs, and well-made furniture was always my goal.

 So, it was natural when my brother, who is an architect, gave me a book on Shaker design furniture, I felt a deep connection with their work. I visited numerous Shaker villages in the New England and Kentucky and found even more inspiration.

When I began making fine handcrafted custom furniture Shaker designs and construction guided all that I built. The inspiration of Shaker design and quality is inspiration for us to this day at Sabbath-Day Woods. A name was inspired by Shakers and their village in Maine called “Sabbathday Lake”.

"Simplicity is the embodiment of purity and unity"
-Shaker Maxim
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To find out more about the American Shakers, I suggest a great book by Paul Rocheleau and June Sprigg, Shaker Built.
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Here are a couple of great historical Shaker villages that you can visit anytime!
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For more information on the Shaker Rounded Clock Click here
For a video on how it is made click here!

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