I especially love the simple tools the Shakers made, like this dust pan.
We took a jog off course on our recent East Coast college tour to visit the Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, Mass. This was my first visit, though I made frequent excursions to the Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, NY when I apprenticed with George Smith in the Hudson River Valley. The two of us would make a pilgrimage for inspiration whenever we needed a load of timber from a nearby sawmill, and the Shakers have been a huge influence ever since. This time I was looking for inspiration as I convert one of our outbuildings into a dedicated shop to produce the Deep Deck longboard, and continue to put finishing touches on the interior of our house.
Bedroom for visiting laborers
House for visiting laborers
I love the pre-Victorian era Shaker use of color
The ingenious round barn, designed to prevent carriages from needing to turn around.