Hancock Shaker Village

shaker dustpan

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.

shaker chair shop

Chair-assembly workshop

shaker room

Bedroom for visiting laborers

shaker building

House for visiting laborers

shaker workshop

shaker workshop2

Water-powered woodshop

shaker color

I love the pre-Victorian era Shaker use of color

shaker barn

The ingenious round barn, designed to prevent carriages from needing to turn around.

3 replies on “Hancock Shaker Village”

  1. We visited Hancock a few years back and it truly is a magical place. I loved the interior spaces of that round barn, too….

  2. Hi

    I’d like to use your image of the Dust Pan as part of a cover for a novel I wrote titled Dust Pan Girl.
    The novel isn’t published.

    Is it okay if I do that?
    I’ll assume it is if I don’t hear back from you.


    James Fox

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