Noah Burke

This walnut bench is an original design. It does not strictly align with a specific Shaker object, but it takes a number of design cues from their furniture. The general form mixes thin straight lines with gentle curves. These components combine with mortise and tenon joinery to create a very strong and lightweight piece.


The ornamentation is minimal, but intended to be unique and striking. The leg turning is simple and the seat has a slight scoop as well, but the curved back slats are the real focal point. A sequence of circles is an uncomplicated but (hopefully) very unique detail, the type of combination that elevates many historical Shaker pieces.


I feel that the proportions and geometry of Shaker objects often gives them a unique one-of-a-kind character and personality, almost as if they're living creatures. I try to bring a similar living quality to my pieces whenever possible.

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