Ken Burns: Shakers – Hands to Work, Hearts to God (PBS Distribution)Go to https://library.uco.edu/Scroll down to see the box in the middle of the screen that says “More Search Options:Click on “Databases”Click on F in the alphabet, and scroll down to Films on DemandClick on the title, and it will bring up a screen for you to login to the library site from off-campus – enter your regular username and password you use on campusEnter the full title into the search window, and the first entry will be a segment from the video with the title below.Click on the link for “From Title” and it will take you directly to the video (60 minutes long)
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HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN II
Ken Burns: Shakers – Hands to Work, Hearts to God
From UCO library Films on Demand database
Ken Burns: Shakers – Hands to Work, Hearts to God (PBS Distribution)
• Go to https://library.uco.edu/
•Scroll down to see the box in the middle of the screen that says “More Search Options:
•Click on “Databases”
•Click on F in the alphabet, and scroll down to Films on Demand
•Click on the title, and it will bring up a screen for you to login to the library site from off-campus – enter your regular
username and password you use on campus
•Enter the full title into the search window, and the first entry will be a segment from the video with the title below.
•Click on the link for “From Title” and it will take you directly to the video (60 minutes long)
1) What was the religious influence that drove the high quality of their work?
2) List at least four inventions created by the Shakers
3) It is stated in the video that “Shakerism was not a comfortable place for …pretenders.” How is that seen in their
design aesthetic and the furniture and architecture they produced?
4) How does the use of wood in their furniture designs contribute to the simplicity of their pieces?
5) Based on the furniture pieces seen in the student presentation, is this style appealing to you?
If so, why?
If not, why not?
• The concept of round barn construction
began in 1793 when George Washington
designed and built a 16-sided threshing
barn at his Dogue Run Farm in Fairfax
• The Round Stone Barn is the only
circular barn ever built by the Shakers.
Widely recognized as an architectural
icon and agricultural wonder
• Two stories with the first being one big
• The main room was for gatherings in the
• Benches used for seating would be
placed around the sides of the room to
clear the floor for a dancing area.
“…after supper we retire to the Meetinghouse, where and when we have a good heavenly feast of ? love
and Union, sing, speak, and pray together…”
—1837 Shaker journal entry
• Chairs made by the Shakers followed form based on simple 18th-century designs,
primarily Federal influences.
• Extraneous ornamentation and elements imparting comfort were considered
inappropriate due to the strict religious beliefs of the Shakers.
• While the basic shape of many Shaker chairs was the same, the seats varied in material.
• Craftsmen made use of local timber that was readily available. Because of this, woods
varied by region. Common species included maple, pine, cherry, and walnut. Hickory was
used especially for designs that required bent pieces.
REVOLVING CHAIR OR STOOL
Revolving chairs, also known as stools or swivel chairs,
were produced by Shakers in many styles and sizes. Most
stools have a round seat that rotates on the base.
The Shakers were probably the first people in the
country to use and produce the rocking chair on a
large scale, according to Clarence Hornung’s
Treasury of American Design and Antiques.
Rocking chairs made by Shakers living in New
Lebanon were often characterized by oval finials,
round handgrips, and the shape of the rocker
This is a bench that would be used in the
Traditionally made to store sewing notions and dried goods,
the bins can also be used to hold stationery, and jewelry.
These classic bentwood nesting boxes aren’t held together by
glue but with copper tacks and wooden dowels.
SPIDER LEG TRIPOD STAND
Similar to a seed stand. This table has a round top with three legs.
This table was used as a nightstand and a side table.
Shaker style cabinets have doors with recessed panels
and minimal adornments. Many Shaker cabinets are
built using hardwood, although some may use veneer
panels in the doors. The style is complemented with
natural finishes or light stains.
As your candles burn down the height of the
candles can be adjusted buy turning the
candle holder arm up on the threaded center
Classic Shaker bed frames feature a single
panel headboard with square or round legs,
that are often tapered. Modern designs
follow the same rule, with a slightly more
stylish slatted headboard.
CHAIR TAPE ON SEAT
In Shaker communities,
fabric tape was preferred
over rush, wood splint, or
cane because of it’s
functionality. It does not
dry out and break, nor
does it pinch or snag
clothing. It is simple and
quick to weave and more
CANDLE FLAME FINIAL
Like the name suggest, this is a
finial that is shaped as a candle
flame. Normally placed on
rocking chairs, armchairs, and
EGG AND CUP FINIAL
Like the name suggest, this is a
finial that is shaped like an egg
in a cup. Like the Candle flame
Finial these are normally placed
on rocking chairs, armchairs,
and side chairs.
MUSHROOM CAP FINIAL
This is a flat finial place on
the end of arms on a chair.
The shakers used these peg rails for
hanging candle sconces, small
cupboards, and clothes. They were
also used in home and meeting
houses to hang chairs up.
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