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“Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow.”
The Shakers expressed this mantra in everything they did, from the most mundane tasks to their fervent religious meetings, and especially in the craftsmanship of wood furniture. Shaker artisans worked with a pious dedication that ensured the finest quality construction.
Therefore the ethics of simplicity and practicality were expressed in the way the Shakers dressed. As well as their way of life and in their furniture. The Shaker style soon became known for its clean angles and graceful elegance.
As word spread of the beauty and quality of Shaker furniture, the Shaker style, along with John Ruskin and William Morris, helped lay the groundwork for the “Arts and Crafts Movement”.