Logging and Sawmill Operations in California – 1940s Forest Documentary – A glimpse into the Redwood timber process.
It’s amazing what you can find in your local English carboot sale.
The Shakers came to America in the 18th Century and over the years became highly skilled woodworkers, developing their own sense of design. Their furniture and interiors were simple and austere believing that everything be made with a minimum of extra detail or decoration, and only made for their intended use.
One of the fun things about coming to the UK is the opportunity to rummage around car boot sales (flea markets) and find very interesting tools.
The Moravians, who can trace their roots back to the 15th century, re-emerged in the 18th century in Bavaria. These colonial Germans were members of the Moravian church and they came to America for the same reason others also did around the same time: to escape religious persecution in Europe.
Books about the Shakers are always littered with photographs of rooms prominently displaying one or two pieces of furniture standing on the signature wide-boarded wood floors of the time. But, looking beyond the ‘staring’ piece there are always other furnishings being kept out of the way hanging on those characteristic shaker pegs.