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How Shakers`s spirituality influence their furniture or craftmanship

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The word Shakers is popular name for members of the United Society of Believers in Christ ‘s Second Appearing , also called the Millennial Church . This word originated as a mocking of the practice of their HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Ritual ” \o “Ritual rituals of trembling , shouting , dancing , shaking , singing , and HYPERLINK “http /en .wikipedia .org /wiki /Glossolalia ” \o “Glossolalia glossolalia . Shakers were renowned for their original styles of vocal music , crafts , and architecture and more specifically Shaker Furniture

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is a product of their beliefs and practices . Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow , is one of the teachings of the Shakers that they have adhered to and is reflected in their work and craftsmanship . The idea that form follows function was further enriched by their dedication to hard work and perfection The main reason that the Shakers are renowned for their craftsmanship has its roots in their spirituality and the belief of Put (ing ) your hands to work , and your heart to God

This thesis submits the proposition that the success of Shaker furniture is due to their deep spiritual belief in God and in offering their hard work to God as an act of prayer . This will be established by examining the foundations of the Shaker religion and pinpointing the beliefs that show the basis for the perfection that each Shaker tries to attain with every item that is crafted . The different beliefs that make the Shaker religion similar with other religions will also be assessed to provide a better insight into how these beliefs might also manifest the spiritual influence that religion has on the craft of a person from another perspective as well . The beginnings of the Shaker practice in making form follow function ‘ will also be examined BIBLIOGRAPHY

Journal Sources

Hammel ,

. review of The Book of Shaker Furniture : Winterthur Portfolio Vol . 17 , No . 2 /3 (Summer – Autumn , 1982 , pp . 151-152

Rome , S . review of Shaker Furniture : The Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect William and Mary Quarterly , 3rd Ser , Vol . 7 , No . 4 (Oct 1950 , pp . 641-643

Lossing , Benson “A Visit to the Shakers at Mt . Lebanon , NY ” Harper ‘s New Monthly Magazine July , 1857 (Facsimile reprint , Hanover , NH University Press of New England , 1989

Books Sources

Andrews , Edward Deming . The Community Industries of the Shakers . Albany NY : University of the State of New York , 1933 . Reprint . Charlestown , MA Emporium Publications , 1972

Andrews , Edward Deming , and Faith Andrews . Shaker Furniture : The Craftsmanship of an American Communal Sect . 1937 . Reprint . New York Dover Publications , 1964

Andrews , Edward Deming , and Faith Andrews . Religion In Wood : A Book of Shaker Furniture . Bloomington , IN : University of Indiana Press , 1966

Budis , Erin M . Making His Mark : The Work of Shaker Craftsman Orren Haskins . Old Chatham , NY : Shaker Museum and Library , 1997

Grant , Jerry V , and Douglas R . Allen . Shaker Furniture Makers . Hanover NH : University… [banner_entry_footer]

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