Shaker chairs were the only furniture pieces made by the Believers of The Second Coming for sale to the "outside" world. These classic chairs are the icons of the term "Shaker furniture" and are recognizable by their graceful, simple, and unadorned lines. You just know an original Shaker chair when you see it.
We are proud makers of these beautiful examples of American furniture design and we continue to make these chairs utilizing traditional methods, tools, and machinery. Each piece is still handmade to ensure proper construction and wood selection.
We invite you to visit our Bethel workshops and hear our story and tour our workshops. You may leave with a renewed appreciation of how the furniture in your home is made and how efficiently, or not, it serves you.
S. Timberlake was founded on the making of Shaker chairs, though it was our natural progression to be curious about other chair designs beyond the complexity of the simple-appearing Shaker chair. We made some prototypes of Windsor style chairs, sat in them , but we really didn't like the hard wood seat. We made other spindle-back chairs and realized that every chair, no matter the style, has a stress point. With Windsor and other spindle back chairs that point is where the spindles attach to the upper rail, or back support, and where the spindles are inserted in the seat. Rung constructed chairs (which Shaker chairs are), if not properly constructed, may have joint failure where the rungs intersect the legs. This does not happen with S. Timberlake chairs. Our construction, like the original Shaker chairs, incorporates a time-tested, hidden joinery that will stand up to the daily demands of an active family.