Kerry Pierce

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Shaker Construction Methods

A furniture maker visits the Pleasant Hill, Ky., community and unearths a fair number of surprises (nails!) about Shaker joinery. By Kerry Pierce Pages: 38-44 From the December 2005 issue #152 Buy this issue now If you’re planning to stay at the restored Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Ky., I have some advice: At...

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Pleasant Hill Shaker Miniature Chest

Reproductions may have room for improvement. By Kerry Pierce Pages: 58-63 From the October 2006 issue #157 Buy this issue now Furniture reproductions are never exactly like the originals on which they’re based. In some cases, that’s because the skill and artistry of the reproducer don’t measure up to the skill and artistry of...

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Out of the Woodwork: Common Ground

My dad was a cabinetmaker for most of his working life. Unfortunately, he plied this trade in a small, working-class town in Northwestern Ohio, a town with more farmers than investment bankers, with more machinists than venture capitalists. So there weren’t many local residents with the financial resources to hire my dad to build...

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Pleasant Hill Shaker Cupboard

Common wood from a common source creates an uncommon beauty. By Kerry Pierce Pages: 56-61 From the June 2006 issue #155 Buy this issue now I began my study of the Shaker furniture at Pleasant Hill, Ky., with a quick survey of the contents of the enormous Centre Family Dwelling, sticking my head in...

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Pleasant Hill Shaker Saturday Table

A sharp eye and smart jig help you build this reproduction. By Kerry Pierce Pages: 76-80 From the April 2006 issue #154 Buy this issue now Last summer I had the pleasure of visiting the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Ky. During my stay there, the volunteer who showed me around explained...