Chris Becksvoort & 15 drawer cabinet ABOUT MY WORK ...
My pieces are intended to harmonize with your environment, as well as with our environment. I use native, sustainably harvested cherry and an oil finish. In the long run and most important, a well-designed, well-built piece of furniture that lasts 100 years is always preferable to one that can be bought at one quarter the price but must be replaced every ten years.
Since the mid 1970's, I've been privileged to do restoration work for the last Shaker community here at Sabbathday Lake, ME. The Shakers have had a profound influence on my work: their clean unadorned simplicity, functionalism and craftsmanship. Whether building an exact reproduction or drawing inspiration for my own designs, I keep the basic Shaker tenets in mind.
Every piece is built to order. My aim has been, and continues to be, to create the highest quality individually built furniture to suit your specific needs. Toward that end, I use the best wood available and time honored joinery techniques. When you invest in my furniture, you get the benefit of over four decades of experience in joinery, wood technology, restoration, design, technical perfection, and meticulous craftsmanship. You get furniture to enjoy for life, built by someone who really understands wood. As one client put it: "Your craftsmanship is incredible... so exacting, it's hard to believe that the piece was built in 1994."
After all these years, I still work alone. Each piece is designed, laid out, glued up, sanded, constructed and finished by me.

I am cutting back on my production, no longer building large case pieces and tables. If I can't lift it, I won't build it. Of late, I'm a bit more choosy about what I build, and whether I want to build it. After 16 five-drawer chests, 23 pencil post beds, and 27 bow-back chairs, (over 929 pieces created as of 2021), I am discontinuing the catalog and building items of interest, and by special request. Not just cherry, but more white pine, walnut, maple and ash.
Shaker reproductions... Shaker inspirations... ...and custom designs.

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Photo credits: Principle photography by Dennis & Diane Griggs.
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