Who We Are
Crafting Your Furniture
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Mt. Monadnock Region
|FROM DESIGN TO FINISH
master craftsman Stephen C. Barlow
builds furniture with you, the customer, in mind. Steve is a
third generation New England woodworker who started Shaker Style
in 1989 in a small garage in Peterborough, NH. In 1990, he
purchased a farmhouse just a short drive off Route 101 in the
scenic Mount Monandnock region. His shop is located in this
historic 1850’s farmhouse at 292 Chesham Road. The old Livery
Stable has been beautifully transformed into a spacious woodshop
and a welcoming showroom. The Chesham R.R. Depot still stands
next door as a picturesque reminder of days gone by.
choice of grain patterns in the wood, and the flow it creates
with the lines of the piece, form the foundations of my work. My
pieces start with a study of Shaker originals, then evolve into
furniture that is all my own. The body of their work and the way
it stemmed directly from the needs of their daily lives forms a
bottomless well of inspiration for my craft.”
the art of furniture making is a synthesis of functional,
graceful design and well-engineered construction.”
functional simplicity as my primary goal, I build future
antiques one piece at a time.”
Stephen C. Barlow
|YOU WANT YOUR FURNITURE
to be as affordable as possible, while always making quality
first priority. Investing in lasting quality and ageless style
is an affordable, sustainable choice. Steve’s furniture is hand
crafted using solid lumber and traditional artisan joinery using
matched wide boards, dovetails & pegged mortise and tenon joinery.
|STEVE SUPPORTS SUSTANABLE
forestry; he purchases native northeast cherry lumber from local
sources. He is concerned about the environment outside and
inside your home; his finish is formaldehyde free, low odor,
HAPs free and GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified.
WHEN YOU BUY
from Shaker Style, you support an American small business and
buy directly from a craftsman working in his chosen trade. Here
is what customers have to say about Stephen’s work:
first piece that came in the door today was the blanket chest &
I was speechless. Every piece is perfect in every way & I can
tell the wood was hand selected piece by piece. Thank you so
very much for a truly positive experience. Stephen you are a
superior craftsman! I hope you continue to make furniture for
many years to come, because this is certainly not our last
-- Debra & Scott Lindell
"I am enjoying my new
furniture very much. My husband was sitting in the porch swing
looking through the living room window and he said that it looks
so comfortable and beautiful that it just invites you to come in
and relax. My son, the future furniture maker, got down on the
floor and inspected every inch of it. He repeated that he was to
get any furniture that came from you when I die!"
"Now that four years have passed, we are even
happier! The cherry has seasoned nicely, and the furniture is
the focal point of our house. What's amazing to us is that the
swelling/shrinking of the wood has been minimal to nonexistent.
In the hutch, every single door and drawer opens and closes just
a smoothly and evenly as when you first crafted it for us."
-- V. White
"The sofa table is perfect—and beautiful. Your work
is so fine, the graining of the wood so well chosen, it is easy
to call you an artist as well as a craftsman - we both love your
-- E.R. & D.A.
"We were thrilled to receive our
Arch Panel Bed and Dresser. Beyond being two very useful &
needed pieces of furniture, they are beautiful pieces of art.
When we lived in Washington DC, we saw a sensational exhibit of
the finest in Shaker furniture at the Smithsonian. The pieces we
now own could easily have taken their place in the exhibit."
-- S.R. & J.T.
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