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The shakers were well known for among many things their simplicity of design and fine quality manufacturing. They started a sale industry at the turn of the nineteenth century that set new standards in quality of design and manufacture for American Basketry.
Our History with Shaker Basketry or Rebirthing a Lost Art
We started when the Shaker basket experience was lost. With the Shaker Eldress' help and kindness the Basket Shop started on its journey of discovery. The Shop got its start at Canterbury Shaker Village in the late 1970's. A ten-year research and trial-and-error self-apprenticeship culminated in the rebirth of Shaker Basketry as it once was. The book, "Shaker Baskets", by Martha Wetherbee and Nathan Taylor, documented the Shaker's basket making history and gave credit to their once lost legacy.
The Basket Shop staff went on to spread the lost art; teaching and supplying new Shaker basket makers coast to coast over the past twenty years.
The division of the original Shop after the first twenty-five years has left a gap in its offerings. Today, Nathan Taylor begins to offer the Shaker basket making experience once again through this new website and his shaker basket line.
The Basket Shop now resides in Warner, NH. Here the Shop makes baskets, kits, parts, and teaches Shaker basketry. It is conveniently located to the Shaker villages of Canterbury and Enfield. Also, Warner itself is the location of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, which houses a wonderful collection if Indian baskets and artifacts.
The Basket Shop invites you to partake in a Shaker Basket Class and visit the Shaker and Indian Museums when in New Hampshire.
Also, the Basket Shop invites you to purchase your own copy of "Shaker Baskets", by Martha Wetherbee and Nathan Taylor. We have recently had it reprinted. It also makes a great Christmas gift! Just click on "Publications" below to see all of the books that we currently offer, including "Shaker Baskets".