Maine furniture maker reintroduces a Shaker classic

A Maine furniture company has introduced a new chair inspired by furniture designed by the craftsmen at the Shaker community, Canterbury Village in New Hampshire. Chilton Furniture Company, Maine’s oldest furniture company, carefully researched the classic lines of traditional Shaker designs to create an inspired version of the 1700’s classic Shaker Canterbury chair.

“The Shakers were an amazingly talented and industrious people who lived and worked in rural communities in the eastern and central United States since 1774,” said Bill Martens, president of Chilton Furniture. “They have become, in the last 20 years, the center of a cult of artistic appreciation.”

Martens added, “the Shakers, at Canterbury Village, simplified original style of furniture. The clear crisp lines and singular lightness, with no sacrifice in strength, today fits equally well into modern interiors or more traditional settings. I believe that the Chilton Canterbury chair, is an exquisite and faithful interpretation the Shakers’ commitment to a life of purity, simplicity, and utility.”

The Canterbury chair is crafted of 100 percent solid cherry by the skilled hands of Maine craftsmen. The handcrafted plank seat is a pleasing contrast to the fine lines of the spindle back and the graceful undercarriage.

Chilton Furniture, a Maine based family-run company, is dedicated to creating high-quality, classic furniture. Chilton’s cherry furniture is inspired by the timeless, beautifully designed pieces made by the Shakers over 200 years ago. Handcrafted in a small Maine factory with Shaker-inspired dedication to workmanship, function and simplicity of line and form, the solid cherry Canterbury chair is the perfect addition to their expanding examples of classic Shaker and traditional style furniture.

Today, with locations in Freeport and Scarborough, Maine, Chilton specializes in bringing high-quality wood products at the best prices to consumers throughout New England. Customers feel confident doing business with Chilton, a name that represents over 135 years of business commitment to Maine. You can learn more about the Canterbury chair and view other products from the Chilton Furniture by calling for a free catalogue at 207.883.3366 or by visiting them on the web at

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