About The Wachusett Wood Shoppe

The Wachusett Wood Shoppe journey began in 2000 with my interest in building furniture for myself, friends, and neighbors. I found that most requests were primitive and country styles with custom designed features. While designing and crafting furniture, I was inspired by the historical significance of the North Central Massachusetts region, along with historical Deerfield, Plymouth Plantation and Sturbridge Village not all that far away. Thus, I created the Nathanial Stuart furniture collection and the Abigail Cooke accessory line, fondly known as Abbey's Closet. I found myself reading and researching about primitive, shaker, country, and Early American furniture. I found inspiration in the simplicity while in the design stages of my furniture. What is primitive, country, shaker and Early American furniture?

Let's start with primitive. In our country's beginning years, furniture was built with a purpose. It was simple sometimes crude and made of pine. What is country? Country can be a simple Rustic Style, It's about comfort and colors. The furniture can be painted or stained and made from pine. What is Shaker? Shaker furniture was a reflected their beliefs. They were good craftsmen but was not adorned with much decoration. The doors had raised panels but the raised field was put to the inside of the cupboard. They also used pine and other inexpensive woods. What is Early American?  Early American is a popular style with home owners that have salt box or colonial style homes. It was plain with straight lines and sturdily built, nothing fancy. The furniture was made from local woods such as pine and oak, and it was either painted or stained. Each piece is hand crafted in my shop one at a time using modern tools but with yesteryear traditions.