About the Artist
New Gloucester, ME
Christian Becksvoort believes that in the long run 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. So, he takes his time to create custom and made-to-order pieces from native, sustainably harvested cherry wood using time honored joinery techniques. Since the mid 1970s, he has worked with the last Shaker community here at Sabbathday Lake, Maine, to assist with restoration. These Shaker pieces and traditions have had a profound influence on his work.