Hands to Work: The Evolution of Enfield Sewing Desks
The 12 work tables and sewing desks in this exhibit from the collection of Enfield Shaker Museum are considered to be iconic examples of Enfield, New Hampshire Shaker design and workmanship.
The Shakers created a built environment that was rooted in local traditions and evolved over time to suit their communal and religious needs. Following the American practice of gender-based work roles, the Brothers were responsible for the building and woodworking trades.
With their hands they created not only the room that houses the exhibit, but also all the furniture you see displayed in it.
“Hands to Work: The Evolution of Enfield Sewing Desks” was designed by Museum Curator Michael O’Connor and Education Coordinator Kyle Sandler and installed by with assistance from Carolyn Smith.