KEITH DICKSON


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Keith Dickson prefers simple things, so the Shaker style is natural for him. A cabinet-maker by trade, he is best known for his reproduction shaker boxes with their simple, almost eternal, practical design. He creates all sizes of Shaker boxes, all of which exhibit the exact proportions, materials, and craftsmanship of the originals—The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities has licensed Dickson to reproduce its collection of original Shaker nesting boxes.

Using the same techniques as Shaker box-makers, Dicksonuses maple for the sides of his boxes and their lids, pine for the top and bottom pieces. He doesn't use glue. Instead he pags his boxes and uses small copper tacks to hold the overlapping fingers down. As with the originals, his boxes are painted—he duplicates the original Sbaker colors with safe, modern equivalent pigments. He also varies from tradition when customers want showier boxes, using more exotic woods like tiger and bird's-eye maple and finishing them with varnish so the natural figuring shows in the fnished boxes.

In his shop, Dickson also makes reproductions Shaker furniture—such as chairs, tables, desks and armoires—all reflecting the utilitarian simplicity and elegance of the originals.

His work can be found in the National Museum of American Folk Art in New York, Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, Wilton Museum in Connecticut and Mercer Museum in Pennsylvania. He exhibits at many shows including those at Mount Vernon, Waterford, Virginia, and Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Delaware. He had made Shaker boxes that the White House distributed as Easter gifts at a world conference. He was also commissioned by Mount Vernon to create a 200th Anniversary commemorative box.

His hometown newspaper, the Frederick News-Post profiled Dickson upon learning of his selection for the Directory. You can read their profile by clicking here.

Shaker Furnishings by Keith Dickson
1750 Solomon Ln.
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-848-2457
Email: brirwood@qis.net
Website: www.shakerfurnishingsbydickson.com

Keith Dickson has been selected for the following Directories:

2011
Year: 2011, 
				Category: Furniture
FURNITURE
2011
Year: 2011, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2010
Year: 2010, 
				Category: Furniture
FURNITURE
2010
Year: 2010, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2009
Year: 2009, 
				Category: Furniture
FURNITURE
2009
Year: 2009, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2008
Year: 2008, 
				Category: Furniture
FURNITURE
2008
Year: 2008, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2007
Year: 2007, 
				Category: Furniture
FURNITURE
2007
Year: 2007, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2006
Year: 2006, 
				Category: Furniture
FURNITURE
2006
Year: 2006, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2005
Year: 2005, 
				Category: Furniture
FURNITURE
2005
Year: 2005, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2004
Year: 2004, 
				Category: Furniture, Shaker
FURNITURE, SHAKER
2004
Year: 2004, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2003
Year: 2003, 
				Category: Furniture, Shaker
FURNITURE, SHAKER
2003
Year: 2003, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2002
Year: 2002, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2001
Year: 2001, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
2000
Year: 2000, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
1999
Year: 1999, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
1998
Year: 1998, 
				Category: Boxes
BOXES
Biography updated October 3, 2016   Photograph updated October 3, 2016  Contact information updated April 15, 2011
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