New Gloucester, Maine
Christian H. Becksvoort has almost four decades of experience working in a variety of custom, architectural and furniture shops. In 1986 he opened his own, full time studio. After all these years he still works alone, designing, building, finishing, and in some cases even delivering. His pieces are intended to harmonize with your home environment, as well as with our natural environment. He uses only native, sustainably harvested cherry (among other woods) and an oil finish.
Since the mid 1970’s, Christian has been privileged to do restoration work for the last Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake, ME. The Shakers have had a profound influence on his work: their clean unadorned simplicity, functionalism and craftsmanship. Whether building an exact reproduction or drawing inspiration for his own designs, Christian, keeps the basic Shaker tenets in mind. In the long run and most important, 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.