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The Shakers and the Modern World:
A collaboration with Canterbury Shaker Village

Exhibition on view through February 16, 2020

A chest of drawers designed by Ted Blachly is included in the exhibit along with a few other contemporary makers who have been influenced by the Shakers in some way.

Drawn from the extensive holdings at Canterbury Shaker Village and the Currier Museum, the exhibition includes classic and Victorian-style Shaker furniture, finely crafted boxes, buckets and pails, and fancy work products produced for their own use and for the commercial market. The exhibition will also present rarely seen founding documents, such as Canterbury’s first written covenant, 1796, and historic photographs and publications that defined the Shakers for the public. Discover the unexpected in this new look at the Shakers in the modern world.

Visit the Currier and help celebrate Canterbury Shaker Village’s 50th anniversary as a museum.


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In Touch with Wood

August 23, 2019 | New Hampshire Home | by Andi Axman | John W. Hession, Photographer

New Hampshire Furniture Master Ted Blachly takes cues from individual pieces of wood for his graceful designs.

Ted Blachly began making furniture in the early 1970s when he was a student at New England College in Henniker. For fifteen years after graduating, he made his living restoring old houses while fueling his woodworking interest with repairing musical instruments and occasionally making tables. He returned to making furniture when he discovered Scandinavian design and was drawn to its refined style. John McAlevey—an established furniture maker nearby with a similar design approach—became a mentor.


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Interview: Off the Record with Paul Hodes

December 14, 2018

Paul is joined by Ted Blachly of the Guild of NH Woodworkers in this episode of "Off the Record".



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