Ok so first off the Shaken Furniture Company is really just “me” making stuff. The story goes like this: I grew up in an antique cape watching my parents work restoring the house and the antiques they filled it with. So like all kids I rebelled. I was drawn to tacky 50’s and 60’s Americana... way before I heard the term mid-century! From tacky my tastes refined, and names like Eames, Nelson, Juhl, Wegner, became my vocabulary. My favorite designer is Paul McCobb, whose work I collect and restore, with my parents help! So why Shaken? Well it stuck me one day that my favorite McCobb pieces are basically modern shaker influenced pieces. I’d come full circle. Over the years during open studios we’ve got so many comments on our space and the furniture, I decided, why not just make it myself. How hard could it be? Pretty hard, actually. The other part of the name is I’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In that regard I am grateful to be as healthy as I am, and to have the support of my wife and family who may not think Parkinson’s and power tools is the awesome combination I think it is! So I’ve started making furniture, and I’m figuring things out as I go along. The pieces I’ve made have flaws for sure, but there is a passion behind them, and over time I will get better. The furniture that is, I’ll still be shaking, and making. Shake n’ make.