Tables

Drop leaf table
Original: c.1850
Wood: Black cherry
Dimensions: 1000mm x 470/970mm x 740mm
Finish: non-toxic oil based wax of Arctic Bearberry Plant, Swedish Linseed Oil and Beeswax 

Tables just as all other furniture designed by the Shakers where conceived each with a special function in mind. They had to serve a specific purpose as well as answer to the general fundament of being pragmatic and spiritual at the same time. there is the question of why they exist as well as the question of how they exist. The first is answered by a rational approach, the second by a spiritual. This combination of head and heart was what produced the overwhelming integrity in their appearance. In order for heaven on earth being able to function in physical reality required the ability to compromise in a fashion that includes a true sense of equality and generosity. Both sides had to be considered in equal terms. Not one dominating the other. The shakers due to extreme discipline have mastered this art of compromise in their designs. The result: integrity

Prunus serotina, commonly called black cherry, wild black cherry, rum cherry, or mountain black cherry, is a woody plant species belonging to the genus Prunus. This cherry is native to eastern North America: from eastern Canada through southern Quebec and Ontario; south through the eastern United States to Texas and central Florida; with disjunct populations in Arizona and New Mexico; and in the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_cherry