About Sawdust Company, Nashville

Birth Of Ideology

The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Coming, with their leader, Mother Ann Lee, landed in America in 1774. With their base in New York, the followers constructed self-contained communities disparate from the "world."

These communities built self-sufficient items required for carrying out day-to-day activities. They derived their strength from the belief that work is a form of worship and a desire for simplicity. With the ideology in mind, the shakers created many beautiful pieces, one of their prominent shaker inventions being their Oval Boxes. These were used for dry boxes and became iconoclast.