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Shaker, Reincarnated: A Young Furniture Maker in Midcoast Maine

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Shaker, Reincarnated: A Young Furniture Maker in Midcoast Maine

February 1, 2021

Move over, Thomas Moser: Meet the young female furniture maker revitalizing the tired furniture scene on the coast of Maine. From her house and studio “in a small, wooded homestead” in Rockport, Heide Martin—who started her career in landscape architecture and urban planning before moving to Maine and training at a furniture school—builds simple, hard-wood furniture that draws on a long tradition of New England sensibility. Here’s a look at her Shaker-like designs.

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Above: Martin designs and builds all of the furniture herself in Rockport, Maine. Shown here: the Shaker-influenced Splint Peg Cabinet, which hangs from a Shaker peg rail.

“My pieces are rooted in Scandinavian aesthetic and New England sensibility,” Martin says, with attention to quality construction and materials: native hardwoods, leather, and fibers. She also sometimes collaborates with her husband, a carpenter and builder.

Above L: The Simple Stool is “straightforward and understated ” with subtly splayed legs and a woven seat. Above R: A detail of the Splint Peg Cabinet‘s six small drawers.

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Above: The Simple Stool has a black Shaker tape seat.
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Above: Martin’s felt-topped Woolen Bench draws on “age-old construction techniques,” including using hot steam to bend the wood, but looks quite streamlined.
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Above: A pair of Splint Side Tables, with thoughtful details: leather-lined drawers, copper-peg joinery, and woven shelves inspired by the Shakers.
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Above: Traditional joinery on the small drawer.
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Above: Martin’s Børge Chair (with exposed joinery and “armrests wide enough for your coffee mug”) paired with her Woven Bench.
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Above: Martin also makes a selection of smaller goods and accessories, readily available in her online shop. For example: these Pocket Mirrors, Martin’s take on a compact, with leather and wooden backs; from $85.
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Above: Pocket Mirrors in vibrant leather.
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Above: Heide at work.

N.B.: All furniture pieces are made to order; email [email protected] for pricing and info. Plus, stay tuned: Martin tells us she and her husband plan on opening a shop in the waterfront district of Rockland, Maine, just down the coast.

Is Maine the new Hudson Valley? We’re keeping our eye on slew of young makers and craftspeople in the Pine Tree State. For a look, see:

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