Stephen Barlow  

Arched Apron Sofa Table

Artist Statement

The choice of grain patterns in the wood, and the flow it creates with the lines of the piece, form the foundations of my work. My pieces start with a study of Shaker originals, then evolve into furniture that is all my own. The body of their work and the way it stemmed directly from the needs of their daily lives forms a bottomless well of inspiration for my craft.

To me, the art of furniture making is a synthesis of functional, graceful design and well engineered construction.

With functional simplicity as my primary goal, I build future antiques one piece at a time.


Stephen Barlow originated Shaker Style in 1989 as a one-person furniture building operation working out of a small garage in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Stephen is a third-generation New England woodworker who takes pride in carrying on the tradition of excellence passed down to him by his grandfather and great-grandfather. He still uses many of their tools today, further enhanced by his associates degree in construction technology.

By 1990, steady growth warranted the move to larger quarters. This was accomplished with the purchase of an 18th century farmhouse in historic 
Harrisville, New Hampshire. Formerly a livery stable, the large barn was converted into a woodshop and cozy showroom.

1988-1990 New Hampshire Technical College; Associates Degree in Construction Technology

1999-2016 Invited yearly to demonstrate my craft at Hancock Shaker Village Pittsfield, MA
2003 Invited to demonstrate my craft at Fruitland's Museum Harvard, MA
2005-2007 Juried in to display my work in the Keene Art Walk

Professional Affiliations:
Member of Historic Harrisville
Member of The Friends Of The Dublin Art Colony
Member of New Hampshire's Own                           Member of NH Made                                                 Member of Monadnock Buy Local                           Member of New England Forestry                                     Member of NH Timberland Owners Association
Member of Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce

Professional Experience:
I have taught the art of fine woodworking to numerous apprentices in my shop. 
My pieces, built to museum specifications, grace many fine homes from New England to California.


Contact Information

Studio Address:
292 Chesham Rd
Harrisville, NH 03450

292 Chesham Rd
Harrisville, NH 03450

Telephone: 603-827-3340


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