Affiliates & Sponsorships


Affiliations

Hubbardton ForgeHubbardton Forge is the oldest and largest commercial forge in the country with a team of over 200 people creating hand-forged lighting of timeless beauty and artistry…an American wrought-iron renaissance.

 

 

Sabbathday Lake Shaker VillageThe Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community was founded in 1783 by a group of Shaker missionaries. In less than a year’s time nearly two hundred people gathered together in this place that previously had only been the home of some five farming families.

On April 19, 1794, those residing here made an oral covenant with each other to consecrate their all to God and formally organized as a Community. To mark this event they began to build a house for public worship. The raising of the Meeting House was their first united venture. The next year saw the construction of the first communal Dwelling House and the next decade saw the addition of worships, mills, barns and other related buildings necessary for laying permanent foundations.

Always referred to as, “the least of Mother’s children in the east,” Sabbathday Lake was one of the numerically smallest and poorest of the eastern Shaker Communities. For decades the Community struggled to pay off debts contracted by dishonest business agents. This struggle also brought forth a very strong spiritual gift that saw the Believers through even the most difficult times.

The Shaker Society

The only active Shaker Community in the world today, Sabbathday Lake presently consists of eighteen buildings located on 1,800 acres of land. We maintain a tree farm, apple orchard, vegetable gardens, commercial herb garden, hay fields, pastures, a flock of sheep, and a variety of livestock. Other occupations include manufacturing of fancy goods, basket making, weaving, printing, and the manufacturing of some small woodenware.

 

 

Tappan Chairs

 It’s common to hear a ladder-backed chair called a  “Shaker Chair”— in the 19th century, the Shaker communities built beautiful chairs and sold many throughout the United States; so much so, that their name became synonymous with a style of chair that had been in common use for centuries before. Yet at the same time as the Shakers were marketing their chairs, a host of contemporaries also existed across our country, and as one of them the Tappan family was quietly cornering the local market with durable and appealing chairs. Simple and elegant, Tappan Chairs are similar in appearance to Shaker furniture, yet they developed independently and concurrently to that movement as a secular statement of handmade, homespun craftsmanship.

 

 

Peter Thompson

Chilton is extremely proud to present a line of exclusive chairs and stools designed by Maine fine furniture maker Peter Thompson. Peter’s love for working with wood and building furniture was sparked in the early 1980s when he created his first piece. Since then he has beautified his customers’ homes with works that perhaps could most accurately be described as functional art. The unique lines found in Peter’s work are inspired by his intense love for Maine’s natural beauty and the visual contrasts of New England’s changing seasons which he has been immersed in for over thirty years. Peter’s work is also greatly influenced by growing up in different cultures from Africa to Europe. Peter draws upon his diverse life experiences to design and create truly unique pieces. A common theme that runs through his chair and stool designs is the use of curves that create movement appealing to the eye. Also of paramount importance to Peter is that his chairs and stools be as comfortable as they are beautiful. Peter’s work has been award winning at fine furniture shows and has been juried into the Philadelphia Fine Funiture Show and into Taunton Press Fine Woodworking publications.

 

 

Monohanako Modern Japanese Pottery

A 14th generation potter from Japan, Hanako Nakazato's technique and philosophy are rooted in the ceramic traditions of Karatsu, Japan. But years spent living in the West has influenced her shapes and surfaces.  She currently divides her time between studios in Japan and Maine. Chilton Furniture is proud to offer a selection of her simple functional forms.

 

Sponsorships

Chilton is proud to sponsor and support these organization:
 

THE NATURE CONSERVANCY

The Nature Conservancy, which works to conserve the lands and waters for people and nature throughout Maine and beyond.

DIRIGO VINTAGE BASE BALL CLUB

Chilton is also proud to sponsor the Dirigo Vintage Base Ball Club, Maine’s only historical baseball team.

FREEPORTUSA

FreeportUSA serves our member businesses by serving the best interests of the Freeport community and our millions of annual visitors. Through the annual support of our members, we market Freeport as a travel destination and promote member businesses to the millions of people that come to Freeport and visit us online at our digital destinations.  Established in 1977 by Freeport business leaders, we have evolved from an organization of member merchants to the premier organization dedicated to marketing Freeport for destination travel and serving the information needs of visitors.