The Shakers used towel racks like these. This one is modeled on one from the New Lebanon community in New York. The slender pieces are held together with twelve through mortice and tenon joints. It is quite light, as you would guess, but is also surprisingly strong. Besides towels, it can be used to display quilts and fabrics.

Made in cherry or maple. Priced at $850.

65 Delano Road, Woolwich, Maine