The Shakers came to America in1774 from Great Britain, about the same time as the American Revolution. They were called Shakers because of their penchant for rapturous movement and dancing during worship. The guiding Shaker principles of honesty, utility and simplicity found expression in various crafts including furniture, boxes, and textiles. Shakers are renowned for their minimalist design and unstinting quality. They experimented with labor-saving devices, and much of their furniture was made with the aid of circular saws, mortising machines, and steam-powered lathes. Using these power tools, Shaker furniture makers reinterpreted traditional forms with an emphasis on utility and simplicity. Shaker style furniture inspired the modern Danish movement known for its simplicity, purity of form and grace.