December 18, 2018
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Chilton and SeaBags Collaboration Embodies New England Woodworking and Seafaring Heritage

Community Author: Broadreach Public Relations
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Broadreach Public Relations | BDN
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Caption: The High Mast Bed, a collaboration between Chilton Furniture and Sea Bags of Maine.

FREEPORT  — Chilton unveiled their nautical-themed collaboration at the Maine Boats and Harbors Show in Rockland, Maine this summer, receiving positive reviews. Inspired by Maine’s woodworking and seafaring heritage, the nautical-themed bed combines the craftsmanship of Chilton’s design with Sea Bags’ repurposed sailcloth.

“We are delighted for the opportunity to work with Sea Bags to make this vision a reality,” said Jen Levin, Chilton co-owner. “As a Maine furniture company, we were excited to use sailcloth as a headboard for this bed, both for comfort and to honor Maine’s nautical heritage.”

The frame for the High Mast Bed is a modern interpretation of a classic four poster bed. It is an original Chilton design with clean lines and turned legs shaped to resemble the front legs of the Alfred Village rocking chair, an authentic Shaker chair currently sold only at Chilton and the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.

The headboard for the bed was designed and manufactured by Sea Bags from genuine repurposed sailcloth. The sailcloth headboard is affixed securely to the headpost “masts” with nickel grommets and marine rope, giving the headboard a distinct, nautical look.

“After sails have soaked up years of salt, sun, fun and adventure, we carefully hand-picked and prepared the sails for each headboard,” said Beth Shissler, president of Sea Bags. “With the original sail stitching and markings, they retain the essence of what they were and where they’ve been, which makes each one truly unique. Our collaboration with Chilton is a great way for two Maine companies to work together to create a great piece for your home. It truly is a limited-edition piece.”

The beds will be available in maple, cherry or oak hardwood frames along with a selection of sailcloth colors. The High Mast Bed is available for purchase at Chilton’s showrooms in Freeport and Scarborough or online at

Additional information about Chilton Furniture Co. can be found online at

Additional information about Sea Bags of Maine can be found here

About Chilton Furniture
Founded in 1885, Chilton Furniture is a family-owned, Maine company dedicated to selling fine wood furniture, all American-made. Specializing in Shaker-inspired, as well as Cottage, Scandinavian and Japanese-inspired furniture, their collections feature clean lines and quality craftsmanship, following their guiding principles of utility, quality and simplicity. For more information, visit their showrooms in Freeport and Scarborough, Maine.  You may also browse their full collection or request a complimentary catalog on their website at

About Sea Bags
Founded in 1999, Sea Bags started making fun, functional and stylish totes from reclaimed sailcloth in the historic Old Port district of Portland, Maine. Today, the company makes a diverse line of totes, bags, and home goods, all featuring material from sails that were once actively used. The extensive use of reclaimed sailcloth is unique to Sea Bags. Signs of hard sailing can be seen in every Sea Bags creation, making them as individual and unique as their owner. To learn more about Sea Bags and the stories their sails tell, go to, visit them at 25 Custom House Wharf in Portland, Maine or at their retail stores in Camden and Freeport, ME; Cape May, NJ; Chatham, Rockport, Newburyport, Mashpee and Oak Bluffs, MA; Mystic, CT; Greenport, NY; Portsmouth, NH; and Annapolis, MD.