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Who are the Amish?
The Amish are a Christian group whose religious beliefs require them to live simple lives. They usually avoid mixing with outsiders, driving motor vehicles, and even using electricity from the electric power grid. While traditionally farmers, the Amish are also known for their craft trades, including furniture making; and their strong work ethic leads to furniture that is high quality and long lasting.
Types of Amish furniture
The Amish make all types of furniture, including bedroom sets, hutches, and patio sets, as well as kitchen tables and chairs. Cribs, high chairs, cradles, and other baby furniture items are commonly offered, as well as furniture for young children. Amish furniture is typically patterned in either a Shaker or Mission style, both of which are simple and unadorned.
Quality furniture construction
Amish furniture is all handcrafted, so no two pieces are identical: even matching pieces will have different grain patterns. You will rarely find particleboard, fiberboard or hard-pressed timber in Amish furniture. Instead, it is made from solid hardwood, usually oak, cherry, or maple. Even backs of furniture that are not meant to be seen may be made of finished plywood. Joints are dovetailed, corners are hand-mitered, and chair legs are both glued and screwed so they will not wobble under stress. Staining is also done by hand, giving each piece a rich, hand-rubbed finish.
How to buy Amish furniture
The Amish do not generally use the telephone or the Internet, but they do allow non-Amish friends to help them contact furniture buyers and customers. Because the furniture is hand-made, customers can often select their design style and wood type. In addition, many Amish communities sell their furniture to outlet stores, which in turn sell it to the public.
If you are looking for unique, high quality, long lasting furniture for your home, it is hard to compete with Amish furniture for Old World craft and style.
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Visit these websites to find a good selection of furniture and craft items made by Amish woodworkers and craftsmen in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Illinois.
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