About the Amish
A Respected Tradition of Fine Craftsmanship
Many people today closely associate the Amish with a long, proud tradition of high-quality craftsmanship. For generations, these woodworkers have created some of the most beautiful, elegant wooden products and home accessories in the United States. Custom Amish furniture manufactured in this tradition reflects their meticulous attention to detail.
A Unique Heritage
The history of the Amish remains quite fascinating. During the Seventeenth Century, a group of Protestants broke away from the Mennonites to establish distinct religious communities. Many settled in North America, moving in large numbers to sites that would eventually lie within the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Although different groups of Amish-based sects sometimes adopt varying lifestyles today, in the past most chose to reside in agricultural enclaves. Many households refrained from using modern conveniences such as mechanized vehicles and electricity, preferring instead to rely upon traditional self-sufficient means of support. Farmers in these locations still often depend upon horse-drawn carriages and plows. They rely extensively on manual labor to harvest crops and complete numerous household tasks.
The culture of self-reliance and respect for physical labor in many of these religious communities has helped created generations of exceptional carpenters, builders, and skilled woodworkers. Elders often pass down their knowledge of woodworking techniques to younger generations through apprentice-style personal instruction, teaching careful attention to every aspect of designing, producing and finishing superbly crafted wood items.
From handmade carriages and wagons, to living room, dining room, bedroom and home office ensembles, the hardwood products created by these highly skilled woodworkers have attracted loyal buyers due to their impressive quality and durability. When many other commercial furniture makers adopted mass-production assembly techniques for the popular market, these artisans continued using time-tested woodworking tools and practices. Their work emphasizes the importance of every piece leaving the shop. Fine quality, rather than quantity or speed of manufacture, remains their hallmark.
A Solid Investment
Perhaps for this reason, the well-made furnishings so carefully shaped and polished by craftsmen working in this tradition sometimes retain value over the long term. The elegant hardwood tables, chairs, beds, desks, stools, bookcases and other items produced in this way with care last for extended periods of time without falling apart.
Artisans trained in the Amish-based woodworking tradition strive to create individual, beautiful pieces displaying rich wood grains and textures. They hope these solid works of fine craftsmanship will endure and bring pleasure to others for many years into the future!