All of our furniture is made in small Amish shops in western
Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. The Amish or “Plain People”
originated in Switzerland. They arrived in this country via
Holland in the early 18th century and settled in Pennsylvania
under William Penn where they were granted a haven from religious
persecution. They have been able to preserve their German language
and their way of life based on their conservative Christian
religion which is centered in the Bible concept “Be ye
not conformed to the world.”
Each of the woodworking shops is located on the family farm
in the pristine rolling countryside. The craftsmen have developed
techniques for manufacturing furniture and wood accessories
without the use of electricity, which is not allowed in the
Amish community. A limited number of power tools are driven
by diesel engines and line-shafts, but much hand workmanship
is involved in everything they do. All of their products are
made from solid wood (mostly local hardwoods like Oak, Cherry
and Hickory) with no veneers, particle board, or synthetic materials.
Careful selection of the hardwood lumber for its end use allows
steam bending to provide comfort fitting of rocker and chair
backs or graceful curvatures on the arms.
Their workshops tend to specialize in certain types of furniture
-- all of our rockers and single gliders are made in one shop,
but the two and three seater gliders are made in a different
shop. Another shop makes the major pieces like beds, dressers,
chests, armoires; another specializes in tables of all sizes
and styles; while still another does all small pieces such as
quilt racks, children’s furniture, end tables and the
like. Altogether there are more than 10 shops making all of
the items we stock. Pieces can come natural or in a limited
number of stains. All are coated with a clear commercial finish.
Part of the Amish ethic engages the young people in these trades
and/or farming so that these communities are deeply family oriented
with a strong work-directed climate and high standards of performance
and industry. This is reflected in the workmanship in every
product we sell. New styles and types of furniture are constantly
being developed so our showroom stock is continually changing.
We can special order pieces not in stock at any given time,
and even can have custom-designed pieces made on occasion.
Amish women produce a wide range of hand-stitched home furnishing
items. We sell full size bed quilts, wall hangings, table toppers,
place mats, pillows, and a number of attractive, unique small
decorative items. Almost a lost art, these hand-stitched pieces
are reminiscent of a by-gone age.