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The Amish Workshops

The Amish Workshops

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.”

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.