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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.

A Ceiling You Can Look Up To

A Ceiling You Can Look Up To

This striking cathedral ceiling with antique oak is one you can look up to and admire. More and more new homes are utilizing wood planking for walls and ceilings. Planked ceilings add visual texture and interest, creating great focal points in a room. So, the next time you are considering remodeling a room, look up and think about the addition of wood to your ceiling. Wood paneling offers a natural element, unique contrast and warmth to any room. The wide-range of options include from a rustic, rough-hewn vibe, a painted paneled ceiling (beach side cottage style) a contemporary look with bleached planks, or many other possibilities. If you can think it up, we can provide you with the wood. If your budget is small, focus on a smaller area like a bathroom, a single wall or wainscoting. Wood is timeless and in most situations, it won’t peel, chip or need maintenance for many years. Whether it’s a ceiling, back-splash or border, we’ve got a sample-filled showroom to help you choose the wood that best suits your style and room.