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Kent School, a private boarding school in Kent, CT was giving their old library a face-lift. Housatonic Hardwoods provided many new custom, solid wood shelf tops and other custom pieces through-out the library. All were stain matched to their other existing pieces. In addition, they wanted a welcome center which they could put at the front door of the library that would accommodate a computer work station and hide the power source. With a little coercion, we were able to convince one of our Amish furniture builders to construct this unusual piece out of oak with a curved front. We will work with you on any special piece you are looking to create.
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.