The History Behind Handmade Amish Furniture

handmadefurniture-300x240  In a world that thrives on mass-produced goods and the newest technology, it can be easy to forget about the simple times of the past. Not for the Amish, a culture that thrives on hard work and modesty.

The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church fellowships with Swiss Anabaptist origins. Known as ‘the plain people,’ the Amish lifestyle is highly regulated to be orderly, religious, and values a large family and community. They also shun all technology, believing technology has the power to cause high competition and will make one less dependent on their community. Consequently, the Amish are incredibly self-sufficient.

A Culture of Their Own
During the early 18th century the Amish began immigrating to the United States, choosing to settle in Pennsylvania. They formed tight-knit communities dedicated to living simply without the convenience of modern technology. Because of this, the Amish were shunned by the surrounding American communities, but the Amish’s determination to live independent led them to start making their own handmade furniture.

Ingrained in Their Culture
With their emphasis on the importance of manual labor, a formal eighth-grade education is considered more than sufficient to thrive in their community. So, the Amish place a higher importance on the carpentry trade. Their woodworking traditions were handed down from generation to generation resulting in an incredibly high standard of quality.

First gaining attention in the 1920s with the rising popularity of American folk art, art dealers and historians placed a high value upon the beauty and quality of Amish handmade furniture.

Furniture Styles
Amish furniture is 100% handcrafted from one of the following types of wood: oak, cherry, hickory, walnut, or maple. Each Amish community has developed their own personal style, but they will all share a plain, elegant design aimed at functionality and durability.

The options are endless and have the ability to be custom made. Ranging from small sheds to store garden tools to Amish built garages, you can expect your pieces to last many years when you invest in Amish furniture. Because each piece represents a rich cultural heritage, Amish handmade furniture continues to appeal to consumers looking to connect with a simpler way of life.

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