Amish Handcrafted Furniture - A Modern Heirloom

By: Sarika Kabra

When you say the word Amish, for a lotof people what first comes to mind is the old fashioned, horse drawn buggy.There are a lot of concepts associated with the Amish people and their way oflife such as living a simple, technologically unaided life, living a traditionallife engaging in professions such as farming, craft making and others whichinvolve working by hand and which do not involve modern conveniences such asthe telephone, electricity, the television and automated vehicles etc. TheAmish are known for living in their own self-reliant communities which havelimited contact with main stream society.

Because of their old fashioned,traditional style of making crafts by hand and usually without help of modernmachinery, has come to meanfurniture that is handcrafted, made of 100% natural materials, durable, with greatattention to detail. In short has almost come tomean furniture that is a work of art in itself!

The unique quality about is that ishas a heirloom quality, I timeless look that never goes out of fashion anddesigns that are not held hostage by fickle trends which are here today andgone tomorrow. This kind of furniture is built to last, so that reinforces itsheirloom like quality. Most pieces of Amish furniture are handcrafted fromsolid oak, cherry, and maple. When crafting Amish furniture solid wood boardsare used in an arrangement that enhances the look and durability of eachfurniture piece.

The Amish people live by a set ofbeliefs that prevent the use of modern conveniences such as electricity, so itfollows that the tools used for Amish handcrafted furniture usually do not useelectricity. They are often powered by hydraulic and pneumatic power. While theaid of some mechanization may sometimes be used, most often the detailing andfinishing is done by hand. This ensures the finest quality of workmanship.

There are certain distinctive styles ofAmish made furniture. For instance there is the Mission style which has uncluttered, even lines and exposed joinery. Then thereis the Shaker style which is recognized for its simplicity, innovative joinery,quality, and functionality. A more ornate style for Amish furniture is the QueenAnne style which is very different from the earlier mentioned styles which areplain and functional in nature. By contrast the Queen Anne style is moretraditional, often rendered with ornate carving and detailing.

With few Amish children obtaininghigher education, Amish woodcraft skills are often passed on from generation togeneration, with father teaching son the tricks of the trade.

Since their beliefs usually precludemodern marketing and selling practices there are other non-Amish people whocommission and purchase the furniture pieces from the Amish themselves and thenmake them available to the public at large. Increasingly now, online sitesoffer people the option of buying Amish made handcrafted furniture which isknown for its superior quality, traditional methods of making and a timelessbeauty. Now anyone can take the advantage of buying Amish furniture, which isbeautiful, will last for generations to come in styles and designs that gobeyond both time and personal style preferences.

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