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Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Businesses

Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Businesses

Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, guest blogs for us today, all about:

Amish Businesses

If you’ve traveled through an Amish community lately, you may have noticed any number of roadside stands, small shops and signs advertising food and other goods for sale.

Amish entrepreneurs can be found in nearly every Amish community, and in some places have surpassed farmers in number. Today, Amish run thousands of companies across North America, from one-person workshops to large manufacturers employing 30 or more people.

In this article we look at why business has proven so attractive, and successful for the Amish, the types of businesses they run, and more.

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DutchCrafters Living Room Entertainment Rivals: Round One - TV Stands vs. Fireplace Units

DutchCrafters Living Room Entertainment Rivals: Round One – TV Stands vs. Fireplace Units

DutchCrafters Living Room Entertainment Rivals: Round One!

Just in time for the NFL season! What kind of living room entertainment stand suits you, your friends, and your team? There’s only one way to find out: The Inaugural DutchCrafters Living Room Entertainment Bracket, kicking off this week with a tense showdown between our convenient corner entertainment centers and our world-class Amish fireplaces.

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Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Children

Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Children

Happy Monday, everyone!  Say hello again to our friend Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, here to tell us more about the lives of Amish children.

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Hey Baby! 3 Nursery Furniture Essentials

Hey, Baby! 3 Nursery Furniture Essentials

With the fall almost upon us, it seems as if adorable new family members are popping up everywhere! And that’s no coincidence, either: Data shows that the months of September and October are the most baby-crazy time of the year in the United States. This season is no different for our Amish woodworkers and their families, so we sat down with them for a final once-over of our range of nursery furniture essentials. This checklist is what we came up with – including 10% off any rocking chair, crib, cradle, nursery set, or changing table with the code HEYBABY.

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Everything You Want to Know About: Types of Amish

Everything You Want to Know About: Types of Amish

Say hello again to Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, as he explains the different types of Amish groups spread across the country:

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CHOOSING YOUR DINING TABLE STYLE

The New Dining Table: Choosing Your Dining Table Style

Creating a dazzling dining room begins with the perfect table. With so many designs to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. So, since we’ve already tried to help out with what size dining table you might want, and also what dining table shape would fit, let’s try it one more way: What’s your dining table style? Here are four styles, by personality:

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Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Transportation

Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Transportation

We’re welcoming Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, back to the Timber to Table blog today, to tell us a little bit more about Amish transportation – horse and buggy, and beyond!

Erik, you’re up!

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The New Dining Table: What Dining Table Shape Do I Need

The New Dining Table: What Dining Table Shape Do I Need?

Simply suitable dining tables tend to linger long after you’ve stopped loving them. The one you have is okay, it’s workable, but is it the best dining table shape for your current home? Since it’s a substantial piece of furniture, and one that requires a considerable time and $$ investment, it can seem indulgent to buy a new table when the one you have is in perfectly good order. Whether you’ve decided it’s time to up your dining game (thumbs up!), or to grin and bear your current situation, we’ll help you find your ideal (or work with your present) dining table shape.

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Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Church

Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Church

We’re welcoming Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive,  back to the blog to discuss another interesting facet of Amish life: the Amish Church.

“The Amish are widely recognized as a devout people. God—and by extension the church—is the center of Amish life. Not just something they do on Sunday, the church is very much a part of everyday life.”

Read more of Erik’s explanation:

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The New Dining Table: What Size Dining Table Do I Need?

The New Dining Table: What Size Dining Table Do I Need?

Most of you would agree that your dining table will be the focal point of your dining space – and, in some cases, your entire home. A resurgence in modern, more open layouts for newer homes has led to dining tables that serve as creative project spots, kids’ homework desks, family game tables, and dinner prep counters – as well as the main component of an optimal dining area. Today, we’ll focus on step 1 of the search for the perfect piece: Deciding what size dining table is best for you.

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Everything you Want to Know About: Amish Clothing

Everything you Want to Know About: Amish Clothing

Say hello to Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, as he joins us again to explain a facet of Amish life that most of us English folk find curious: Amish Clothing.

Welcome back & take it away, Erik –

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3-Comfy-Casual-Ways-with-a-Wine-Rack

3 Comfy Casual Ways with a Wine Rack

I heard this myth that most homes in rural France have small wine cellars, just like the rest of us (Stateside) have cluttered basements. Now, I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is? They’re missing out on a classic, convenient wine rack. One of these three will look at least twice as good as wandering down to the basement for a refill.

Like what you see? Take 10% off any wine rack or wine cabinet for a limited time with code: WINE10

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Everything You Want To Know About: The Amish & Technology

Everything You Want to Know About: The Amish and Technology

We’re welcoming Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, back to the blog to explain another aspect of Amish life that . . . confuses outsiders, to say the least. What, exactly, is the relationship between the Amish and technology? Do go on, Mr. Wesner . . .

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Don't Miss this Wedding Season Trend: The Wedding Wagon!

Don’t Miss this Wedding Season Trend: The Wedding Wagon!

With the peak of the wedding season almost upon us, we’ve been hearing more and more about one of the season’s emerging trends: the miniature wedding wagon. These adorable, endlessly versatile pieces lend themselves easily to almost any part of the big day. Read on for our top five ways to bring this delightful trend to your nuptials!

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Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Families

Everything You Want to Know About: Amish Families

We’re welcoming Erik Wesner, author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive, back to the Timber to Table blog to tell us about the (extensive!) Amish family unit – you may be surprised by the similarity between Amish families and your own!

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get this look: light + sunny stone eat-in kitchen

Get This Look: Light + Sunny Stone Eat-In Kitchen

You’re getting warmer . . . As the summer heat descends, we’re drawn to the cool, refreshing environs of a stone eat-in kitchen to beat the power of the oven. The trick here? Keeping it cozy yet bright.

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Everything You Want to Know About Amish Beliefs

Everything You Want to Know About Amish Beliefs

We’re so pleased to welcome Erik Wesner back to the blog! Today, he tells you a bit about the rather intriguing and sometimes confusing realm of Amish beliefs. Take it away, Erik!

While Amish society is more diverse than you might think—with some Amish being more progressive and others more conservative—there are a number of core beliefs which all share in common.

Here are five key beliefs of the Amish:

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The Ultimate Guide to Buying an Amish Desk

8 Office Desks That’ll Get YOUR Job Done

A practical office desk that allows for an efficient workflow is essential for any businessperson, head of household, student or serious crafter. Bonus points awarded for an office or home office desk that looks just as good as it works.

Click through for our guide to buying an office desk that’s built for YOUR workload plus a special offer :-)!

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How to Season a New Cigar Humidor by Dutchcrafters

How to Season a New Cigar Humidor

The use of a finely calibrated cigar humidor will ensure your favorite stogies never go stale, keep their intended taste and aroma, and are ready to smoke when you’re ready to enjoy them.

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8 Summer Party Must-Dos from our Poly Wood Outdoor Furniture Photo Shoot by DutchCrafters

8 Summer Party Must-Dos from our Poly Wood Outdoor Furniture Photo Shoot

Summer is unofficially here, and our Poly Wood outdoor furniture photo shoot reminded us of some key summer party must haves and must-dos to inspire your next fete!

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Meet the Amish Furniture Maker: Luxury Office Furniture Collection

Meet the Amish Furniture Makers: Luxury Office Furniture Collection

Falling in love with James and his five sons, the Amish furniture makers who handcraft our Luxury Office Furniture collection, is just as easy as falling in love with the impeccable, solid wood desks they’ve been building since 2002. Warm and fatherly, James leads us around his cobbled shop, through room after appended room of buzzing and sanding, eager to share his work and future plans with us.

COUPON CODE AFTER THE JUMP

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Lay the Foundation: Nursery Furniture to Inspire Great Beginnings

Lay the Foundation: Nursery Furniture to Inspire Great Beginnings

While there are a few everyday differences between our way of life and the culture of our Amish woodworkers, we share one defining value in common: our families are at the very heart of everything we do. So when you’re starting to decorate a new nursery, we suggest making solid, safe, and beautiful Amish nursery furniture the foundation of your room. Then, let your dreams for baby’s bright future (and your love of animal prints, baby elephants, glittering mobiles . . . ) take it from there.  Read more…

Stories from Amish Country: Spring 2015

Stories from Amish Country: Spring 2015

Furniture-making is a craft, and we respect our Amish woodworkers for elevating that craft with every hand-rubbed, hand-stitched, hand-carved, and heartfelt piece of furniture they build for the DutchCrafters brand. Each season, you’ll find us visiting their Amish Country woodshops to see new designs, to hear about new processes, and — in Spring 2015 — to discover some brand new rustic hickory furniture.

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Spring Patio: 3 Garden Planter Ideas to Deck Out Your Deck

Spring Patio: 3 Garden Planter Ideas to Deck Out Your Deck

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, May brings with it some of the most vibrant and magnificent outdoor displays that the year has to offer. It seems as though almost everyone’s outside – weddings, picnics, holidays, those long afternoons with a book that we can’t stop dreaming about – and all of that calls for outdoor décor to match these bright, vibrant days. So, we’ve taken a little time away from the sunshine to round up these ideas for seasonal garden planter arrangements that’ll fit any space!

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Father's Day Gift - Creative Corners  Designed for Dad by DutchCrafters

Father’s Day Gift Picks

We’d like to offer a warm welcome back to Interior Designer Emily Wignall, presenting her favorite Father’s Day gift ideas to us, straight from her blog, Anatomy of Design. Get Dad in your corner with these great ideas for a “Dad’s Corner”!

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The Modern Hunter's Man Cave - Three Ways With a Wood Gun Cabinet by DutchCrafters

The Modern Hunter’s Man Cave: 3 Ways with a Wood Gun Cabinet

From the Northeast to the Southwest, many celebrated fathers consider hunting an important part of both their and their children’s upbringing. Whether part of a subterranean man cave, an upscale lodge on the lake, or a backwoods huntin’ camp (that’s what my Grampy called his), storing the tools of the trade in a safe, wood gun cabinet is a surefire way to class the place up a touch.

SCORE! SALECODE AFTER THE JUMP —>

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A PLACE TO PLAY ON A RAINY DAY: KIDS TABLE AND CHAIRS DEFEAT WET WEATHER BLUES

A Place to Play on a Rainy Day: Kids’ Table and Chairs Defeat Wet Weather Blues

April showers keeping the kids trapped indoors? No problem! Rainy days bring just as much opportunity for fun and learning as the balmy heights of summer. Read on for some inspiration to tide you and your little loves through even the stormiest of April showers! And if you’re looking for a handmade, child-approved activity space, complete with kids’ table and chairs, we’ve got a few ideas for those, too.

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DAZZLING SUMMER COLOR COMBINATIONS! by DutchCrafters

9 Dazzling Summer Color Combinations for Your Outdoor Furniture

Adding two or three new colors to your outdoor furniture and decor can completely change the look of your outdoor rooms. Lucky for everyone, our eco-friendly poly wood outdoor furniture comes in a dizzying array of fantastic options to freshen up your deck, patio or backyard! Consider one of these designer-approved, naturally-themed combinations to impress and delight in your outdoor living space this Earth Day . . . and beyond!

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Three Ways to Grow Herbs by Dutchcrafters

3 Ways to Grow Herbs for Fresh Kitchen Flavors and Good Garden Looks

Read on for our top tips, tricks, and ideas for bringing a little touch of the countryside to your space. Whether you’ve got a garden, porch, deck, balcony or windowsill, we’ve got the tools and planters you need to grow herbs for a beautiful and bountiful herb garden!

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5 Ways to Organize your Living Room with a Bookcase

5 Ways to Organize your Living Room with a Bookcase

How’s your living room feeling this spring? Light? Tidy? Primed & ready for swarms of summer visitors? If your answers are shrugs and sighs and shakes of the head, let Emily Wignall from Anatomy of Design show you some clever ways to organize your living room with one simple piece: the bookcase!

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