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Amish & Mennonites
Discover more about Amish and Mennonite beliefs, history and lifestyles.
New designer wanting to familiarize yourself with furniture terminology? Need to link to a helpful cheat sheet for quick reference? Shopping for furniture and simply curious about the features? This furniture glossary defines with pictures and words many terms that are used to characterize fine furniture.
Want to learn more about the origins of Shaker Furniture, the Windsor Chair or other furniture types? Here's you'll find a rich resource.
Hear about the DutchCrafters Difference through the voices of its founders, woodshops and customer service team. Four helpful videos will give you an overview!
Want to learn more about the various wood types offered at DutchCrafters? Visit this page to learn more.
DutchCrafters at a Decade
Learn more about DutchCrafters for our 10th anniversary in 2013!
Known for their plain dress, simple living, and disinterest in modern technologies, the Amish have largely kept out of the limelight. In fact, since their split from Christianity in the 16th century, the Amish have strived to live outside the influence of modern society, forming small communities in Europe and later, in the United States. They have maintained stringent customs, like signing off away modern technology. But new reality television shows like Amish Mafia and Amish in the City are thrusting these peaceful, private people into mainstream media. And while these shows claim to reveal the private (and seemingly dramatic) lives of the Amish, the staggering inaccuracies of these shows only perpetuate myths of the Amish lifestyle.
This infographic reveals the true daily lives of the Amish, their customs, and a look at the violent discrimination they faced in 16th and 17th century Europe. While it may be difficult for you to fathom the idea of leading a similar lifestyle, take a moment to learn about the Amish. You may be surprised by what you read.