All posts by "Beth Rice"

Beth Rice is a content writer for DutchCrafters Amish Furniture. She is the primary author of Timber to Table blog posts and has spent the last several years researching and providing knowledge on wood types, furniture styles, and design trends. As a busy mother of two, Beth understands the value of furniture in helping create a welcoming home for family and friends, and often writes on the ways our furniture can help support that. Beth is a published author with a gift for identifying the special moments in everyday life. Most recently, she had a short story included in Chicken Soup for the Soul's "My Amazing Mom" edition. Since 2012, the DutchCrafters Timber to Table blog has been providing customers and other readers with furniture and interior design tips, information about the Amish, and woodworkers’ stories.

The Benefits of Having an Outdoor Fire Pit Made of Poly

Beth Rice 18/06/2020

The outdoor fire pit is a great place to relax, gather and socialize, and to enjoy the views of your property as you take in some fresh air. Providing warmth and comfort and a unique outdoor attraction, the outdoor fire pit is a place perfect for reading, chatting, enjoying a drink, making some s’mores and taking a break from life’s chaos. These days, it’s easy to add an outdoor fire pit to your serene scene… The Benefits of Having an Outdoor Fire Pit Made of Poly

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas: How About Amish Furniture?

Beth Rice 11/06/2020

If you’re looking for a unique Father’s Day gift idea, one that will provide Dad with something that lasts, that brings him comfort, that he’ll brag about to his friends and that’s made in the USA, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got popular Amish furniture ideas that are sure to make the coolest Father’s Day gifts ever! What Amish furniture items make the best Father’s Day gifts? Let’s take a look. For An… Father’s Day Gift Ideas: How About Amish Furniture?

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Working at Home With Pets

Beth Rice 21/05/2020

Larry likes to lay on a work binder. Shadow keeps pressing the caps lock. Neeko likes to bark at new students on Zoom calls and Toto? Well, Toto just wants to help. That’s right we’re talking about our pets who have become our new “work assistants” as we maneuver working from home. Perhaps you are experiencing this extra time with your pets too. While some of our pets are overjoyed at having us home, some… Working at Home With Pets

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10 Fun Mother’s Day Activities

Beth Rice 07/05/2020

There’s nothing more important to a mother than the health and safety of her family. While there won’t likely be brunches out, trips to the spa, or visits with extended family this year, I promise that won’t matter to her. You don’t need to worry if you didn’t get to shop for that perfect gift or go to the florist to get her fresh flowers. Spending time with family at home, over Zoom or Facetime… 10 Fun Mother’s Day Activities

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Books to Escape With: Some Recommendations While You Are Home

Beth Rice 23/04/2020

Remember story time when you were a kid? Whether it was at the local library, in the rocking chair with grandma, or tucked on the couch before bed with mom or dad, story time had that magical way of taking our minds to another place where the characters could just take us away…. We thought it might be a good time to share some good reads while we all need a little escape. Here’s what… Books to Escape With: Some Recommendations While You Are Home

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Unusual Amish Communities

Beth Rice 09/04/2020

You might be surprised to hear that Amish communities can and do differ. Erik Wesner, founder of amishamerica.com, a great source of information on everything Amish, contributes this guest blog about how practices among Amish communities vary. Unusual Amish Communities by Erik Wesner The Amish might at first glance seem like a uniform group of people. Plain clothes, beards, buggies…yet within the 2500+ Amish congregations, there is a surprising amount of variety. While all Amish… Unusual Amish Communities

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Tips for Setting Up A Work From Home Space

Beth Rice 02/04/2020

Working from home? We’re with you! Looking to set up a work from home space that’s free of distractions, full of comfort and that you can adapt to easily? We can help. Here are some tips for setting up your work from home space. Setting Up A Work From Home Space CHOOSE WISELY Pick a designated workspace that will work with you and for you. This will be your hub of production, your area that… Tips for Setting Up A Work From Home Space

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How to Protect and Care for Outdoor Wood Furniture

Beth Rice 26/03/2020

As we spend more time at home during this time of social distancing, some of those projects we always mean to get to can rise to the top of the list. Like outdoor wood furniture. When was the last time you cleaned yours? To extend the life of your outdoor wood furniture, occasional cleaning is recommended. What’s the best way to go about cleaning it, and what are some tips to help protect it? Let’s… How to Protect and Care for Outdoor Wood Furniture

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10 Ways You Can Customize an Amish Wood Desk

Beth Rice 19/03/2020

Amish wood desks are special. Not just because they’re pretty and made with solid wood, but because they are customizable and customizations give you options. An Amish wood desk can have the look, the features and the function that will serve you best. Here are 10 ways you can customize an Amish wood desk to be the desk you like to use, look at, own and pass on for generations to come. Get ready.  It’s… 10 Ways You Can Customize an Amish Wood Desk

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5 Outdoor Furniture Trends for 2020

Beth Rice 12/03/2020

What’s happening this year with outdoor furniture? Is poly outdoor furniture showcasing something new? Are there new wooden outdoor furniture ideas? What are the looks for outdoors? We’re focusing on 5 Outdoor Furniture Trends for 2020 featuring some fashionable poly outdoor furniture and wooden outdoor furniture for your home. 1. Outdoor Accent Chairs Take Center Stage A popular grouping for patio, porch or poolside features outdoor accent chairs taking center stage. You can create a… 5 Outdoor Furniture Trends for 2020

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Cedar vs. Pine: Which is Best for Outdoor Furniture?

Beth Rice 05/03/2020

So you’ve decided you like the look of outdoor wood furniture and perhaps you’ve heard of the qualities that cedar and pine outdoor furniture possess. How do you choose? What does one have that the other doesn’t? We’re taking a look at outdoor cedar furniture versus outdoor pine furniture to see which one has the edge. Things to Love About Outdoor Cedar Furniture The Shades of Red Outdoor cedar furniture displays shades of reddish/pinkish brown… Cedar vs. Pine: Which is Best for Outdoor Furniture?

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10 Ways Amish People Travel

Beth Rice 27/02/2020

We are thrilled to have Erik Wesner, founder of amishamerica.com and author of Success Made Simple: An Inside Look at Why Amish Businesses Thrive contributing to Timber to Table. Erik has written several posts for us in years past, providing insight on different aspects of Amish life. Here Erik contributes the various ways Amish people get around, and it’s not always by horse and buggy! 10 Ways Amish People Travel by Erik Wesner In our… 10 Ways Amish People Travel

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Why Does It Take So Long to Receive Amish Furniture? A Slow Furniture Movement Post

Beth Rice 20/02/2020

Martin Yoder from Forks Valley Woodworking was speaking. As he stood in the conference room at our DutchCrafters corporate office in Sarasota, Florida telling us about a recent challenge with quarter sawn white oak wood, I thought, yes, this is what the slow furniture movement is about. Forks Valley Woodworking, which makes DutchCrafters Middlebury Collection, is one of over 150 Amish woodshops that makes Amish furniture for DutchCrafters. They produce stunning wall units for living… Why Does It Take So Long to Receive Amish Furniture? A Slow Furniture Movement Post

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The History of the Loveseat

Beth Rice 13/02/2020

Loveseats are loved for offering seating without taking up as much space as a sofa. They fit in small spaces and add color with attractive fabrics and leathers. Originally designed for two people….. Record scratch… Wait. Originally designed for what? Loveseats in fact, were not originally called loveseats, they were just seats. And they weren’t originally designed for two people. Loveseats were originally designed for a woman and…..her dress. That’s right, back in the Victorian… The History of the Loveseat

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Distressed Furniture: How Old Do You Want It to Look?

Beth Rice 06/02/2020

Furniture that’s weathered and worn can feel like it has a story to tell. Something aged like a dining table with nicks and worn edges that’s been loved and used feels familiar and welcoming. Coffee tables that show signs of enduring the kids’ coloring and nicks from Jenga spills indicate that they have been part of the family story for years. Furniture with some age to it develops its own character. Why Choose Distressing? Distressed… Distressed Furniture: How Old Do You Want It to Look?

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