The secret is out and has been for a while. Amish furniture is high quality. It’s the kind of furniture that’s built so well it can be passed on for generations to enjoy. Another secret that’s out is that custom Amish furniture costs more. If you want to bring home this caliber of wood furniture, it will cost more than furniture made of lesser materials. You won’t find Amish furniture in big box stores or… How Can I Tell It’s Really Amish Made Furniture?Read More How Can I Tell It’s Really Amish Made Furniture?
Build it quicker. Get it faster. Machines that can do what humans do are incredible. Let them do the work to build more, faster. That’s better, right? Or is it? Mass production often leads to products of lesser quality. Rushing just won’t deliver the same quality that taking time will. As products and clothing wear out, break down and get thrown out, consumers must replace them. As we look to the future to live in… Why Authentic Craftsmanship MattersRead More Why Authentic Craftsmanship Matters
Sustainable living is one of the year’s shining trends, including an increased awareness and use of sustainable furniture for the home. More and more households are not only aware of the growing need to be kind to the planet, but are committing to supporting the practice of going green. We’re embracing the value of sustainable furnishings not only for the planet, but for our family, our friends and ourselves. Within the groups of sustainable practices… Sustainable Furniture: More Than Just A Design TrendRead More Sustainable Furniture: More Than Just A Design Trend
Always popular on Timber to Table are our guest posts by Erik Wesner. Erik runs the Amish America website (www.amishamerica.com) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/AmishAmerica). Welcome back Erik! Like any other people, the Amish, both young and old, enjoy various games and entertainment. While you won’t find video game consoles or other worldly, high-tech entertainment devices in Amish homes, they do manage to find many forms of recreation that fit within their culture and beliefs. And like many things Amish,… Amish Games and EntertainmentRead More Amish Games and Entertainment
Perhaps you’ve visited areas of Amish country and stopped in at shops with home baked goods, canned vegetables, quilts and other handmade items. Perhaps on a special trip to the rolling hills of Amish country you encountered some shops that featured the smell of fresh sawdust, and you happened upon some exceptional Amish made solid wood furniture. There’s a difference about Amish made wood furniture that’s undeniable. Anyone who has seen it or touched it… Where Can I Buy Amish Furniture?Read More Where Can I Buy Amish Furniture?
Ever wonder what the Amish read? Always popular on Timber to Table, are our guest posts by Erik Wesner. Erik runs the Amish America website (www.amishamerica.com) and YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/AmishAmerica). Welcome back Erik! Amish people tend to be big readers. This makes sense when you consider they generally don’t indulge in digital entertainment like most of the rest of us. Reading “dead-tree” sources like books and monthly publications not only fills Amish “down time,” it… What the Amish ReadRead More What the Amish Read
In the age of Amazon where delivery drivers are literally running to our doors to deliver packages and online pre-ordering allows us to pull in and grab our merchandise, we’ve gotten used to getting things fast. One thing we didn’t expect to add to our waitlist was furniture. The good news is, there are solutions and answers to getting quality furniture a little faster. Roughly a year ago, the furniture industry saw an explosion in… How to Shorten the Wait for New FurnitureRead More How to Shorten the Wait for New Furniture
Guest Post by Erik Wesner Despite some depictions of the Amish as isolated, outdated and old-fashioned, Amish are in fact “plugged-in” to the economy and business world in a number of ways. So let’s have a look at some common questions on the Amish and money-like: Where do Amish do their shopping? Do they barter? How do they buy homes and fund businesses? Are there Amish millionaires? Barter Contrary to what some might think, the… 6 Things You Might Not Know About the Amish and MoneyRead More 6 Things You Might Not Know About the Amish and Money
They wanted to follow Jesus in their own way and refused to serve in the military. They sought a life separate from the culture where they lived in order to speak their own language and continue their way of life. And they were persecuted, imprisoned, and fined. They sold their land, uprooted their communities, and found new homes. But when they discovered that no place in Europe was safe, they packed all their belongings into… Mennonite Furniture vs. Amish FurnitureRead More Mennonite Furniture vs. Amish Furniture
Quilts are special. Whether you made one yourself, inherited a family heirloom, or received one as a gift, they are works of art that you might want to showcase. Sure you can throw them over a sofa or the back of a chair, but handmade quilts, in particular, should be handled carefully in order to maintain their beauty. Here are four safe and popular ways to display treasured quilts. Ways To Display A Quilt The… 4 Popular Ways to Display a QuiltRead More 4 Popular Ways to Display a Quilt
Many of us took a good look around last year. Inside and around our homes, that is. As the COVID-19 pandemic drove many of us into our houses and kept us there, we took notice of what furniture we needed to set up a home office, what rooms needed an upgrade, and ways to create more effective storage options. At the top of the list, we also looked for furniture that would bring us comfort… The American Lumber Shortage: What You Need to Know for Solid Wood FurnitureRead More The American Lumber Shortage: What You Need to Know for Solid Wood Furniture
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 CommunitiesRead More Unusual Amish Communities
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 TravelRead More 10 Ways Amish People Travel
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 PostRead More Why Does It Take So Long to Receive Amish Furniture? A Slow Furniture Movement Post
Sustainable, warm and unique, barnwood furniture is making its mark. At DutchCrafters, our Amish woodworkers take pride in their sustainable practices and crafting with reclaimed wood embraces sustainability on a whole new level. While there’s no doubt barnwood furniture is beautiful, the story goes much deeper than just knocking down barns and making furniture out of them. The Urban Barnwood Collection here at DutchCrafters is in high demand, and when Jonathan Fell, the sales manager… The Urban Barnwood CollectionRead More The Urban Barnwood Collection