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A Basic Guide to Amish Furniture

Published By: Lisa Fuller  -  Wednesday, March 16, 2016

HandmadeAmishFurnitureAmish furniture building stepped into history when early American folk art was discovered in the 1920s. It was during this time that dealers and historians placed great value on top quality, beautiful pieces. Today, Amish-made furniture is still the most sought-after furniture on the market.

Styles

There were many styles that Amish furniture took on, including southwestern, rustic, cottage and beachfront. However, the Mission, Shaker, and Queen Anne styles are the most popular. The Mission style is well known for its straight lines and exposed joints, which give the style a clean and modern look. Shaker has a very simplistic and basic design that is meant to be durable and functional while still maintaining an elegant look. The Queen Anne style is a contrast to the two aforementioned styles. It features a unique foot detail, hand carved ornamentation and moldings, giving this style a more traditional look.

Construction

There are specific design details that have been developed by Amish families. There are woodworkers that focus only on outdoor furniture, and other focus their attention on pieces for the interior of the home, such as the bedroom or living room. Because of the care taken when selecting the wood, no two pieces of furniture are ever the same. The grain is different on every piece of wood, and craftsmen highlight the features of individual pieces.

Each piece of furniture is hand-crafted using only hand tools or those that use hydraulic or pneumatic power from diesel compressors. They use a top-quality hardwood, such as white oak, maple, mahogany, or walnut. Because of its antique look, white oak is typically of the Mission style furniture. Mahogany and maple are typical for high-end furniture because of their extremely attractive quality. Walnut's ability to hold stains and polish easily makes it popular.

How to get it?

Amish beliefs prevent them from having electricity or a basic internet connection, therefore, they do not personally sell their work online. However, the Amish meet with dealers from all around the country in order to sell their furniture pieces. They also attend craft shows, furniture expositions in the states of Indiana and Ohio, where dealers are able to see the work first-hand. You can find top online dealers of Amish furniture with a quick web search. In order to create custom pieces that cater to your needs, a dealer can ask a builder they work with to take on the job for them. Try looking into an Amish furniture dealer in your area to gain a first-hand look at the quality of the product if you want to see a piece before purchasing it.

You can't go wrong with an Amish furniture purchase. It is built to last for decades, with little to no repairs when properly cared for. Investing in the beautiful work of the Amish is sure to be an investment you won't regret. After all, when it comes to family heirlooms Amish-built furnishings take the cake. You can't beat the quality of hand-crafted furnishings made by traditional artisans.

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