traditional Mennonite corner cabinet

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This corner cabinet is made and finished in a traditional style, with a yellow pine base wood, and then faux grained and hand painted. Every outside surface is hand-grained and/or painted to simulate (although not necessarily duplicate) the look of wood grain. It is an historic tradition, some of which is very realistic, and some of which is more artistic and interpretive. This piece follows the design of a similar piece from the mid-1800’s. I design and build these historic interpretations of traditional Mennonite furniture from the Vistual Delta region of Poland. All parts, including the brass hinges and door latch, were made in my shop.

-- Daryl

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 07:11 PM

Very beautiful cabinet, love the total design and craftsmanship.
You did a wonderful job on the “graining” and colors. Would love to see a blog
on how something like this is done.

Do you have any pics of the inside?

Again, fantastic job and thanks for posting

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 07:13 PM

A beautiful piece of updated history as it were…

When I think of the craftsmanship and styles of the various religious communities such as the Amish, Mennonites, etc… I tend to think of Quaker and Mission as furniture styles, but Amish and Mennonite as both religious traditions from which the high degree of craftsmanship is a part of their daily worship. So what qualifies this as a “Mennonite” piece? Is there an established Mennonite style in Europe?

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 07:28 PM

Good questions…............this piece is a part of my personal history and tradition, as documented in a book titled ” Mennonite Furniture – A Migrant Tradition (1766-1910)”. A museum in my home town has many examples of this style, some hand-grained, some clear finished, and many quite elaborate. The base wood is typically of “lesser” quality (or so it was thought), and then the graining and/or inlay, and even painted or applied decals of flowers, etc, were intended to “dress up” the piece. It is really quite an artistic expression from what is generally thought, as you said, to be a fairly austere and simple tradition. The Mennonite experience spans a wide variety of historic traditions, and this piece simply expresses mine, and gives me a chance to re-interpret the style. This piece is really a down-sized version of a larger wardrobe style piece, and many of those pieces reflect the architectural influences from the Vistula Delta region during that time period.


-- Daryl

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 07:42 PM

This piece is very well done and your narrative about it is very interesting. I grew up in a community with many Mennonite families and churches. I did not know that their was a particular furniture style associated with the Mennonites. Thank you for sharing this.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 08:21 PM

Very good (great) looking cabinet. I love it when someone researches an old tradition/pattern/design style and applies it.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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#6 posted 01-11-2011 08:35 PM

I wouldn’t have had a CLUE what style it is, unless you had posted it.

Whatever it is … it’s beautiful.

Very nice work !

I liked dbhost’s question. I’m wondering, though, whether traditional Mennonite pieces are as ornate as yours. I think of Shaker, Quaker, Amish, and Mennonite as rather “austere” sects. I wouldn’t ordinarily associate them with the “pretty bits” in your piece.

Is THAT an area where you put a fair bit of your own “spin” on their design ?

In either case … great stuff !

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 01-12-2011 04:27 AM


Your corner cabinet is outstanding. About how large is it?

Thanks for sharing the picture as well as the history.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 01-12-2011 07:29 AM

The cabinet is made to sit on a corner wall shelf (traditionally painted black), so while it might appear to be a fairly large unit, it only measures approximately 40 inches in height, with the shelf mounted to the wall corner about 30 inches above the floor.

-- Daryl

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#9 posted 01-20-2011 08:26 AM

Awesome job on your cabiner, beautiful craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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