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Forum topic by MyCountryStuff posted 04-23-2010 05:14 PM 1929 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MyCountryStuff

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04-23-2010 05:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: amish furniture handmade furniture country furniture

I’m interested to find out how many people make Amish furniture or are inspired in their own furniture projects by the Amish. I’m curious because I see a lot of Amish techniques in pieces that I or my buddies make, but it’s not necessarily a conscious decision. I realized this when I started to sell some of my pieces of handmade furniture and people were asking me if I was Amish!

-- Carl, Pennsylvania, http://www.mycountrystuff.com


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JimmyNate

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#1 posted 04-23-2010 07:04 PM

I’m honestly not sure what an Amish technique is. Is there a particular style or type of joinery?

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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Daren Nelson

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#2 posted 04-23-2010 07:05 PM

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hObOmOnk

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#3 posted 04-23-2010 07:12 PM

I’ve spent a lot of time with the Amish in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
There really is not a defined Amish furniture style.

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lumberdustjohn

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#4 posted 04-23-2010 07:55 PM

They build the same as we do except they use air motors instead of electric motors for drilling and screwing.
The table saws, shapers and dust collectors are the same except they are usually driven with a line shaft.

Some Churches allow them to use electric motors as long as they are generator driven.

Styles are customer driven. Just like other builders of fine furniture trying to draw in customers.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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richgreer

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#5 posted 04-23-2010 09:24 PM

It’s hard to stereotype Amish because the rules and customs vary a lot from one location to another.

There are 2 Amish communities close to where I live and both produce some handcrafted furniture. Most of what I have seen I would categorize as early american.

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

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#6 posted 04-26-2010 05:38 AM

I’ve spent a lot of time with the Amish in Ohio and Indiana.
There really is not a defined Amish furniture style.
I’ve been in Amish homes and didn’t see any particular style.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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semi75

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#7 posted 11-18-2011 02:25 AM

Uhh oh, someone found google or Wikipedia.

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Daren Nelson

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#8 posted 11-18-2011 03:19 AM

LOL, the last spammer is less than 20 miles from my house…Maybe I should go over and watch the ’’Amish’’ build some furniture. A lot of Mexican Amish in Arcola Il., just sayin’...

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