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As for a Shaker TV cabinet, just yesterday I visited a local (Northeast
Texas) furniture store, which sells nothing but Amish-crafted
furniture. Once a month, the owners take a truck to Ohio to pick up new
orders. They place all orders by mail, or by a fax service that
My first thought upon entering the store: "Wow, I didn't know Stickley
My second thought, after inspecting the inlay work on a buffet: "Wow, I
didn't know they had horse-drawn routers!"
The use of modern power tools is apparent on some pieces, and I know
the Amish (just like the large Mennonite communities where I grew up)
have big, serious disagreements about the degree of modernity that they
will permit. They periodically fracture over such issues, seek out
others who agree with them, and establish new communities.
Anyhoo, that's just a brief aside. I have no quibble with their use of
power tools, or even fairly modern production methods. The quality of
construction vastly exceeded anything available at our mainstream
furniture stores, for about the same price.
I'm not sure if it's a quibble of craftsmanship or aesthetics when I
wish they'd have cleaned out the routed corners with a chisel, to make
the inlays sharp. And I would definitely prefer a finish other than
Some pieces were beautifully artistic, such as the bowed-back dining
chairs. Mass-production factories would never waste the wood required
to produce the curved cuts.
Back to aesthetics for a moment: I wish they'd discover leather
upholstery. There were many beautiful A&C/Stickley/Morris style pieces,
so far as the wood goes. And they were draped with horrid prints or
weaves reminiscent of Early American Mobile Home. *yech!*
If the same pieces had been clad in green leather, at this moment I'd
be figuring out how to put off the new roof, since our roof money would
be in the hands of the furniture store. So I guess I shouldn't complain
too much. ;-)
I had alway heard this too. However, we live about 30 miles from a staunch
Amish community in South Central Kansas. There are two furniture shops that
do wonderful work. These folks drive the horse-drawn buggies to work, wear
traditional clothing and beards, use very old tractors to do farmwork and
light the showroom with gas lights. I took a peek into their wood shop a
year or so ago and it would have turned Norm green. They have figured it
I was also admiring some prayer-plaques that were made of walnut and about
2' x 3' in size with an ornate prayer, grapes and leaves carving. On
inspection, I asked the showroom salesperson how long the Amish had been
doing laser etching. She smiled and said "Well, we farm some of our stuff
out to the Mennonites."
|My first thought upon entering the store: "Wow, I didn't know Stickley
|My second thought, after inspecting the inlay work on a buffet: "Wow, I
|didn't know they had horse-drawn routers!"
|The use of modern power tools is apparent on some pieces, and I know
|the Amish (just like the large Mennonite communities where I grew up)
|have big, serious disagreements about the degree of modernity that they
|will permit. They periodically fracture over such issues, seek out
|others who agree with them, and establish new communities.
SWMBO and I have taken a couple of three-month long RV trips through
the American heartland. Her ancestors were brought up in Nebraska and
Iowa and on one trip we did a lot of poking around in tiny little
towns looking for gravesites and other genealogical stuff.
Also, our next-door neighbor's parents live in Spring Green, WI (Mecca
for the cultists that worship the murderous Frank Lloyd Wright) and we
have visited them on both trips. Leo, the neighbor's father, was born
in Spring Green and loves to tour us around in the backcountry. On
one of these tours we went to an Amish country store. We were loading
up on fresh baked bread, preserves, etc. when I heard the drone of a
gasoline engine emanating from an out building.
I asked Leo, "What's up with that?" He told me that the local
government required them to refrigerate certain products if they were
to be sold to the public, so it was okay to have electricity if the
government "forced" it on them.
Similarly, we were in some tiny little town with lots of Amish riding
around in horse-drawn buggies, where we were doing research at city
hall. The town "historian" was a woman, who was also the Mayor.
During our conversation, I mentioned that we had visited a lot of
communities where "Amish furniture" was for sale and it sure looked
machine-made to me.
She said, "Oh yes, it is, but the Amish are allowed to work with
machinery, they just can *own* it." She went on to say that it was
just dandy for Amish to ride in cars, they just couldn't own them and
that they were in using her telephone all day long. But strictly for
I also recall seeing an article someplace (probably FWW) where an
Amish guy was using lots of power tools, but they had all been
converted to hydraulic motor drive. As long as they weren't electric
it was okay. Go figure.
We spent some time is southern and SE Wisconsin a couple of years ago. We
are really looking forward to going back, probably next spring. For those
who have not been there this is a beautiful and fascinating place to be.
Frank Lloyd Wright is just the best know example of the interesting and
creative (if not off-beat) people that were and are in the area. Sauk
County and Spring Green are examples of traditional America. The area has
artists, craftsmen (women), wineries and great resturants. Moreover prices
are more than reasonable.
: She said, "Oh yes, it is, but the Amish are allowed to work with
: machinery, they just can *own* it." She went on to say that it was
: just dandy for Amish to ride in cars, they just couldn't own them and
: that they were in using her telephone all day long.
Thank you for this anecdote, this explains a lot.
So all those years growing up when I worked my ass off to own a car, my
friends were actually Amish? This might also explain why they didn't have
their *own* cigarettes. Now that I think about it, I must have moved into an
Amish neighbourhood... I wonder when my neighbour is planning on returning
I seem to remember that the electricity isn't objectionable, it's the
fact that the electric network makes them less self reliant. Their
hydraulic and pneumatic tools are frequently powered by stationary
diesels at a cost much higher than commercial electric. Seems to me
that they are still reliant on the "English" for their diesel fuel as
I have not seen any oil refineries in the "Amish" areas of Ohio.
My impressions only - I may be all wrong. I do know the "Amish"
furniture store in Berlin, Ohio was happy to ring up our furniture
purchases on an electric cash register and verify the Visa payment on
the phone line.
I can understand that argument, but why not have their own generators
and keep the machines electrically powered ?
I suppose that there's then a risk they'll succumb to electric
lighting and Playstations. Maybe their pragmatic smartness is getting
the better of sheer conformance to rules.
On Fri, 15 Oct 2004 11:34:25 +0100, Andy Dingley
|On Fri, 15 Oct 2004 01:17:31 GMT, Larry Kraus
|>I seem to remember that the electricity isn't objectionable, it's the|>fact that the electric network makes them less self reliant. Their|>hydraulic and pneumatic tools are frequently powered by stationary|>diesels at a cost much higher than commercial electric.
|I can understand that argument, but why not have their own generators
|and keep the machines electrically powered ?
|I suppose that there's then a risk they'll succumb to electric
|lighting and Playstations. Maybe their pragmatic smartness is getting
|the better of sheer conformance to rules.
I'm the last person that should be commenting on religions' rules, but
if I'm wrong I'm sure to be corrected.
Seems to me that the Amish allow their young men to go off into the
wild world for one yearlong bachelor party before they come home to
One of the anecdotes we heard during our travels was about some young
men who went to the big city and became construction workers. While
their co-workers went bar hopping and skirt chasing after hours, the
Amish kids went back to their rooms and watched television. This was
*really* sampling the forbidden.
Considering what's on TV these days, maybe they're on to something.
I was in one fellow's shop in southern Minnesota, and he had a whole
lineup of very nice modern power tools, but the motors had been
removed, and they were turned with belts from an overhead shaft, just
like in the old days. I forget whether it was steam or water power
that turned the shaft.
The framing around the carcase and the doors. It's too thick and
obvious on the carcase frame, too narrow on the doors.
It's hard to say without seeing it for real, but this stuff _isn't_
ugly and if it's not made of squashed crapboard then it might even be
decent stuff. Prices are damned cheap certainly - that's the main
thing that concerns me.
And what's a "Shaker barstool" doing in there ? 8-)
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