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What is Amish Furniture?
Explaining the Meaning of Amish Furniture
What is Amish Furniture? Amish Furniture is simply furniture built by Amish craftsmen. The Amish typically handcraft their furniture in a small shop on the family farm. Amish furniture is not a style of furniture. Amish furniture is generally built by folks of the Amish faith and lifestyle. Therefore getting its name.
As an example, David Weaver, father of LeRoy Weaver (owner of Weaver Furniture Sales), was a farmer his entire life. Later in life, he earned his retirement income by building small furniture pieces in his shop. His shop was located by the Dawdy Haus on a small parcel of land on the family farm.
What is a Dawdy Haus you ask? In the Amish culture, the Dawdy Haus is typically a smaller home near the main house. This is where the parents move when they retire. They will sell their farm and home to one of their children and move into their Dawdy Haus.
David Weaver would often travel to a local wood supplier to get his wood for his small furniture projects. He would then build items such as walking canes, benches and hall trees for some of the local Shipshewana merchants to sell in their retail stores. His small furniture projects were built one at a time by hand. He carefully sanded and stained each piece to ensure a long useful life.