What’s Simple Is True: 10 Classic Pieces of Amish Furniture
Many of us are familiar with Mission and Shaker tables, chairs, beds and desks, but it’s a lesser-known fact that both styles are subsets of a broader genre: handcrafted Amish furniture. Since the use of electricity is prohibited in accordance with the culture’s spiritual beliefs, pneumatic and hydraulic power is used in the making of many of its pieces. And since internet technology clearly requires electricity to work, no Amish craftsmen are able to sell their wares online; rather, they work through local relationships with community partners who practice other faiths. It’s this sort of simple inventiveness that shows through in the design and execution of Amish pieces, all of which are made of quality solid hardwoods with metal fittings and, in some cases, animal skins. What’s simple is true, and in a search for earthy, honestly-made elements for the home, these austere, quality-crafted pieces from America’s heartland are certainly something to consider.