Amish Handmade Goods
The Amish in my area live in the south western portion of New York State and I believe are the Swartzentruber Amish. The main towns are Leon, Cherry Creek, Conewango Valley, and Randolph. They have very strict ways such as; they use a horse and buggy, no electricity, no telephones, and no indoor plumbing which obviously means the use of outhouses. Their buggies and homes are also very plain.
A lot of the Amish have hand made signs outside of their homes near the road that tell what they make and sell. Sometimes there will be a handmade sign on a street corner with an arrow telling which direction a particular business can be found. Businesses like the harness maker and woodworker have separate buildings on their property, but most of the “quieter” businesses like a quilt maker, basket maker, or rug maker, have a room attached to their house usually on the side with a separate door that they display and sell their products. Through the years I bought several of their beautiful hand goods.
The oil lamp with an oak wood backing was made by a wood worker that also makes furniture. They had beautiful chairs, tables, and boxes like our English “hope chests” that can have a persons name carved into the wood. I collect oil lamps and bought two of these to hand on my wall.
The iron hook was made in their iron shop, not by a blacksmith. Of course the process is the same but without the horses. They have a coal fire going where the metal is heated, pounded, and turned into this lovely creation. This is all done in a separate building near the house, and gas engines with belts are used to power any machinery that’s required.
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