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5 Things You Never Knew About Amish Furniture Makers

by Ryan Bergeron August 30, 2022

5 Things You Never Knew About Amish Furniture Makers

While Amish furniture is famous among shoppers for its style, durability, and tradition, there's sometimes mystery surrounding the incredible people who make these beautiful pieces.

The Wood Reserve team is pleased to work with some of the best Amish woodworkers in the country. Thanks to these partnerships, we've had the opportunity to learn more about the practices these artisans use to create furniture that's unmatched by the competition.


If you've ever wanted to learn more about the individuals who make Amish furniture and how they do it, you've come to the right place! We've put together our list of the top five things you never knew about Amish furniture companies. 

Amish Carraway Solid Wood Sideboard

Amish Woodworkers Use Limited Technology & Electricity

It's a widely known fact that most Amish households run without electricity/technology. What you might not realize, however, is that the majority of their businesses use very little technology also.

Unlike other furniture companies, Amish woodworkers perform as much of their furniture building as possible without the use of technology. 

It is worth stating, though, that many of todays Amish businesses are more experienced with technology than they were in the past. Some furniture makers are beginning to include particular electric and digital resources as a part of their operations. Primarily, though, the work they do is by hand.

Solid Wood is the Go-To Material

In a market overrun with artificial wood types, such as particleboard, MDF, and laminate, it's not always easy to find furniture companies that still use solid wood.

That's where the Amish come in.

Amish furniture builders dedicate themselves to creating quality products. To do this, they choose the highest quality solid wood available. Some of the most popular wood types used include:

  • Oak
  • Pine
  • Cherry
  • Quarter Sawn White Oak
  • Walnut

Eco-Friendly Build Practices

Sustainability is a vital part of Amish furniture production. Not only do woodworkers refrain from using international woods, but they also try to source materials entirely from sustainable suppliers in their local areas. 

Additionally, the heirloom quality of Amish furniture adds to its eco-friendly characteristics. When a table, such as the Fairfield Barnwood Dining Table, is built to withstand the test of time, fewer materials are used in the long run. 

Amish Barnwood Dining Table

Sustainability is a significant priority for The Wood Reserve, which is one of the primary reasons we're pleased to work with Amish craftsmen. When you shop with us, however, you'll also contribute to our "One Product- One Tree" campaign. For every product purchased, we partner with the National Forest Foundation to plant another tree in one of our American forests. 

Creative Hidden Compartments in Furniture 

When looking at a piece of Amish wood furniture, there's often more than meets the eye. 

Aside from the standard drawers and shelving, many woodworkers will include hidden compartments in the piece's structure. These are a great accent feature that many of our customers at The Wood Reserve really love.

Cube Organizer with Hidden Storage

Hidden compartments provide a secure location to store any items you don't want easily found or accessible. Some of our favorite options with these features include the Sportsman Rough Cut Maple Chest and our favorite cube organizer!

Woodworkers Start Learning at an Early Age

Amish furniture companies are family-owned organizations which are often passed down through generations. As such, it's no surprise that many woodworkers begin their training alongside parents and grandparents when they're still young.

With so many honored traditions and experiences behind them, you can feel confident the person building your furniture is more than prepared to provide the quality pieces you deserve. 

Learn More About the Amish Furniture Industry

Amish wood furniture provides more than just luxury and style. It allows shoppers to bring a legacy for quality into their homes and businesses. 

If you're interested in finding out more about the men and women behind our top-rated Amish furniture at The Wood Reserve, reach out to us today. Send us an email at info@thewoodreserve.com to learn more. 


Ryan Bergeron
Ryan Bergeron


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