Amish Furniture For Your Home Bar Decor

Traditional styles based on fine craftsmanship and quality materials has been the hallmark of Amish woodworkers as for centuries they have turned out furniture built to last for generations. Generally made almost entirely from wood without particle board or laminates,
large, sturdy pieces have been their signature, but many have expanded to to more contemporary, stylish and varied creations.

While Amish furniture was largely “discovered” in the early 20th century, along with other American fold art with the Arts and Crafts movement, the emergence of the Amish woodworking industry dates back to two centuries earlier and the Jonestown School. Pieces dating from the 1700s are on display at the country’s finest museum’s, including the Smithsonian.

Abandoning the painted, Germanic-style then prevalent in Amish furniture the later Soap Hollow School developed an undecorated, more plain style, which yet today is more closely associated with Amish craftsmen.
Amish craftsmen generally keep to their long-standing tradition of disdaining the use of electricity, but while the primary method of construction if through the use of hand tools, they have incorporated other “modern” developments into their arsenal of tools, including
the use of hydraulics and pneumatic-powered tools.

Another long-standing feature of Amish woodworking is the specific selection of the right piece of wood for a planned piece of furniture. The selection process can be painstaking to find the correct wood, the correct grain, and other elements that will contribute to and achieve the desired result.

Over the years, a few different distinct styles have developed in Amish furniture, the most well know and popular being Shaker, Queen Anne and Mission. The plain but elegant Shaker style is the most simple and basic, disdaining flair and trends for function and long-lasting
durability. Queen Anne furniture is far different,and it’s more tradition features include more ornate moldings, unique foot details, and carved ornamentation. The Mission style, with its straight lines and visible joints is considered the most modern and popular style in
Amish woodworking.

While chests-of-drawers, cabinets, beds, chairs and tables have traditionally been the staples of Amish craftsmen, today we find a much wider array of choices in their offerings, including many pieces that are welcome additions to the home bar. Amish woodworkers today produce wide varieties and styles of wine racks and cabinets, bar and bistro tables, bar stools, and even gaming tables including billiard, pool and foosball tables.

For long-term investments in quality furniture pieces that are heirloom quality and that will serve generations, pieces crafted by Amish woodworkers are wise choices.

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