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Handcrafted Furniture Tells a Story
A furniture collector knows that each piece of furniture has a story. As a result, it is a joy and challenge to the collector to uncover it. But what gives a furniture piece its story? Is it solid wood construction? Is it style? The period in which it was made? Or who bought it and how it was used? All of these are parts of the story. The biggest part is this: who made it? For this reason, handcrafted furniture is a one-of-a-kind investment.
Unlike factory assembled furniture, handcrafted furniture contains the imprint of the craftsman. The craftsman’s unique style, their work with a saw, their sanding and staining, leave a distinct impression. It is this artistic quality that explains why many handcrafted furniture pieces are considered treasures decades or centuries after they were created.
Perhaps the most notable creators of handcrafted furniture are the Amish. Living in hardworking communities primarily throughout the Midwest and the Eastern seaboard, the Amish have maintained their distinct way of life while fostering thriving furniture markets. One of the hot-spots for Amish furniture in the Midwest is Shipshewana, IN. Here local Amish craftsmen bring in large numbers of sightseers and shoppers each year to view their goods and experience the Amish way of life firsthand.
For a close-up experience of Amish handcrafted furniture and of the craftsmen themselves, there is nothing better than visiting a local Amish furniture market. In warm weather seasons, the shops are open and bustling. Furniture seminars, including construction demonstrations (staining methods, woodcutting, etc…) are usually available to the public. Many local stores are even located on family farms. Therefore you will truly receive the “family” touch when you visit.
To truly appreciate the beauty of handcrafted furniture visit a local craftsman or browse online. As a result, your appreciation will grow as you learn more about this craft before finding the piece that’s right for you.