Why Amish Furniture Shopping Doesn’t Have to Be Hard

November 2nd, 2019

 
Dennis from California got this Princeton Dining Table and Meridian Dining Chairs in quarter-sawn oak with FC-106 Acres stain.
 
Dining room with Princeton Table and Meridian Chairs in quarter-sawn oak and Acres stain
 
But before he got his dining room set, he found the best way to shop for Amish furniture online. Here’s what Dennis writes about Amish Furniture Factory.

The Best Quality Selection

 
“Our new table is amazing—the finish is smooth and pleasant to the touch; the chairs are solid and the cushions very comfortable. In fact, we noticed immediately that the (lumbar support) curve of the chair backs was an improvement on the previous chairs.
 

 
Our catalog shows the Meridian Dining Chair‘s curved back from different angles

“Our experience with the website and the company was exemplary. After visiting numerous stores in our area as well as visiting numerous websites, we concluded that the combination of features we wanted in a table was only going to be found on an Amish furniture site.

A Website That’s Easy to Understand

 
Dennis’ chair seats have fabric upholstery in R1-31 Sunset

 
“We visited a dozen or so different web stores, and Amish Furniture Factory’s site really stood out. It was both easy to use and had a large amount of information available—it was easy to browse the various table and chair designs, the stain and fabric options were easy to review, and there was plenty of information about the wood types.

Human Customer Service

 
“I had made an error in my original order (placed through the website) I had selected a rustic oak instead of the regular oak and the staff caught the discrepancy and called me to clarify. Throughout the process, they were great to work with—they made a custom stain sample for us, and the final delivery was punctual and in fact earlier than we expected. There was an alignment problem with one of the legs and the company helped resolve that as well.
 
“The next time we look to purchase custom hand-crafted furniture, we’ll be back here for sure.
 
—Dennis”
 





The #1 Scariest Reason Why Amish People Don’t Need Hallowe’en

October 26th, 2019

by Vicki Nemeth
 
Amish people don’t celebrate Hallowe’en, but their Anabaptist history is scary enough. The Anabaptists originally lived in Europe in a time when European countries didn’t have freedom of religion. When church authority combined with political authority, people in power did horrifying things to people they considered heretics. You can read about Anabaptist martyrs in Book 2 of Martyrs Mirror which, after the Bible, is the most important book in most Amish homes.

Be careful of the disturbing content in Martyrs Mirror

 
You might want to reserve Martyrs Mirror for the adults in your home. It has detailed descriptions and illustrations of torture. It’s not surprising that its other name is The Bloody Theater.
 

 
Martyrs Mirror, Book 2, page 10: Burning of Leonard Kayser, Scharding, 1527

The art style of Martyrs Mirror consists of realistic black and white etchings. Very little of the art is embellished with heavenly symbolism. It’s just plain and simple torture. The most shocking pictures show gore and suffering without holding back. Other images are merely disturbing, showing an arrest and the acceptability of persecution in seventeenth-century society. Some show the aftermath for families grieving for their martyred loved ones.
 
Book 2 focuses on Anabaptist martyrs, but Book 1 is just as shocking and details the martyrdoms of Christians from the first century all the way up into the middle ages. While Book 1 documents martyrdoms that predate the founding of Anabaptism, the martyrs it covers are thought to have had beliefs similar to Anabaptists.
 
What sets Martyrs Mirror apart from other martyrdom literature, such as hagiographies or Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, is its focus on Christians who are believed to have refused to defend themselves. It’s no surprise that Amish communities today practice pacifism. The book’s most famous martyr who refused to defend himself is Dirk Willems.

Who was Dirk Willems?

 
Dirk Willems is the most famous Anabaptist in "Martyr's Mirror" for saving a prison guard he was running from
 
In 1569, Dirk escaped from prison. While running from prison guards he was light enough to cross a frozen pond. But a guard who tried to chase him across fell through the ice. Dirk could have left him there. Instead, he turned around and helped the guard out of the water. Even then, the guard wouldn’t let him go. He re-arrested Dirk, and the authorities later burned him at the stake. The text describes how much pain Dirk went through and doesn’t gloss over it.
 
The illustration of Dirk saving the guard is frank. It doesn’t depict him having a superhuman aesthetic or a halo. It’s just him reaching for a man who has fallen through the ice. Even the trees are scraggy and leafless. By using realistic line drawing, Martyrs Mirror focuses on normal, everyday people who are not magical.
 

Martyrs Mirror Book 2 Page 812: Persecution in Switzerland


Martyrs Mirror, Book 2, Page 812: Persecution in Switzerland, 1637


When you look at the pictures and read the accounts in Martyrs Mirror, you understand why so many Anabaptists moved to America where they could have religious freedom. As a matter of fact, settlers in what is now Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, translated Martyrs Mirror from Dutch into German in 1749. You could say Americans adopted this Dutch book into American culture.
 
Martyrs Mirror is a religious book, and it does teach about the theology motivating its martyrs’ perseverance. It’s also critical of the Catholic Church before 1660. At over 1100 pages, it’s an ambitious reading project. Likewise, the English translation is from the 1800s, so it’s not the easiest book to read.
 
Unlike modern-day Hallowe’en, Martyrs Mirror doesn’t make light of pain, gore, and death. But it does warn readers to take human fragility seriously, and along with that, their right to freedom of conscience.

 





The Royal Mission 51” Corner TV Unit

October 12th, 2019

 

 
The Royal Mission 51-inch Corner TV Unit has a luxurious classic style with vertical side slats and corbels. Diamond walnut inlays adorn this piece with handcrafted character.
 
The two doors can be plain glass as shown, but you can call for options like smoked glass or wood panels. Open it up and you see two levels of ample space separated by a shelf. Each level has a vent or cord hole in the back as carefully measured as the visible side. The full-extension bottom drawer opens all the way out so you can see all of your things.
 
We’re showing this unit in quarter-sawn oak with the Michael’s Cherry finish.
 





Why This California Home Ordered Their Furniture In Advance

September 25th, 2019

“The media cabinet and dining set are beautiful and worth the 10 weeks’ wait!”

 
When Peggy from California chose a handcrafted dining room set and TV stand, she knew it would be made-to-order, just for her. That’s why she was willing to order up to 12 weeks ahead.
 

Mounting her TV on the wall lets Peggy use her TV stand to store more electronics and decorate with its beautiful woodgrain.


Royal Mission 3272 – 72″ Flat Panel TV Stand
 
Quarter-sawn white oak with FC-7992 Asbury stain


 
“Laura my furniture is perfect! The craftsmanship is off the charts! I’m sure with care this furniture will last a hundred years! I’m so happy. Laura thank you so much!”
 
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Aspen Trestle Dining Table
 
Modesto Dining Chairs
 
Quarter-sawn white oak with FC-7992 Asbury stain


 
What kind of dream space would convince you plan up to 12 weeks in advance? Let’s talk in the comments below.
 





9 Myths Busted About the So-called Amish Simple Life

September 21st, 2019

 

by Vicki Nemeth

 

The mainstream narrative tends to portray Amish life as idyllic. “If I could just join the Amish, I wouldn’t have all these modern problems!” people say.

 

9 Myths Busted About the So-called Amish Simple Life

 

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How This Washington Home Got the Greatest Selection of Amish Bedroom Furniture

September 18th, 2019

 
by Vicki Nemeth

 

Michael from Washington found the greatest selection of Amish bedroom furniture by shopping online. Because we don’t have a physical showroom, we don’t have strict limits on what we can carry. That’s good news for Michael’s master bedroom.

How This Washington Home Got the Greatest Selection of Amish Bedroom Furniture


Francine Bed with Tufted Fabric Headboard
Queen size
Cherry with Washington stain
C8-8 Pearl upholstery
 
Francine Night Stands

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The Heritage OSC 25-inch Cabinet

August 31st, 2019

 

 

 

The Heritage 0SC 25″ Cabinet features an arched glass overlay door across its whole front. In addition to the arch, the Heritage line’s signature design features crown molding under the top and a Jonie base with flared feet.

 

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How to Get Your Dining Room Furniture On Time For Thanksgiving

August 10th, 2019

 

 

“I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving.”

 

Since Bonnie from Massachusetts ordered new dining room chairs last summer, they arrived on time for last Thanksgiving. Here is one of her new Batavia Dining Chairs in brown maple with FC-230 Onyx stain and 16-58 Cream upholstery.

 

Being woven in opposition to the body of the fabric makes the upholstered leaves shine in the sun.

 

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The Arts and Crafts Mission 2 Door 1 Drawer Bookcase

July 27th, 2019

 

 

The Arts and Crafts Mission 2 Door 1 Drawer Bookcase has a tall profile with two mullionned glass doors and a handy bottom drawer. We’re showing the 67-inch model with three adjustable shelves. All standard versions of this bookcase are 38 inches wide and 16 inches deep.

 

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The Breckenridge Coffee Table

July 13th, 2019

 

 

The Breckenridge Coffee Table is the foundation of the Breckenridge Occasional Table Set. It’s 42” wide by 22” deep, and has a drawer inside the top and a shelf near the base. The Breckenridge line has distinctive flared legs that curve wide at the feet, as well as corbels under the top on either side.
 
This stylized table looks luxurious with the natural tiger striping from quarter-sawn white oak. As well as the wood, we chose Michael’s Cherry stain for this table. If you watch, you can also see the soft-close drawer option in action. Whether you need a whole set, or just the coffee table, the Breckenridge adds statement style to a classic living room.