Quality woodworking in the Yellowhammer State
Looking for Amish furniture for your Alabama home? Amish are known for their tables, chairs, desks, kitchen cabinets, and other home items. Buyers of Amish furniture appreciate the quality and attention to detail typical of Amish craftsmanship.
Though no Amish live in Alabama today, residents of Montgomery, Birmingham, Huntsville and even Mobile are within a few hours’ drive of Amish communities.
The closest Amish to Alabama can be found at a small Amish settlement in Mississippi, and at the much larger Ethridge, Tennessee Amish community, home to a number of Amish furniture craftsmen. At least one dealer of Amish furniture can be found in Alabama.
26800 US Highway 98
Elberta, AL 36530
To find Amish furniture outlets across America, visit the Amish Furniture Guide main listings.
Note to Alabama residents: Please be sure to check opening hours of any Amish furniture businesses listed in this guide before traveling long distances. While we strive to keep this directory up-to-date, business locations and schedules can change. Not responsible for changes to information.
Tradition of fine wood craftsmanship
Though few Amish live in the Deep South today, in the early 20th century, Amish lived in southern Alabama in Baldwin County, where they farmed sweet potatoes and other crops (see David Luthy, The Amish in America: Settlements that Failed 1840-1960, pp. 11-23). Warm climate is one reason relatively few Amish have made their homes in the South.
Amish have settled most heavily in Pennsylvania and the Midwest. In recent years, farmland has become quite expensive in these traditional locations, placing the dream of farming out of reach for the younger generations. Small business, including furniture-making, has become more and more attractive an option for the Amish. Amish have a growing tradition of furniture-building, with some furniture shops approaching their second and even third generation of ownership.
Amish ingenuity and an ingrained work ethic has helped the spread of Amish cabinet shops, custom furniture craftsmen, and a wide range of Amish wood products businesses. Amish restrict the use of technology but do permit necessary tools such as saws, air hammers, planers, and sanders in order to construct custom furniture for their non-Amish customers. Hardwoods are typical of Amish furniture construction, in particular oak, cherry, maple, walnut, and others.
Amish believe in following a conservative business approach, obeying the Golden Rule, and preserving family and community ties by keeping employment at home. Buying Amish furniture, you support a traditional way of life that has persevered on the America continent for nearly 3 centuries.
Though Amish are unlikely to settle in large numbers in Alabama, Amish-crafted furniture items such as children’s furniture, outdoor furniture, hickory rockers, office furniture, and much more are available to Alabama residents at retail showrooms as well as through.
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