16 responses to Amish storage shed shop
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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Amish storage shed shop (May 23rd, 2012 at 04:54)

    Great post Erik and i love to see photo’s of Amish shops like this one, and i do see these type of shed’s for sale in Lancaster quite a bit. I really need one myself for some of my lawn “stuff” and they are not cheap like some of those metal ones that you might see in a big box store, but you get what you pay for most of the time and they will last a long time and look great! Richard

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    Marvin Mohler
    Comment on Amish shops (May 23rd, 2012 at 06:43)

    Amish shops

    They are very ingenious people. If you ask them why they just don’t get some electric motors on their equipment, a pretty standard answer is, “I just don’t want to be connected to those lines out there”. They simply want to remain separate.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish storage shed shop (May 23rd, 2012 at 08:54)

    Greetings!!

    Awesome pictures Tom, thanks for sharing!! It never ceases to amaze me the work the Amish do. It is incredible. Great post Erik!!

    Blessings, Alice

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Who's REALLY "backward"? (May 23rd, 2012 at 10:54)

    Who's REALLY "backward"?

    I love to see examples of the ingenuity the Amish use to stay “off the grid”. Some consider them backward, but I think they’re pretty progressive with their non-electrical tools, etc. There are a LOT of us Englishers who would like to cut our ties with “the grid”, but aren’t sure how. Maybe we can “import” some Amish “engineers” who could teach us and show us first hand what we might need to do to “pull the plug”, so to speak.

    I don’t suppose there are any Amish “shop teachers”, are there? (It might be an idea for a new Amish “industry”…just a thought.)

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Amish storage shed shop (May 23rd, 2012 at 11:28)

      Alice Mary I’d say there are hundreds, even thousands of Amish shop teachers, though they don’t usually go by that name or think of teaching as their main line of work :)

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        Alice Mary
        Comment on I had no idea! (May 23rd, 2012 at 13:07)

        I had no idea!

        That’s good to know, Erik! Do they teach in English or Amish “schools” (or public settings)? Where can an Englisher find a list (if there is any)?

        With “going green” such a high priority for most of us (like it or not), I can see a real demand for what they can teach us, as the years go on. :)

        Alice Mary

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          Comment on Amish storage shed shop (May 23rd, 2012 at 13:22)

          Alice Mary sorry I wasn’t very clear–what I meant is that you have a lot of Amish kids learning to do all these manual jobs firsthand from their fathers, uncles, bosses, etc. :)

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            Alice Mary
            Comment on Oh, NOW I get it! (May 23rd, 2012 at 14:55)

            Oh, NOW I get it!

            Boy, I’m losing it if I can’t figure out when you’re kidding around, Erik! I guess I was just hoping there WAS such a thing as Amish “shop” teachers!

            Still, if the Amish need to add another “category” of “cottage industry” to help them earn a living, that (teaching the non-Amish to disconnect from the grid) would be my suggestion (if only in the more progressive communities.) I could see classes of English being taught how to set up systems they could use “off grid.”

            I think the “project” mentioned in Elizabeth Snoke’s entry is just one more example—although in this case, it was the English helping the Amish. :)

            Alice Mary

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    Roberta Klooster
    Comment on Memories of our shed (May 23rd, 2012 at 11:42)

    Memories of our shed

    This brings back fond memories of the shed we bought from an Amish or Mennonite man around Waldorf MD. It was such great craftsmanship and made our yard work fun. Unfortunately it was sold with our beach house at Solomon’s Island. Buying from Amish and Mennonite workmen and the women’s farm produce shops was one of the joys of those days.

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    Comment on Amish storage shed shop (May 23rd, 2012 at 12:53)

    Oh dear, when I saw the question, “But where does the power come from?” I was so hoping the next photo would show little hamsters frantically running on a wheel. :-) Clearly you should buy your storage shed from the experts at Noah’s shop.

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    Elizabeth Snoke
    Comment on Amish storage shed shop (May 23rd, 2012 at 14:18)

    I’m now in my 4th year of helping Amish & Old Order Mennonites (any of those who don’t have electricity/use computers) find what they need. Started out answering requests posted in the “Information Please” section of The Budget. AMAZING how they pass the work around to all parts of North America!! And so quickly!! I get letters/phone calls from all over now–they heard from a cousin or a friend or…

    Back to the subject–many of them are into alternative sources of power that is NOT from power companies. I’ve helped a dozen or so with information on solar power–getting their own for their homes or setting up solar greenhouses and so on. About 2 years ago, I had a phone call from a man in Missouri. Many years ago he’d read an article in Popular Mechanics about getting water-power-based electrical service for his home. He explained his home was in a very hilly part of Missouri and there were 2 fast-flowing streams running through his property. Could I help him re-locate that article and get a copy. After a bit of searching, I identified the month and year of the magazine tho I couldn’t get a copy of the article myself. Did find U of Missouri Library had the magazine so talked with a librarian there who happened to have an interest in the Amish and was fascinated with the proposed project. She got the magazine issue, counted the number of pages to be copied, told me cost, gave me her name and phone. I sent the info to the Missouri Amishman. Two months or so later, I got the nicest call from him thanking me. He’d gotten the article (full of drawings, etc.) and had set up a working system. What he was doing was getting electric lighting PLUS a way of charging/recharging batteries to be used with other devices. No problem from his bishop–in fact several other Amish families were interested in setting up such systems!! Nothing wrong with the inventive minds of these wonderful people!!

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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on Interesting story Elizabeth Snoke's..... (May 23rd, 2012 at 16:52)

    Interesting story Elizabeth Snoke's.....

    I’m glad that i dropped by again to read all of the comment’s, and i really liked yours Elizabeth and your short personal stories relating to helping some of the Amish folks. Richard

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    Marvin Mohler
    Comment on Amish sheds (May 23rd, 2012 at 19:43)

    Amish sheds

    I have enjoyed this conversation. We lived all our life in IN & visited the Amish communities in IN & OH frequently. We now live in Washington State where there is no Amish & we really miss them. Does anyone know why no Amish ever settled in WA?

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      Comment on No Amish in Washington state (May 25th, 2012 at 10:20)

      No Amish in Washington state

      Marvin there were some Amish in Washington state for a short time in the mid-2000s, I don’t know exactly why they left. Could have been economics or just sheer distance from other communities–the more remote places are harder b/c you still have your ties with kin to maintain back East. That said Amish have lived in Montana since the 1970s.

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        Jane
        Comment on Amish storage shed shop (August 21st, 2012 at 07:10)

        Can I contact Noah directly on a shed I want built?

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    jane
    Comment on I need a shed to be built (August 22nd, 2012 at 06:32)

    I need a shed to be built

    Noah,
    Please contact me.
    Jane

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