8 responses to Amish tarp shop
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    Comment on Amish tarp shop (April 19th, 2012 at 09:36)

    Pretty interesting, Erik! I noticed the Dutchmen camper, also…

    When you get some pictures of an Amish electrician’s shop, please post…:)

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Amish tarp shop (April 19th, 2012 at 11:34)


    Tom, thanks so much for sharing the pictures. I got a real kick out of the sign as it had “night crawlers” on the bottom. I remember as a kid in NY state going out and getting night crawlers to sell for some extra money, LOL.

    There are a number of things that can be made in a “tarp” or “canvas” business. (They call them canvas shops out here). Not just the covers for boats but also the upholstery for them as they would want water-proof canvas. Also awnings for campers, covers for wagons as pictured and so much more.

    Interesting post!! Thanks again for sharing!!
    Blessings, Alice

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      Comment on Amish tarp shop (April 19th, 2012 at 15:29)

      You’re right Alice, there are a ton of apparently Amish-made tarp/boat items here, including “Buggy Bag Sea Anchors”: http://www.amishoutfitters.com/descriptions.htm.old

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    Al in Ky.
    Comment on Amish tarp shop (April 19th, 2012 at 18:58)

    The buildings remind me of a tarp shop I often drive by in the Swartzentruber Amish community in Orange Co., Indiana. Interesting to compare these buildings to those of the Otto Canvas Shop in the Arthur, Ill. Amish community.

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      Comment on Amish tarp shop (April 19th, 2012 at 23:15)

      To Al in Kentucky.You have me very curios as to who you might be,because I fequently see you commenting on the Swartzentruber Community from Orange County. I grew up in that community and was just wondering if we ever met.

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    Comment on What in the world? (April 19th, 2012 at 19:21)

    What in the world?

    Okay, this one intrigued me momentarily (again) away from my hiatus, and I have to ask the less than obvious question.
    Well, a couple of them.
    Who originally thought up the phenomenon of the tourist bus, was it an Englisher capitalizing on the Amish or an Amish taking advantage of Englishers.
    And two, is this a common design?

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      Comment on Amish tourist buses (April 23rd, 2012 at 07:57)

      Amish tourist buses

      Shom, your first question–I’m pretty sure that was an English idea, probably in the Lancaster community which had signs of Amish tourism before the other big communities.

      I don’t think this design is too common if you mean for an Amish buggy ride place…in fact I think this was a carriage used in a city somewhere. The Amish buggy rides are usually extended buggies, or sometimes real whoppers like the ones in Ethridge TN:


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