5 responses to Inside a Furniture Shop with Amish Cabinet Maker Dennis
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    KJV Conservative
    Comment on So Where Does It Begin? (February 28th, 2014 at 11:27)

    So Where Does It Begin?

    I”ve read in an older topic (where one of Amish America” s son was having financial trouble) that is not typical for Plain people to be wealthy, not when they first start leave their parents anyhow. I cannot remember where I heard it,maybe on Amish America, but aren” t loans difficult to come by/discouraged in most Plain communities? Does Amish Aid cover that, or am I just hallucinating on what I have and have not read?

    Smiles and Blessings,

    • Loans are actually quite common, for financing a home purchase or a farm or business. Bank loans are common but there are also loan funds set up and operated by Amish on a low cost basis in a number of communities.

      There are also separate Amish-run aid programs which focus on helping out with medical needs or in cases of disaster.

      Some Amish become quite wealthy, usually through business, but few would start out that way on setting up their own households.

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    Gary Counterman
    Comment on Wonderful Article (February 28th, 2014 at 18:48)

    Wonderful Article

    Great idea for an article, Erik and nicely written and really interesting, Dennis. I’ve only seen a couple Amish owned furniture shops, both in New Wilmington, Pa., the larger one with belt driven machinery and tools powered by a diesel engine. The smaller shop mostly hand tools, both places were a good and interesting experience to have. There were many carpenters and wood workers in past generations of my dad’s family, so it also helped give me a clearer understanding of what their work would have been like and what was entailed. Thanks for this wonderful topic on a really enjoyable blog site!

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    Comment on Inside a Furniture Shop with Amish Cabinet Maker Dennis (March 1st, 2014 at 20:33)

    At least one of my uncles was a carpenter by trade. My one uncle had a knack for odd and functional shacks, especially on his hobby farm, which I suppose indicated that he did quite well for a career working on building houses and such. I used to have a lovely bowl he fashioned from the knotty part of a tree. Sadly though, he ain’t Amish, and would probably giggle at the Hutterites in his community.

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