Amish tarp shop

Amish Tarp Shop Sign

Today Tom has some photos for us of an Amish tarp shop in Conewango Valley in New York.

Amish Tarp Shop

Though we just had a look at odd Amish jobs, I wouldn’t place tarp shops on that list, as they aren’t that unusual, and can be found in many communities.

Boat Amish Farm

If you didn’t know better you might find yourself impressed by this Amishman’s taste in recreational vehicles…

New York Amish Tarp Shop

…and his boat collection.   I’m pretty sure these all belong to English customers though.

Boats Under Tarp

Boat accessories aren’t the only items Amish “tarpers” create.  A  Kentucky Amish tarp shop I once visited was in the middle of work on a covered wagon for a tourist business.  Here’s a photo:

Amish Tarp Covered Wagon

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    1. Darlene

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

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

      1. I’d love to Darlene, not sure if there is a shop for that or not 🙂

        1. Peter Williams

          Would like to get an estimate on tarp cover for my boat. Pete 716-799-3626 thank you

    2. Alice Aber


      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

      1. You’re right Alice, there are a ton of apparently Amish-made tarp/boat items here, including “Buggy Bag Sea Anchors”:

    3. Al in Ky.

      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.

      1. Alvin

        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.

    4. Slightly-handled-Order-man

      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?

      1. 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:

    5. Wendy Hudson

      I need a new canvas for our pop up camper. Can you make one if I bring the camper to you?

    6. John weir

      Do you do seat cushions for RV motorhome? Tanks

    7. Mike F

      Boat tarp with snaps

      I live in Avon, Ohio near Lake Erie. Can you make me a custom tarp that is heavy enough for me to cover my boat parked in the water from May-November. I have a 19.4 foot 1997 Spectrum fish & Ski boat with the walk through windshield.

      Please let me know if this is something you can do without me bring the boat to your location. If not, is there anyone near me that might be able to provide me with this request.

      Thank you,


    8. Brian Charlton

      Tarp for pontoon boat

      Can you help with this?