Amish wood businesses: Furniture craftsmen, carpenters, sawmills and more

Turning natural resources into a diverse range of products

amish woodFrom tree to finished product, Amish process wood all along the journey from forest to furniture.  Amish sawmills, for instance, convert raw timber into lumber and other wood products for other industries.  Other Amish do high-skill custom furniture and home carpentry work.

Amish furniture makers typically work in conjunction with other Amish, in some cases purchasing raw materials or furniture parts from other Amish dealers, which are then crafted into “heirloom-quality” furniture pieces.

Amish are involved in a wide range of wood-related businesses, including:

Logging, sawmills and carpentry

A number of Amish businesses process wood on the front end of the chain. Amish loggers harvest hardwoods for furniture producers and other end-destinations. Some Amish deal in hard-to-find varieties of timber.

Sawmills are common among Amish, especially popular with groups which don’t permit the highest levels of technology. Sawmill work is simpler compared to custom-crafting furniture, thus is often seen in more conservative Amish communities. In recent years growing overseas demand has seen Amish sawmills sending product to China and other Asian destinations.

Lumber products also find their way to Amish pallet shops or truss makers, where they are turned into raw materials used in the construction industry. Some Amish create and sell wood flooring, molding and related products.

Another important Amish industry is that of home construction and carpentry. Carpentry crews are common in some Amish communities, offering young men an opportunity to earn a living without the capital demands of purchasing a dairy farm.

Like Amish furniture, Amish carpentry and construction has achieved a high reputation in the field. Some Amish do remodeling or specialize in restoration work, such as Amish in Lancaster County who do work on historic barns prevalent in the area.

Woodworking shops

Among Amish wood businesses, furniture makers and cabinet shops are most prevalent. Amish woodworking shops run the gamut from businesses producing wood parts to custom-design craftsman tailoring furniture and kitchen installations to individual homeowners’ needs.

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Belt-and-pulley driven saw in an Amish wood working shop

Amish wood shops run on a variety of power sources. “Lower”, or more conservative Amish, such as those found at Ethridge, Tennessee, or parts of Holmes County, Ohio, run their machinery with the assistance of a drive shaft and pulley system.

A diesel generator powers the shaft which runs under the floor, often spanning the length of the shop. A system of belts and pulleys emerge from the floor along the length of the shaft, driving saws, sanders, and other equipment lined up along the axis of the shaft.

“Higher”, or more progressive Amish typically employ either pneumatic or hydraulic power to drive their equipment. Again, diesel generators are used to run equipment fitted to operate on air power, or the even more power-efficient hydraulic power.

Some Amish even generate electricity using the same diesel generators, for tasks such as welding, or to power electric lights (when permitted) in areas of a shop where an open flame gas light would prove hazardous (such as the finishing area of a furniture business where flammable coats of finish are applied).

Amish woodworking shops are typically located in a separate building on the owner’s property near the home. Amish woodworkers employ both other Amish and sometimes non-Amish employees. Amish wood shops may range from the solo sideline business to a shop run by a handful of neighbor men from the local church district all the way to the larger facilities employing 30 or more workers, sometimes including non-Amish workers (who often serve as drivers).

Some Amish shops specialize in a certain type of product, such as bedroom sets, tables, or chairs. Some businesses produce parts which are then purchased by other Amish businesses and assembled into the final product. Examples are spindle makers, used in staircases, or businesses producing components for Amish cabinet shops.

The Amish furniture market

Though Amish are associated with simple living and limited technology, Amish furniture makers market their products to a wide-ranging clientele, including buyers from upscale urban areas. Amish woodworkers promote their businesses through a range of media.

Some advertise in trade catalogs, or business directories featuring Plain companies. Others promote their wares online via third-party internet venues. Some may even operate a web site through a similar arrangement, with a non-Amish individual maintaining the Amish web presence.

Non-Amish retailers are also an important outlet in the Amish furniture industry. A whole host of businesses selling Amish products has arisen across the nation. The vast majority of US states are home to an Amish furniture seller, as well as many Canadian provinces.

Amish partner with non-Amish to distribute their products in non-Amish areas. Though Amish also operate their own retail furniture shops, due to their geographical limitations, their range is rather limited. However in larger Amish settlements in particular, a number of Amish-run retail shops can often be found.

Learn more on how to find Amish woodwork in the Amish Furniture Guide.

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    1. Sean OConnor

      Black Walnut Trees

      I have a mix of black walnut and butternut trees that I would like removed on a farm in NJ. Anyone interested in wood please contact me via email. Thanks Sean

    2. Sean OConnor

      Black Walnut Trees

      I have a mix of black walnut and butternut trees I would like removed on a farm in NJ. Anyone interested in wood please contact me via email. Thanks, Sean

    3. Walnut in York, Nebraska for sale

      I am Gary Klundt from York, Ne. I have walnut logs and roots for sale. I live at 1011 Rd 11. My phone number is 402-366-0505. Please contact me to let me know if you are interested in looking at.

    4. David Kremers

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      I have several tall straight Ash trees, and a maple already felled. Looking for somebody to clean up. You may keep all the wood. Baldwinsville New York (315) 420-3849

    5. shawn caudill

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    6. Kyle

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    7. Teresa Moody

      Custom Woodworker

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    8. Kristen Lazarony


      Hello, i am looking for someone to come cut down trees. I know that some Amish are interested in pay to cut down trees. I am looking for someone that would like to come out to Batavia NY and take a look at trees.

      Thank you
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    9. Ted Rickabus

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      I have recently cut and stacked a bunch of poplar and pine logs 8 – 10 foot in length if you would be interested


      19260 Indian Dr
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    10. I have a massive, 65 foot Cherry tree on my beach at end of Wagar Rd It’s too big for a large chainsaw. It has beautiful figure. I’ve done a lot of wood work, but never seen anything like this. 440 334 4118 if interested


      Black Walnut for Sale

      I have a black walnut tree in my back yard and it’s in my back yard and it’s a healthy tree in good condition a healthy tree in good condition and we would like to know if anybody would be interested in the tree.. I don’t want the tree to be just cut down and turned into firewood I would rather it go to somebody with some true skill to somebody with some true skill to give it a Second Life give it a Second Life that couldn’t last for the next 200 years 200 years.. Please contact me via email Please contact me via email or call at 402-719-5014 I’d love to schedule a time you guys can come out I’d love to schedule a time you guys can come out take a look at it if you maybe interested.

    12. Jason Rogers

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      I have 2 long straight walnut trees cut and ready for pick up. For sale 50 miles south of Pittsburgh/35 miles north of Morgantown. 7246279821 leave message.

    13. Tina M Carlamere -Bychick

      Black Walnut

      I have a large standing black Walnut tree I would like to sell .Approximately 4 ft across at least 100 ft tall . Would be great for a table ect…I also have a few smaller ones ..if anyone would be interested please contact me to set up a meeting 609 618 0776 ..thank you have a wonderful day

    14. Chuck

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      Come see me about the trees. Let’s make a deal

    15. Mel

      Large Redwood

      I have a large redwood tree in my front yard that I would like removed if there is anyone interested in this wood please contact me at 216-640-1929.

    16. Laronda Southworth

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    18. CJ

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      I have a black walnut tree that I want to remove from my yard. Looking for anyone interested in taking the tree down or sharing the cost of taking it down plus the wood for yourself. Anything to get rid of it. Message me if interested

    19. 60-75 ft White Ash tree removal needed, Columbia Station, Oh

      I have one dead, split twin trunk, approx. 40″ dia. trunk base, 60-75ft White Ash tree that I need to get removed. I am also considering removing the top 50% of five(5), 60-75ft tall, straight pine trees. Three(3) of the trees are White Pines, the other two(2) are Spruces. If anyone would be interested in removing these trees, for the wood, please do not hesitate to contact me by email.

    20. Chad Bradford

      Hickory tree down in my yard.

      I was told 15 years ago by my neighbor that my tree in my yard was hickory. If i ever got rid of it the Amish love hickory trees for crafting. I was reaching out to say today on 4/13/2020 that tree came tumbling down from a tornado! Contact if interested!

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      White Oak for sale or free cut down

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      In my yard I have a HUUUUUGE oak tree and 2 more large trees in my front yard I rly need to sell and get gone…. How do I go about doing this?

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    24. david j tine

      huge maple tree

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    25. Roy Sursa

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    26. Sandy Simmons

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    27. Kendra Hoffert

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    29. Ed Devitt

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      I have several pieces of wood 5 1/4″ thick 8″ – 18″ wide.
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    30. Karen Barnwell

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      I would like to have a very large and old hickory tree cut down. It would make fine cupboards or ax handles or more. It’s tall and straight. Please contact me to remove. Looking for soon please. Thank you, Karen

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    35. Julie Worth

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    36. Donna

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    41. Melvin Balduf

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    42. Amy

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    43. Cynthia Lennox

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      I have 5 – 6 large black walnut trees and two large maples. None of the black walnut trees or maple trees have ever contained nails or other metal. I’m looking for someone who could use the wood. I also have some weathered lumber from an old stable that would be useful in woodworking projects. (Stable is already dismantled. We live about 10 miles from Pittsburgh.

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