Where do Amish buggies come from? Most established Amish settlements have at least one full-time buggy maker, but those that don’t usually acquire their vehicles in larger settlements.
Amish buggy makers rarely make a buggy from top to bottom. Parts such as the wheels or undercarriage may come from other Amish shops.
One buggy shop owner acquaintance produces one new vehicle per week. Stephen Scott writes in Plain Buggies of a Lancaster buggy maker who estimates 100 man hours of work per vehicle, not counting wheels or top, which are done elsewhere.
Buggy making may be a side project for some. I recall a Daviess County, Indiana Amishman constructing a buggy in his garage as an after work project. Buggy makers meet at annual trade meetings, to share ideas and boost morale.
These photographs are from a buggy maker and repair shop in Big Valley, Pennsylvania.
This particular buggy is a challenge to ride.
The box and top framework.
Accessories: lights and reflectors…
And the all-important SMV (slow-moving vehicle) triangle.
Stick to the instruction manual, and the end-product should come out looking like these.
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