²The Amish Home Gallery specializes in high quality and well designed solid wood furniture. Furniture built by true Amish craftsmen is an investment in the future. The Amish Home Gallery works directly with numerous Amish furniture builders from the two largest settlements of Amish in Indiana and Ohio. Each builder has been selected with care to provide quality furniture to The Amish Home Gallery. Just as there is good and poor quality manufactured furniture, there is also good and poor quality Amish furniture. Following are standard features and facts you will find while shopping at The Amish Home Gallery:
Special attention is given to each individual piece with unmatched attention to detail. Mortise and tenon joints and dovetailed drawers on full extension ball bearing glides are standard features that ensure years of lasting function and beauty. Leg tables have smooth wood glide systems while pedestal tables feature geared slides and are available with self storing leaves. Each piece of furniture is hand stained by finish specialists in your choice of a wide array of stain colors. A durable and easy care Conversion Varnish is applied to ensure years of genuine lasting beauty and durability.
Wood Furniture Options:
Many sizes, wood species, and finish colors are available to order. This is by far what sets The Amish Home Gallery apart from other stores that sell Amish furniture. All of the furniture that is ordered can to be stained and finished in any one of more than 25 different choices. Finish options include regular staining and painting, to glazing and distressing. Just because it’s Amish, that doesn’t mean that we can’t do the trendy new finishes for today’s modern home
The Amish Home Gallery only offers solid, hardwood furniture. All hardwood contains variation in its color and grain. In the manufacturing and finishing process, the Amish take great care to bring out the natural beauty and character of each piece of wood. These wood characteristics give each piece of solid wood furniture its unique charm, and, although the finishing processes are identical, no two pieces will be exactly the same. Following is some specific information about the different wood types we offer:
Oak is characterized by its orange reddish hue with the sapwood being white to light brown. The wood has a pronounced opened grain and is very durable with good wear-resistance. The stain absorbs into this open grain pattern becoming darker where the grain is close and lighter where the grain is more open. Over time, the oak will oxidize to a golden honey color and the reddish cast will somewhat diminish. As with most woods, exposure to sunlight will accelerate the speed and intensify the degree of oxidation.
Brown Maple is a unique combination of brown, tan, white and cream streaks, and has a more rustic appearance. It is a softer wood so it is more prone to scratches and denting with heavy use. Brown Maple’s naturally soft grain best absorbs medium to dark stains and its smooth surface is ideal for painted finishes. Choosing a lighter colored stain will best showcase the natural range of grain colors in Brown Maple, while a darker stain will blend the grain colors better. Wormy Brown Maple is also available.
Cherry wood has a fine satin-smooth texture and a circular grain pattern. The heartwood of cherry varies from a rich red to reddish brown, while the sapwood is creamy-white in contrast. Over time it will darken with exposure to light and heat. The wood may also naturally contain brown pith flecks and small pit pockets. Because it is a softer wood, it is more prone to denting with heavy use. Cherry wood has a natural reddish hue and this warmth is intensified by all of the cherry stains. When stained, this fine grain has a very even-toned finish. Rustic Cherry and Sap Cherry are also available.
QUARTER SAWN WHITE OAK
Quarter Sawn White Oak has a unique grain pattern which is achieved by cutting the wood at a 90 degree angle to the tree’s growth rings. If you love furniture with texture, then Quarter Sawn is a great choice. This wood has a cooler white to sage undertone and is very durable with good wear-resistance. Because Quarter Sawn White Oak is cut at an angle, it exhibits a tight grain with dramatic light and dark tones. Quarter Sawn White Oak absorbs stains richly and evenly. The natural variation of color exhibited in the wood grain is enhanced with staining. Rustic Quarter Sawn White Oak is also available.
Hard Maple is one of the hardest domestic woods in the USA. Because of its hardness, it is very durable. The sapwood is creamy white with a golden hue and the heartwood varies from light to dark golden brown. The wood has a close, fine texture and a light circular grain pattern. The light tone of Hard Maple makes the stain colors appear bold and bright, while the hard and smooth texture makes it less suited to dark stains. The hardness can prevent the stain from soaking into the wood, which can create darker stained areas. This wood captures light and brightens any space.
Hickory is a fine but open grained wood. In its natural state it will have more color variation than any other wood we use. The color can range from white, to tan, to brown, or even reddish brown and it is a beautiful wood for furniture. Hickory welcomes a full range of stains. However, if by staining the intent is to even out the vast color variations this often does not happen. When staining hickory, the results can often be unpredictable. It is also the strongest wood type that we offer. Rustic Hickory is also available.
Elm’s heartwood is reddish-brown in color. Its grain is fairly straight but sometimes interlocked with coarse and woolly texture. Elm’s wild grain pattern showcases especially well in darker stain colors. Because it is a softer wood, it is more prone to denting with heavy use. While furniture made from Elm is uncommon, it possesses a unique distinction highly sought after.
Walnut’s grain is usually straight, but can be irregular. Heartwood can range from a lighter pale brown to a dark chocolate brown with darker brown streaks. Color can sometimes have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. Sapwood is pale yellow-gray to nearly white. Figured grain patterns such as curl, crotch, and burl are also seen. Walnut is many times appreciated without stain or natural, however, it does accept stain beautifully.
Lumber from Walnut trees isn’t always cut into small boards. In some cases, large lengthwise cross-sections of the tree are used as “live edge” slabs. Other wood species are available as live edge, however, Walnut is selected for its uninterrupted grain pattern and unique, natural shape. The Amish Home Gallery offers several live edge furniture pieces. These stunning creations must be seen to appreciate!
Janka Hardwood Hardness Scale
The Janka hardness test measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. It measures the force required to embed an 11.28 millimetres (0.444 in) diameter steel ball halfway into a sample of wood. This method leaves a hemispherical indentation with an area of 200 mm². This is one of the best measures of the ability of wood species to withstand denting and wear. The chart linked above displays all of the wood species The Amish Home Gallery provides.
Wood Furniture Care:
Amish built solid wood furniture features a finish know as a Conversion Varnish. This premium grade of finish is tough and resistant to minor marring and abrasions as well as foods, beverages, and common household chemicals. Conversion Varnish offers a very hard finish, but like any finish, may still be scratched or damaged if not cared for properly. Following are some tips for solid wood furniture care:
- Generally a soft, damp cloth followed by a dry, soft cloth is all that is needed to clean the finish. If a cleaner is required, a mild soap is recommended. A high quality furniture polish may be used occasionally, applied with a soft cloth.
- Avoid polish products containing wax, silicone, or oil. These products are not needed with a Conversion Varnish and can damage the finish.
- Avoid cleaners containing bleach, ammonia, or abrasives.
- Padding should be used under all items that are sharp, abrasive, hot, or cold.
- Solid wood furniture is best kept within the humidity range of 35% – 45% to minimize gapping and cracking. Avoid placing solid wood furniture near radiators, heating vents, or wood burning fireplaces and stoves.
- Continuous direct sunlight and smoke should be limited to prevent changes to the appearance of the finish
- Dyes and inks may discolor the finish. The ink and dyes from newsprint and plastic bags can penetrate into the finish especially when damp.
- Table leaves should be stored flat in an area that maintains the same humidity as the dining table. Avoid storage in attics and basements.
- For frequent entertaining or large gatherings, consider using a table pad on your dining room table to help prevent scratches and dents.
The Amish Home Gallery is proud to offer performance fabrics! These innovative fabrics are made for every day life; durable and easy to clean.
Revolution Performance Fabrics are available on dining chairs, gliders, recliners, benches and more. This 100% Olefin fabric is virtually unstainable and solution dyed making it extremely fade resistant. 100% made in the USA
Crypton Home Fabrics are available on dining chairs, gliders, recliners, benches and more. These fabrics are permanently transformed with stain and odor protection through an immersion process, plus an impenetrable moisture barrier that protects the fabric from spills. 100% made in the USA.
Livesmart Performance Fabrics are available on Carriage Mills Upholstery including sofas, loveseats, chairs, ottomans, and more. These fabrics combine durability and cleanability with performance yarns that are encapsulated with stain and moisture repellents.
The Amish Home Gallery does not provide pricing on the website. This is not done to frustrate you or make you call the store for pricing. This is done because every single piece of furniture sold is available with so many options that it is virtually impossible to price it all on a website. Most everything can come in a variety of sizes, as many as 12 different wood species, 25 or more different stains and finishes, and the ability to customize pieces to fit your needs. The Amish Home Gallery understands that people love to shop via the Internet because they don’t want to be bothered with pushy commissioned sales people. That is why none of the salespeople are paid commission. They are available to provide a fair and honest price as well as information and advice. Feel free to contact either store for pricing or questions on anything on the website.
Furniture that is ordered at The Amish Home Gallery is made to order by Amish Craftsmen. This means that production begins after your order is received and it is not simply shipped from a warehouse. This production time usually takes 8 to 10 weeks. Sometimes it can take less time and sometimes it can take longer.