About 30-40 years ago, the Arthur Amish community recognized that they were facing increasingly expensive land costs to continue their farming way of life. They resolved at that time to adopt woodworking as an acceptable alternative to farming to create jobs and keep their people employed. They also took the stance that they would not boast of their craft through advertising, but instead let the quality of their work speak for itself and let word of mouth be their marketing tool. This adoption of top quality has helped to make the Arthur Amish community into one of the largest hand crafted oak furniture producing area in the country.
Our Wood Stores: Our niche is that we represent many Amish custom woodshops to you, the public, and thus help to allow them to limit their contact with the outside world. We started our store well over 30 years ago, when, aware of our retail and woodworking background, a number of Amish country shops expressed a need to us for an “in town” showroom which they were not able to provide. While now a few shops have their own showrooms, many still feel that they would rather keep some distance from the general public. Helping them keep a separation, plus our ability to assist you with design ideas that make your items truly custom pieces, sets us apart.
In our main store in downtown Arthur, we feature Amish produced, quality custom solid wood furniture. While we’d be happy to help you select or design an heirloom piece of furniture and ship it directly to you, we also thought that you might be interested here in smaller, table top items which make wonderful, functional home accents, and even greater gifts. All are Amish made and come with our unconditional guarantee of satisfaction. We also carry other great gifts and food products such as custom local quilts, select pottery and small wood products from local artists, gourmet coffee whole beans or ground, and a wide variety of gourmet teas.
We encourage people to visit us at our store in downtown Arthur, in the heart of the Illinois Amish Country, in order to get a view of the quality custom wood craftsmanship. It gives people the chance to see furniture made in cherry, hickory, walnut, quartersawn white oak, red oak, and maple in a wide variety of stain colors. Our showroom features different styles of tables, chairs, hutches, bedroom, living room, entertainment centers and office furniture. We also encourage people to bring in their own drawings or sketches of custom furniture that they would like built. We can also custom build furniture in many styles including Mission, Country, Queen Anne, Shaker, and Victorian in your choice of woods including oak, hickory, walnut, cherry, quarter sawn oak and maple.
Us Personally: Our family members have been retailers on main street in Arthur for three generations. We’ve been successfully serving the public in a number of retail areas over these years and more specifically have been involved in the custom Amish furniture and wood industry since 1970. Our family has not only worked in the retail side but also directly in the production of the furniture and cabinetry. We have an Arthur history that we are proud of.
Our roots are deep, and our success in retail has been based on value and service. We guarantee that you will be happy with any piece of custom Amish furniture or gift you buy from us. Our quality is second to none, and you’ll find our prices very fair.