Our Amish handcrafted furniture is made with 5 types of hardwood. All of it is grown in North America, and mostly in the Northeastern U.S. and upper Midwest.
So why do you want your furniture made from solid hardwoods? There are several reasons:
- Hardwood resists denting, scratching and ordinary wear.
- It lasts. Hardwood furniture that is made well (ours is) and is properly cared for (yours will be, right?) can last for generations.
- Hardwood is beautiful. It absorbs stains evenly and sands to a uniform finish.
Here are the hardwoods you have to choose from.
Brown maple is the heart wood (the wood at the tree's center) of the sugar maple tree. Known for its durability and strength, it is creamy white or light beige with flecks and bands of brown. The color inconsistencies give it a rustic or country appearance, and it is frequently stained a darker color to even out the tonal variations.
White maple is the sap wood or outer wood of the sugar maple tree. Also known for its durability and strength, it has a much more uniform color than brown maple, from creamy white to light beige. The grain structure is fairly strong, despite its fine texture and uniform appearance.
The oak wood used in much of our furniture is red oak, which has a light brown color with a reddish tinge. It has a coarse texture and the most prominent grain pattern of all of our woods. Red oak is the most common hardwood in North America, and mature trees typically reach 70 feet tall.
White oak has a lighter color and finer texture than red oak. All the white oak in our furniture is quarter sawn, which means the log is sawn in quarters at the mill and the boards are then sawn perpendicular to the boards from the adjoining quarters. This cause the growth rings to intersect the face of the board at an angle, resulting in a dramatic flecking pattern.
Cherry wood is a reddish brown color, and the wood oxidizes over time and ages to a deeper and richer reddish hue. It has a smooth closed grain pattern, similar to maple. A popular wood for cabinetry and furniture making, cherry is often given a natural finish or light colored stain, to highlight its natural color and luster.