6105Re: Board feet
- Apr 8, 2006I do not intend to ruffle any feathers, it is just that I have gained
a greater insight on the various amish beliefs in my area since I have
been suurounded by them. The ones next door to me are most
conservative, thay wont even use covered buggies, thay go down the
road when its below zero, holding an umbrella in front of them. They
follow many other stringent rules, but they do ride in other peoples
cars and come over to use my telephone, and like I said, use the same
tools in thier cabinet shop as I do. All powered by a line shaft with
a diesel engine at the end of the building. Another local sect is
much less conservative and I know many of them how drink coffee, smoke
or chew tobbacco, and converse casually and jokingly with others, I
have no judgemental view on any of this, its just when you really look
at it, some of them really live something of a life of reenactment,
with certain provisions. Not disimilar from sca, were we follow
certain rules that work for most, but not willing to give up all
This is a concept most of us could ponder, how inclined would we be
to do things, authenticly, in period fashion, if we had to do it all
the time, and the easy way was right there and available, all the time.
The thing about any Amish work or woodwork, that people dont realize
is that they will always do things as efficiently as they can within
thier rules, they are not foolish, instead, fitting between the
guidlines they live by makes them more inginuitive, they have to
figure out how to modify all modern equiptment to run on stationary
engines, or build thier own. The largest amish sawmill, a few miles
from me, has a hydralic log clam mounted on a chasis with steel wheels
drawn by a team of horses.
The whole thing strikes me as one giant anochronism
This is a far different view from many of my nieghbors, who have
nothing good to say about them and are very unhappy that they moved
into the valley. As far as I can tell this is nothing more than " I
dont like them cause thier different" type of mentality. Myself, I
would much rather have a neighbor who was bound to a life of honesty
and hard work, than say, someone who intended to move in and start a
meth lab ( thier quite the rage in wisconsin right now).
As far as perception of Amish quality being tied to scripture, I
dont know anyone who is really familiar with what scipture it is that
dictates what amish live by, so I doubt its possble that any of the
buyers have given it any thought whatsoever. I am very familiar with
biblical scripture myself, and attempt to live by it, but I wouldnt
say it decieds my quality of work, rather its my personal integrity
that is attached to everything I make that holds me to quality. I
feel personaly reaponsible for my work, and anyone who buys it should
be happy with it, and it should work properly. Most likely this value
of integrity comes from my christian upbringing, my father said and
lived by, "anything worth doing is worth doing right". If an Amish
man's dedication to quaility is tied to scripture, or tied to personal
standards, I could not possibly say, its just that I doubt that most
any of the consumers have ever consdered the manor with such depth.
If the rest of the world could live by "all things done well"
regardless of what god they believed in, if any, it would be a good start.
> I hope I have put this well enough to assure that that this isnota view of prejudice in any way, and I dont intend to offend
anyone,just present a logical view on the topic.
> COMMENTsomething to do with their Tenets - "All things done well for the
> that's a most interesting Post.
> Do you think that the perception of "Amish quality" might have
Glory of God"? - and - "Not unto us the praise, but unto God, who hath
guided our unworthy hands in His Work?"
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