Furniture manufacturing has become such an important piece of the fabric of life among the Amish, it is hard to remember how different things were in the past. In the early 1990s, woodworking was mostly a hobby among the Amish. It was something to dabble in after a day’s work on the farm or at the RV factory. Most of the woodworking businesses were “Dawdy shops”, retired grandfathers turning out a few pieces for neighbors or the occasional lone wolf who produced custom furniture.”Woodworking” was often part of the job description of carpentry crews who not only constructed a home from the ground up, but also built the kitchen and bathroom cabinets and sometimes even other furniture to furnish the home. Furniture in Amish homes was utilitarian, where function played a bigger role than form. It was more important that a table could stand up to the rigors of half-a-dozen hardworking farm boys than how it looked.