8/18/2014 8:39:54 PM CST

Friend's of Woodland Road School Amish Author Presentation

A friend of mine alerted me to this speaking event going on Sunday, August 24th and I hope some of you have a chance to make it.

The Plain People; Hutterites, Mennonites, & the Amish
Presentation by author and speaker Reynold Kremer
August 24th, 1pm

Woodland Road School
W3312 County Rd R
Iron Ridge, WI 53035

 You can RSVP via their Facebook event here

Join us for a presentation by Reynold Kremer, author of "Driving the Back Roads, the Amish in the World but Not of It." Mr. Kremer will take us on a trip into the world of the Anabaptists (Amish, Old-Order Mennonites, and Hutterites) with emphasis on the history, religion, and heritage of the Amish.

His talk begins at 1 p.m. so please arrive earlier. The schoolhouse will be open to tour and light refreshments available.

Friends of Woodland Road School


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8/12/2014 1:58:24 PM CST

H&L Rustic Reclaim Furniture on Amish In Wisconsin

One of the most talented Amish woodworkers I have come across in my travels across the state has definitely been the owner of H&L Rustic Reclaim Furniture in Cashton, WI. 

H&L Rustic Reclaim Furniture on Amish In Wisconsin

Henry, the owner, is not only incredibly young, but is self-taught and still has the ability to skillfully craft gorgeous pieces of furniture out of old barn wood as if he has been doing it for over 50 years. And of course, like all Amish, he is modest about it. 

H&L Rustic Reclaim Furniture on Amish In Wisconsin

His pieces have gained some attention from larger hotels across the United States and he is now making chairs, tables, and benches in large quantities. During our last visit, he was in the middle of making a massive sliding barn door for a hotel down south. 

H&L Rustic Reclaim Furniture on Amish In Wisconsin
One of the things I noticed about his pieces is that they were modernized for being Amish made. Most of the Amish made furniture I usually come across has a very country look to it. Henry's furniture pieces belong in a Pottery Barn catalog. When I asked him where he gets his design ideas from, he said they were just ones he would put in his own home. His early success probably has something to do with that. 

Amish Made Little Free Library on Amish In Wisconsin

Another thing that keeps him exceptionally busy is making hundreds of Little Free Library boxes. When he was originally commissioned to make these Little Free Library boxes, it was only a handful at a time. Now, he is making hundreds at a time to keep up with the demand. 

Little Free Library boxes are becoming more and more popular in neighborhood all across the country. Some of you probably have noticed them in your own city or town.

Amish Made Little Free Library
For more information on Little Free Library, go here

H&L Rustic Reclaim Furniture on Amish In Wisconsin
If you are looking to purchase barnwood, like I was, he has some of the best looking boards I have come across yet. 

H&L Rustic Reclaim
28681 Cty. Hwy. U
Cashton, WI 54619

Hours are not posted, but the shop is usually open between 8 am - 5 pm 
Closed Sunday

If you would like to contact Henry by phone, please email me via my contact page

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9/5/2013 9:00:58 AM CST

First off, I want to apologize for giving such late notice on this. I hope some of you are able to make this tour and I would love to meet any of my readers! 

Dalton/Kingston Bus Tour with tour guide & author Richard Dawley
Friday, September 27th, 2013
Departing from Arboretum at 9am and arriving back at 4pm
W180 N7890 Townhall Road, Menomonee Falls 53051

Cost: $27 (includes lunch at an Amish farm)
This tour will make about 4 - 5 stops
Most likely the stops will be Mischler's Country Store, Pleasant View Bakery, Oven Fresh Bakery, etc..

To reserve a spot, please contact Pamela at Arboretum 262-253-0909 
Please try to pay in advance (you can mail a check) since Arboretum has to pay in advance. 

After you reserve your spot, please mail your check to:
 W180 N7890 Townhall Road, Menomonee Falls 53051

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