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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3/13/2014 9:34:47 AM CST

The Amish Project, a play based on the tragic events of the Nickel Mines shooting in Lancaster, PA in 2006, is coming to the Wisconsin Rapids Community Theatre March 29 - 30.

The play is both performed and written by Jessica Dickey. Tickets for The Amish Project can be reserved by calling WRCT’s Box Office at 715-421-0435. Ticket prices will be $10 for WRCT’s subscribers and $12 for non-subscribers.

The play is inspired by the killing of five girls in a hostage-taking at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Pa., in October 2006, yet beyond a few facts drawn from the incident, it is fictional; the characters are imagined by Ms. Dickey. 

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2/4/2014 11:48:27 AM CST

The Amish Shunned

Premiering tonight on PBS (02/04/14), The Amish: Shunned will be on at 8pm Central. This is a 2 hour special on what it is like for the Amish to be shunned from their family, church, and community.

What is it like to be cut off from your faith and your family? The Amish: Shunned follows seven people who have chosen to leave their closed and tightly-knit communities for the outside world, knowing they can never return. Each has paid deeply for their decision. Estranged from loved ones, these former Amish find themselves struggling to make their way in modern America.


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