Manasses Henry Furniture Company
We here at MANASSES HENRY FURNITURE COMPANY would like to introduce you to our solid lumber furniture, crafted to create heirloom quality. This is an investment that will last a lifetime. Our furniture is handmade by our craftsmen right here in Northern Indiana. Several pieces were designed by our great grandfather in the mid 1800's. Manasses Henry Furniture is built one piece at a time with a handrubbed oil finish. We use linseed and watco oil. These two products enhance the life of the furniture and are both non-toxic and environmentally safe. We also feature dovetailed drawers with solid lumber bottoms. All of our furniture is built from dried, furniture grade lumber; primarily oak, cherry, maple or quarter sawn white oak. It is important to remember that both heredity and environment affect a tree's structure and wood grain. Therefore, each piece of furniture is uniquely different from all others. Each type of wood will show its own characteristics of color and graining. Rather than warrant against these natural characteristics, we present them to you as unique traits of solid lumber furniture.
All cherry furniture will mellow or darken with age; therefore, a newly finished piece may be lighter in color than one which has been finished for some time. With time, however, the difference between the two pieces will gradually diminish. Oak, maple, quarter sawn white oak may also change slightly, especially if placed in direct sunlight. Slight shrinking may be caused by changes in humidity in your home. We recommend the use of an air conditioner and humidifier to control the humidity in your home.
In the Amish Heritage Furniture"Heritage" is not just another word. It's at the heart of the business .. In fact, it's the cornerstone on which this business was built. In the mid-1800s, an Amish farmer named Manasses Hochstetler came to Indiana. As he cleared the land for his farm, he used the wood to build furniture for his family. He passed this skill on to his son Cornelius; Cornelius passed it on to his son Henry, and so on down the line. This rich heritage is the foundation for Manasses Henry Furniture Company,owned and operated by Gene Beachy, the great-great grandson of Manasses Hochstetler. Many of the original pieces built by the family as far back as the mid-1800s are still being used today and passed down from one generation to the next. One of the original pieces built in 1933 by Henry Hochstetler is on display in the office as a model for quality and craftsmanship. What is so special about these pieces and why do they last so long? The answers to these questions give us not only a glimpse into the past, but a view of the present.Manasses Henry Furniture Companyuses the same techniques as they build furniture today.
Every piece is made from solid lumber construction. The finest northern hardwoods - oak, cherry, pine, maple, walnut and quarter sawn white oak- are harvested especially for this furniture.No plywood, chipboard or veneers are used in any part of the pieces.Where else can you find such quality features as solid lumber drawer bottoms, dovetail drawers, mortise and tenon joints, and hand-rubbed linseed and watco oil finishes?
Manasses Henry Furniture Company, many of our pieces are replicas of actual family heirlooms. To the craftsmen, making furniture is an art. They build pieces using the same time-honored techniques their grandfathers used. All the pieces at Manasses Henry Furniture is built on-site, with the exception of some chairs, which are built by Amish artisans in the area. From bedroom and dining room suites to chairs, sofas and accompanying pieces, Manasses Henry builds 165 different pieces. These pieces are not built on an assembly line; each piece is bench-built by one craftsman, signed and dated for posterity. Pieces in the showroom can be mixed matched. For example, you can choose a specific table you like, and then select the style of chair you prefer.

What if you have something else in mind? No problem. The motto of Manasses Henry Furniture is "If you can dream it, we can build it." Simply bring your idea to them and watch your dream become a reality. The made-to-order furniture is given the same attention to detail as all our pieces. Manasses Henry Furniture can custom make bedroom and dining room suites, wall units, kitchen cabinets, and other pieces exactly to your specifications. Manasses Henry Furniture Company is located in Middlebury, IN easily accessible from Exit 107 on I-80/90. By appointment only 800-870-2524 or
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