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Business Amish Gallery
Photographer: Vanda Bidwell
Without electricity, Amish wood shops use generators and pneumatic air motors to run power equipment.
Tourists from St. Louis file in for lunch at an Amish home south of Arthur.
Tourists explore Amish buggies on a field trip.
Das Holz Haus makes high-end furniture and cabinetry that is predominantly installed in multi-million dollar homes in the Chicago suburbs.
Traditional oak furniture is often associated with Amish craftsmen, like this set at Furniture Plus south of Arthur.
Yoder's Gazebo shop is south of Arthur.
The Amish craftsman signs the finished piece of furniture sold under the Simply Amish brand.
Obadiah Helmuth makes all of the coffins in the Arthur-Arcola area.
A tourist climbs in a buggy.
One of the Amish-made quilts for sale in the Otto sisters' quilt shop.
Most Amish furniture shops use a variety of woods, like cherry, hickory, quarter-sawn white oak, maple and other woods.
Several Amish-owned stores sell locally made quilts. This is MelRose quilts directly south of Arthur.
Miller's dry goods store has everything from bolts of material to baby bottles to kitchen utensils to hymn books and men's handkerchiefs.
RoseLens coffee and sandwich shop is one of the few Amish-run businesses within the village of Arthur.
Many Amish people prefer to get back and forth to work at the shops on bicycles.
Through the years, the state has required reflector signs and lights on the buggies.
The Amish coffins are lined with a simple muslin cotton lining and some excelsious or shredded newspaper for padding.
Das Holz Haus showroom is a popular stop for tourist busses.
Furniture Plus, directly south of Arthur, has a variety of Amish-made furniture.
Otto's canvas shop, west of Arthur, makes canvas covers for boats and campers.
Tourists stop for lunch in an Amish home south of Arthur.
The Simply Amish store in Champaign opened in Fall, 2007. It carries a line of Amish-made furniture that is sold all over the country. Much of the furniture was made in Arthur/Arcola.
Even though many Amish no longer make a living from the land, they are still rural people and live in the country even if it's on five or ten acres.
Married Amish men wear beards along the jawline; single men are clean-shaven.
Country shoe shop owner Richard Otto calls this his "Amish computer."
Coffinmaker Obadiah Helmuth's workshop.
Most of the Amish buggies are made locally. This is Howard Chupp's buggy shop on the east edge of the district.
Das Holz Haus employs about 30 full-time workers.
Amish work crews hire non-Amish drivers to get them to work sites.
Beachy's bulk food store began providing fresh eggs and groceries to Amish families and now draws shoppers from Charleston, Mattoon, Decatur, Champaign and the surrounding area.
No Sunday sales is a typical sign in the Amish community. They reserve that day solely for worship and family.
Many Amish housewives bake for others to bring in extra income. This is Doris Yoder's store, west of Arthur.
Some Amish housewives, like Doris Yoder, serve meals in their homes to church groups and tourists.
Betty Graber's greenhouse.
Many Amish families have businesses at home.
Otto's canvas shop is a family-run business. In addition to founders Melvin and Annie Ellen Otto, three of their grown children and their families work in the shop.
Doris Yoder's shop.
A meal served on a typical tourist bus trip usually includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, vegetables, cherry pie, cream pie and homemade rolls.
Amish buggy horses learn to be comfortable with city traffic.
Most Amish men don't make their living on the land any longer, but most Amish families keep horses on their small acreage to grow hay and silage crops.
Beachy's bulk shop, southeast of Arthur, bakes pies Friday afternoon and draws buyers from 100 miles around.
Amish housewife Betty Graber taught herself how to grow perennials, annuals and bedding plants in her greenhouse near Cadwell, southwest of Arthur.
The Big Red Barn at Tuscola near the outlet mall has a showroom of Amish-made furniture.
Amish crews work construction all over central Illinois.
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