Amish Life

[Music] the first light of a new day brings life to Amish country [Music] the Amish and harmony are what they consider Old Order Amish they are very conservative some of the most conservative in the United States they do not have telephones so they they do not have refrigeration they are not allowed to work in town on a permanent basis we're trying to keep it simple I guess we're trying to just have a quieter life and more of a family life Dennis takes pride in being a good husband father and craftsman it's not hard work he says this community knows they need to live in the world but will not conform to the English world some of those conveniences bring other things in to our life that we would rather not have there's unwritten rules called order that governed the Amish --is lights so they follow those rules keep the separate from to avoid vanity the Amish believe they shouldn't drive cars or tractors have electricity or plumbing and most don't allow pictures with recognizable faces that comes from the 10 commandments where it says you shall have no graven image before me and they feel that if we're made in God's image having an image of us is the same as having an image of God so they do not have any pictures they don't know what their grand great-grandparents look like it's what I did all my life that's the way I grew up and I don't think of it as something special they do have a sink that has cold running water but that is the only sink in the house they do not of course have any other indoor plumbing no electricity no electricity so this it's all wood-burning all their heating and cooking is done with would it teach their irons for their ironing it's the center of their not only their kitchen by the home and after a long day's work the family will gather in the living room to relax so and socialize yep all the Amish households will have a drying rack above their stove someone will have them in the kitchen as well as in their living room the bedrooms are all upstairs that's the only thing at our upstairs are bedrooms there's usually four to six seven bedrooms in the house especially for the larger families they want to be as plain and simple as they can and sameness is very important to the Amish whether it's their clothing whether it's their buggies that they use the houses that they build they don't believe that anyone should be better than anyone else maybe that keeps thoughts from wine wanting to be like the Joneses and we can't afford that won't be trying to catch up with the other person maybe that helps that tool and when the Sun sets kerosene lanterns light the night it's a simple life that preserves tradition for generations to come gommi came to the Harmony area in 1973 that came out of Wayne County Ohio mostly farmers today fewer and fewer are farming and more and more are doing their crafts I was born in Ohio and I specialize in making bedroom furniture doing a good job sandy but I see a spot right there that's yeah you may decide yeah I see that Dennis works from home kind of nice to get up in the morning and and do your little chores and eat breakfast and you're right you don't have to go very far for work and for him farming is a hobby well woodworking pays the bills we try to stay away from the electric or modern conveniences to have a quieter life it is not all that quiet sometimes like right now it's pretty hectic I have a lot of furniture ordered I'm up to my neck in work right now this is his woodworking shop all of the machines run without electricity you know I run it with a diesel engine it's about 40 whores Dennis says it's like a tractor without the shell the connective v-belts and a shaft and powers the entire shop and this is the final product every chair dresser that frame all I feel like it's all high-quality furniture I don't even go to furniture stores now because I like I says I like the oak Amish furniture and this is the place I get it and I just am very impressed with the quality of work that he does also I'll do one blink jobs Dennis closes another sale he isn't the only one working to put food on the table eight to ten is a normal family I mean they may have anywhere up to fourteen Rick's Bishop is a local Amish tour guide he says that women are the homemakers women get up early in the morning they'll start the fire in the stoves they'll get the meal going for breakfast and it's very important for young ladies as we get out of the eighth grade and learn how to bake and quilt and soul how the garden things that is going to be very important when they start their own families it's also important for them to teach them how to garden because they grow about 85% of the food that they consume they they grow on the farm that tan in an 8 year old they can do the dishes there's a boy that is sick he'll help with the dishes too and carry wood while the girls are doing the chicken chores and and you know gathered ax and feed the chickens and even dentist as simple traditions will continue and home will always be Harley