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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hand Pushed Garden Cultivators

Old fashioned hand push garden cultivators are making a strong come back as people turn to safer home grown vegetables. Shop one of the largest selections of hand push garden cultivators, featuring Amish USA made garden cultivators for any size and type of garden. Garden cultivators are available for men, women and children size gardeners.

People are returning to back yard vegetable gardens. More and more news reports show just how vulnerable our food chain is with contaminates, concerns with chemical and genetic altered vegetables being linked to serious health issues within the population.  It is also at a time when increased fresh vegetable consumption is being strongly recommended to reduce the risk of obesity and heart diseases.

Those who grown their vegetables can select Non-GMO seeds and use organic gardening methods for the safest and freshest vegetable and produce for their families.

Whether you’re growing a large, small, or even a container patio garden quality well built garden tools are essential.

Backyard gardening is not a new concept just a lost one.  At the turn of the Century and even long before almost every family grew vegetables and produce in a back yard vegetable garden. This was the only real option for fresh vegetables as most local general stores only carried a few canned and dry food items.

The hand push garden push cultivator was a basic necessity then as they are still today in the Amish self sustaining communities.

The Amish make their garden cultivators for long term use. You simply will not find the cheaper imported big wheel cultivators being used by the Amish because they are not as well made, harder to push and just don’t withstand long term use.

The owners at Cottage Craft Works go deep into the Amish communities to seek out and bring to the general public these well made garden cultivators and other Amish made products. 

Many of the Amish products are continued productions of the original time trusted designs.  As the country shifted over from home grown to store bought the Amish began having difficulty in finding companies who were still making the old fashioned products. Amish blacksmith and metal working shops began to reproduce those items to continue the Amish sustainable way of life.

The Hoss Wheel Hoe Garden Cultivators are actual reproductions of the once popular Planet Junior Garden Cultivators and are still considered the Cadillac of garden cultivators. The Wheel Hoe Garden Cultivators have the most available options from different cutting and slicing blades to a garden disk harrow as well as a garden seeder. They are also available in a single wheel or double wheel models, The double wheel straddles small plantings so that you can cultivate both sides of a row at the same time.  

The Weed & Till Rotary Garden Cultivator is another old time favorite reproduction.  It features a rolling drum with sharp cutting blade to chop weeds and then the traditional cultivating tines
The Flip and Go Garden Cultivator is a great example of Amish time saving ingenuity. It saves time from changing out the cultivating tines to a plow by simply flipping the cultivator over.

The E-Z Till, Easy Push and Gardener Choice Garden Cultivators are all designed for the Amish women and children in mind. They are the ones who mostly tend to the vegetable gardening and produce while the Amish men and older boys tend to the farm crops.  The cultivators feature a simple design using a hard rubber bicycle wheel in place of the traditional metal wheels.  The design makes the cultivator lighter weight and easier to maneuver.

Cottage Craft is a unique general store with an emporium of old fashioned USA made products.  Most of the products are still being made in small Amish shops where the shop owner still hand makes and packages their products.

See all of the Amish gardencultivators and attachments. Cottage Craft Works Garden Cultivators  

                                                   Easy Push Garden Cultivator

Amish Wagon, Kid, Haulers

Old fashioned little red Amish wagons are still being handcrafted just as they were in 1962. This family owned Amish shop still makes high quality Amish wagons used widely for, hauling supplies, the kids, yard, garden, farm and ranch chore items.  

Available options include sun covers, wagon seats, Conestoga cover wagon tops, cushions, and even a cooler rack.

Many might think these are the little red toy wagons that many grew up with; the fact is the Amish build multipurpose transporters as they would use them in their own families to last through several generations.

Sure every kid should have their own little red wagon to make believe fun from army jeeps, to Cinderella carriages and pet teasers. These Amish wagons go far beyond just being a toy.  Amish wagons are real durable workhorses with smooth rolling tires, and automobile style steering to reduce the chance of tip over on sharp turns.

Removable racks make them into a flat bed transporter or add the racks to make a kid hauler to transport the youngsters and all the family paraphernalia needed for an outing to the state fair, beach or park. 

Equip them with the optional sun tops, cushions, and cooler rack and you will have the equivalent to a family station wagon for fun in the sun.

Amish wagons are also available in many different color options, instead of red you can purchase them in blue, J.D. Green or even pink. 

Amish wagons are available at Cottage Craft

Cottage Craft Works is an online general store featuring hard to find USA made products mostly made and used by the Amish.

Amish Wagon Decorative Garden Decor

Shop a variety of Amish handcrafted wagons and carts for ornamental decor to functional uses. Purchase scaled replicas of authentic buckboard wagons, express wagons, goat wagons, wheelbarrows, peddler carts, market carts, and even vintage style kid’s wagons. Complete finished or unfinished. Wagon hardware kits are also all available.  

Cottage Craft Works .com has assembled one of the most comprehensive selections of Amish wagon decorative garden decor available anywhere on the Internet.

Featuring complete wooden or metal spoke ornamental yard and garden decor already finished or unfinished.

Cottage Craft Works also offers metal wheel hardware kits and plans to build many of their garden wagons and carts.

Many of the wagons and carts have been purchased for home and garden uses, but many are also sold for commercial uses such as store displays for produce and other merchandise. 

Because these wagons and carts are so authentically reproduced they are being used to make movies, television shows, and are even being used in living history museums.

Wood spoke wheels are still being handmade just as they were in the 1700, 1800, and early 1900 hundreds.

Cottage Craft is an online general store featuring hard to find USA made products mostly made and used by the Amish.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Clothes drying rack, folding, wheel, wall mounted, portable clothesline

Whether you’re living off grid, don’t own a clothes dryer or are just wanting to save some money, our old fashioned clotheslines and drying racks can save you a bunch of energy grabbing dollars per year.

Cottage Craft Works .com is a sustainable living back-to-basics general store with many Amish clothesline, drying rack, and wheel clothes line options.

Air drying clotheslines are a necessity for some living off grid, a convince for others who don’t want the hassle of dry cleaning and a way to feel more energy efficient while reducing their carbon foot print for many.

A clothesline can be as simple as stringing a rope or wire between two substantial objects such as a structure, a pole or a tree.  Although trees seem to harbor birds and while birds are great to have around they are not so popular dropping on freshly washed clothes.

Cottage Craft Works .com offers a wide variety of clothes dryers for both indoor and outdoor use.  These clothes drying racks and lines are mostly made in the USA by Amish and used in the Amish self-sustaining way of life.

Folding clothes racks either self standing or wall mounted are also very handy and functional for drying wet coats and gloves making them perfect for mud rooms and entries.

Almost every household can use a clothes drying rack or clothesline. Many different types and styles are available even for the most compact spaces in homes and apartments.

Denim jeans, blankets, coats, and other heavy weight items can be hung to air dry instead of taking over an hour to dry in traditional clothes dryer. 

Drying racks can are also multi functional for other drying needs on a homestead such as drying flower herbs, noodles, and more

Stainless Steel Drainboard

Our extra large home kitchen stainless steel drainboard is USA Amish made. Tired of those flimsy plastic drainboards?  This stainless steel drainboard will hold heaps of dishes, large pots, pans and cooking utensils.

Our popular standard home kitchen sink stainless steel drainboard is used by single or empty nest couples who don’t routinely have enough dishes to run a dishwasher. Drainboards are a basic necessity for those living in homes without dishwashers, or for off-grid kitchens.

These old fashioned drainboards could be found in most home kitchens at the turn of the century before electricity was made available to the common household.  Families large and small would hand washed dishes and other cooking utensils and then stacked them up on dish drying racks to air dry.

Without a drainboard to catch the water droplets under the dish racks water ran out and over the counter top and down the cabinet fronts and out on to the floor.

Many homes were equipped with kitchen sinks with a built in drain board, others relied on a slanted drain board like these to catch the droplets and channel the water back into the kitchen sink.

Over the years drainboard manufactures have cut corners to save money ending up with smaller flat plastic drainboards. The plastic drainboards sit flat on the kitchen counter with no slope to drain back into the kitchen sink. They are also not very attractive often sold with a plastic dish drainer rack that will only hold a small amount of dishes at a time.

Our Amish drainboards are not something that you will want to stuff under the kitchen sink when company comes. In fact your company will likely enjoy helping to cleanup during the holidays and then ask where they can also find one for their home.  

This stainless steel will fit at home in stainless steel kitchens and our decorator drain boards will fit at home in kitchens with black appliances.

The Amish who still live as people did at the turn of the century, living off grid with no dishwashers preparing meals daily for large families.  Like many of our products, we find them being made deep in the Amish communities and bring them to the general public via our online back-to-basics general store.

Stainless steel drainboards are one of our most popular functional use products that we sell. We offer them in either a closed back, with a back lip or an open back without the back lip.  The open back is a bit cheaper to make so we pass on the savings to our customers. Those who might need to also use the drain board to spray off dishes or to double as another prep area will appreciate the back lip when spraying off vegetables as well as flat ware.

With the popularity of these drainboards for close to a decade now we have also been asked to make and offer a decorator series drainboard for granite counter tops. These powder coated drainboards are available in cooper vane or black granite.

We also make stainless steel drainboards in custom sizes to fit a variety of different applications from larger to smaller, side drain to small commercial and food truck users.

Cottage Craft Works .com is a sustainable living back-to-basics general store offering old fashioned functional use items that are still being made and used in the Amish communities.  Scrolling through the online store of old fashioned products is like taking a trip back in time.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Spring Fever Landscape Woodworker Wagon Kits

If you’re getting a touch of spring fever for the garden and outdoors consider building one of these cute scaled replica wood wagons, peddler-market carts or wheelbarrow. 

These wagons and carts will make the perfect spring gift or a nice display for your own yard or garden space.

Large wagon boxes will hold an ample display of flowers and plants. Old fashioned replica buckboard wagons, express wagons or peddler carts will bring back those nostalgic times while providing functional uses.

Wagon and cart kits include the plans, the metal wheels and the stub axles to build these fun ornamental displays.

You supply the wood for your specific purpose. Use treated lumber for exterior applications to even hardwoods for interior furniture or store displays.

Cottage Craft has assembled a large selection of wood working kits as well as complete ready-made ornamental wagons and carts.

Cottage Craft Works is a full line country store bringing back old fashioned vintage products.

Cottage Craft Works also offers other woodworking kits and hardware to build sewing cabinets, a replica J & P Coats spool cabinet as well as full sized wagon and buckboard seats.

                                                       Vendor Cart Plans & Wheel Kit

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Scooter Kick Bike Ultimate Workout

Colorful push scooters as seen on TV exercise commercials and Amish shows; push scooters use regular bicycle wheels with a standing platform. 

They help deliver low impact calorie burning squats and improved balance. Riders push back with one foot and then glide along.  

Some riders who are not able to mount and ride a regular bicycle such as disabled or stroke victims have found that a push scooter bike gives them back the freedom and enjoyment of cycling. 

The low foot boards allow for a routine cadence as the rider scoots along as they would ride a regular bicycle.

Push scooters are available in all sizes from kids 12” all the way up to adult 20” and 24” wheel sizes.  High pressure racing tires are preferred by adult scooter enthusiast who feels they provide less resistance.  

Some prefer a combination of a larger wheel on the front such as a 24” and a smaller wheel on the back such as a 20”. They feel it helps to improve the overall ride and maneuverability.

For those hard core scooter kick bike enthusiasts light weight all aluminum versions are also available.

Scooter Kick Bikes are available with baskets, kick stands, lights and safety flags just like a regular bike.

Best of all these workout machines are easy to maintain there’s no chains, or gears to mess with.

USA made scooter kick bikes are made and used in the Amish communities. The Amish depend on these human powered transporters for short trips to town, school and work.

Cottage Craft is an online emporium of hard to find USA Amish made products. Amish scooter kick bikes are one of the best selling products at Cottage Craft Works online general store.

Sewing Machine Lift & Cabinet Hardware

Build your own sewing cabinet using our hard to find hardware. We supply sewing machine air lifts, cabinet lid and sewing machine head hinges and even the old fashioned treadle hardware.

The hardware is the same as used in Amish handcrafted sewing cabinets that we also sell. Our Amish hardware distributor sells this same hardware across the country to Amish cabinet builders. We just bring it to you via online.

The German made sewing machine air lift is the same heavy duty lift rated at 50 lbs that others are selling for much more.

The recessed sewing cabinet hinges are designed to reduce fabric snags as the material is being pulled over the cabinet into the sewing bed.

Cottage Craft Works .com is an online self-sufficient living general store with a specialty in Amish sewing cabinets and hardware.

Much more than just a sewing cabinet company Cottage Craft Works is a full line general store for the home, garden and ranch.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Mission Arts and Crafts Style Coat & Hat Racks

Trendy Arts and Crafts Mission Style furniture was very popular between 1880 and 1910. Now over 100 years later the trend towards Arts and Crafts d├ęcor is making a very strong comeback.

Some of it is due to the quest to find and rehabilitate old Craftsmen Style homes built during this era that were finished, trimmed and furnished with Mission style quarter sawn white oak.

Others just like the rich vintage look and feel of the old Mission Style furniture. It’s a 180° turnabout from when people moved away from the Mission Style in the early 1900s to a more modern look. 

That road has weaved in and out from painted to stain and varnish finishes with a mix of futuristic chrome and bright colors. It now appears to be returning back to the old Mission Style as people flock to antique stores in search of that perfect Mission Style piece or accent.

Mission Style furniture had it’s on unique appeal with very squared corners and simple lines that transitioned into the Arts and Crafts interior designs and furnishings.

Quarter sawn white oak with its unique cross cut grains brought the true beauty of oak used in Mission Style furniture. Today white oak has become very difficult to obtain and most can only find or afford standard red oak for new items.

What is also missing from that period and has now become prized collector pieces is the many Mission Style coat and hat racks.

Hat and coat racks were very common in homes offices and commercial buildings. The clothing attire was very formal during the Arts and Crafts Period as well with ladies coats, and men’s suit jackets, overcoats and hats. All these clothing accessories needed a place to land when people were at home, visiting or enjoying an evening meal out.

Today the dress code is very informal and a good solid functional coat rack is hard to come by especially during the winter months. Most families end up cluttering the home and furnishings with coats, hats and gloves. 

The Amish who also love the true beauty of solid oak Craftsman Style furniture have been producing items just as they were being made at the turn of the Century.

The Amish also practice sustainable forestry allowing them to continue to harvest beautiful white oak logs and mill it for their wood furniture and accessories.  

The good news is that you don’t have to travel to the Amish country to find these items. USA Amish handcrafted Mission Style furniture, coat and hat racks are available online at Cottage Craft

Cottage Craft Works is a unique online store bringing back old fashioned products of charm and integrity still being made in the USA by the Amish.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Heavy Duty Improved German Sewing Machine Air Lift

For years these German made sewing machine air lift mechanisms have been the choice for sewing machine cabinet manufactures. For years consumers have commented about the paint on the upright support would wear down, pit and gum up the roller bearings.

That issue has now been resolved with the introduction of a new zinc plated upright providing a durable surface for the roller bearings to ride up and down on the upright without chipping off any paint.

These are still the same German made airlifts being imported and sold by several US companies. Cottage Craft specializes in Amish made sewing cabinets and also makes the same sewing cabinet hardware used in the Amish cabinets available for those who want to build a sewing cabinet or are in need of replacing old hardware.

Working with the largest Amish hardware supply company Cottage Craft Works is able to provide the heavy duty 50 lb sewing air lift for about the same price as others are selling the lighter duty air lift for.

This can be a significant savings over what you might pay if you purchase this heaver duty lift elsewhere.

The lift operates off a cable and pulley system attached to a pressurized air cylinder similar to those used on automobile back hatch lids.

Cottage Craft is a full line old fashioned online general store dedicated to self sustaining lifestyles.  

The company has gained a respected reputation and was mentioned in the December/January 2015 issue of Vogue Patterns Magazine as a resource for Amish handcrafted sewing machine cabinets.

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