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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 Works.com.

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 Works.com 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 Works.com 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.


Collapsible Insulated Hunting Dog Transport Box

Hunting dog hunters take note of this collapsible insulated dog transport box from Cottage Craft Works.com. 



It provides so much more protection from the elements when traveling in the back of an open pickup during cold weather hunting; this insulated box will keep them ready for the hunt.

This sturdy hunting dog box uses full length riveted piano style hinges it is perfect for hunting dog owners with limited storage space during the off seasons. 


Traditional aluminum dog boxes quickly absorb and transfers heat and cold to the inside,

This dog transport box is insulated to a 4.6 R-Value. Two-way swinging aluminum dog door provides a warm and toasty transport during cold weather hunts. Door position is raised to keep bedding dry during rainy periods.

When open the dog box measures 35-1/4” x 24” x 25.



Cottage Craft Works.com is a unique back-to-basics general store providing hard to find products from deep within the Amish communities from all across the US.


Chandelier Reproduction Hanging Single Oil Lamp

Beautiful Amish reproduction chain hung chandelier uses a new old fashioned style quilted pattern oil lamp. 

Glass lamps are available in several different colors; these functional oil lamps are still being made and used in Amish homes.


Old fashion oil lamps are still is used in the Amish self-sustaining communities. Just as people did before electricity reached rural areas of the country the Amish who live off-grid still use these oil lamps and lanterns. Oil lamps are great for emergency lighting during and after storms when normal grid-power is not available or for those returning to off-grid lifestyles.

Select from black, gold, or stainless to fit your individual decor; these lamps are perfect for backup lighting or to fully live off-grid.

Hanging oil lamps are also available in a horse hames chandelier for that country ranch home.
Lamps are USA Amish made in Ohio and are available exclusively online at Cottage Craft Works.com



Cottage Craft Works.com is a unique back-to-basics general store providing hard to find old fashioned products used before electricity was widely made available.  

Many of the products are handpicked from deep within the Amish communities from all across the US where they are still being made just like they were at the turn of the Century.


Amish Compact Wash Line-Clothesline Pulley Kit

Pulley equipped clothesline allows easy access to outdoor clotheslines without ever having to step off a back porch. 

This becomes a rather significant advantage for those who don’t want to tramp through and track in wet grass and mud from an early morning dew. Even more so for those who totally depend on outdoor clothes drying year round even with deep snow on the ground.  

The concept of a pulley driven clothesline concept is not new. Pulley mounted clotheslines were widely used between multi story apartment buildings long before automatic clothes dryers were available.

The operator can stand in one place preferably at the back door to the laundry room and completely load and unload a clothes line.



The Amish have taken the pulley concept a bit farther. Having large families and multiple wash loads the Amish have built a heavy duty pulley system to extend a clothesline up to 150’ away from the house.



The outbound pulley can be mounted high up on a building or post to allow the clothes to be well elevated up off the ground out of reach and conflict of other activities and animals in the yard.

There’s even an optional elevator pulley system to raise the operator pulley so that it also lifts the clothesline up and out of the way on the house end.




Cottage Craft Works.com is a unique back-to-basics general store providing hard to find old fashioned products used before electricity was widely made available.  

Many of the products are handpicked from deep within the Amish communities from all across the US where they are still being made just like they were at the turn of the Century. 

USA Water Well Pitcher Pumps and Parts, Heller Aller

Popular Amish USA made brass cylinder shallow well picture pumps have been pumping fresh potable water since 1886.

Those who depend on a hand pitcher well pump have relied on Heller Aller pumps to deliver for centuries.

Whether you live off grid, have one as a backup, or just use a pitcher pump up at the cabin you know that one cannot go without fresh water.

While many imported pumps have flooded the market; unless they are being purchased for ornamental displays, those who have purchased them soon find out they are not dependable and parts are not even available to match metric sizing.

Cottage Craft Works.com is a supplier of old fashioned hard to find products for homesteading and living off the grid sells all the USA made Heller Aller pumps and complete parts to rebuild them.

This is rather refreshing in today’s merchant frenzy to just sell products without the old fashioned support to get the parts and leather repair kits should one become damaged.



The PHB brass cylinder force pump is the most popular shallow well pump sold today.  It allows water to be pumped up to an overhead tank for gravity flow.  The PHB can also be used in line to a shallow well electric pump to pull water in case of electrical outages.



The Fig-T brass cylinder pump is a traditional shallow well pitcher pump ideally used at a sink side.

Cottage Craft Works.com can also provide you all your deep well hand pumps including windmill and force pumps.


Metal silhouettes for country and hunting decor

While most use thin metals and spray paint metal silhouettes ours are Amish USA made using 14 gauge steel and then powder coated with a durable outdoor baked on finish for years of service.  

Popular personalized two man saw blade is 59” long to form a lasting impression on visitors who will pass through your doors and gates for years to come.



Cottage Craft Works.com www.cottagecraftworks.com specializes in finding hard to find USA Amish made products from deep into the back roads of America.



The Amish have an outstanding reputation for building high quality products that are just made to last.

Imagines are transformed by an Amish artist into a laser engraving machine.  The attention to detail provides unique reverse patterns not found in most other silhouette engravings.

Amish Silhouettes are available for the passionate wildlife and hunting-fishing enthusiast to the country home decorator with cowboy, horses and wagons images of the past and current Amish and American Heritages are available.


Hand Painted Barn quilt signs with affordable shipping

Popular vintage American Heritage quilt patterns are being transformed by hand painting onto outdoor sign material by talented Amish artist. 



We offer them in 24” x 24” quilt block squares to provide economical shipping for larger sizes.

Bright and cherry barn quilts have added colorful memories to the Midwestern landscape. If you have recently traveled through Indiana and Ohio recently you may have noticed these beautiful quilt signs and barns and structures.



Up until now the larger sizes in 4’x 4’ to 4’ x 8’ have been cost prohibitive to ship to other parts of the US.  The smaller sizes that can be shipped are simply dwarfed when they are placed on the gable of most buildings.

Cottage Craft Works.com offers the popular Star Spin, Eight Point Star, Mariner Compass and Autumn Leaf quilt patterns in 24” square blocks that can be assembled in different configurations to build any size of barn quilt display desired.



Each pattern is hand painted by an Amish artist to duplicate the authentic patterns used in Amish hand stitched quilts.

The patterns are painted on exterior grade MDF board used by commercial sign companies.

If you’re in driving distance to Northern Indiana; Cottage Craft Works can arrange to have larger sizes made and available for you to pickup. 

Cottage Craft Works www.cottagecraftworks.com is a back-to-basics general store specializing in mostly Amish cottage based businesses. 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

USA Glass Water Bottle Dispensing Crock Protective Ring Solution

For those who have been looking for a plastic ring protector to fit the top of a USA made water bottle dispensing crock you will be happy to know the solution is at your local hardware store.

In many areas the glass water jugs are still available to use on the water dispensing crocks. While plenty of imported ceramic water bottle crocks are sold to fit these bottles there’s much concern of them containing lead and other impurities. This concern sends people looking for an old fashioned USA made water bottle dispenser containing no lead or cadmium like the ones sold at Cottage Craft Works.com

The old fashioned USA made water bottle crocks at Cottage Craft Works.com are still hand turned and do not have the standard measurements as the imported water bottle crocks. Plastic glass bottle protector rings sold online for the imported crocks will not fit these larger unique USA versions.

This is not an issue for those using the plastic water jugs as they do not need the protector ring. On the old style glass jugs the plastic protector serves as a buffer to keep the glass and pottery glaze from scratching off into the water reservoir during water bottle changes.

If you have a Cottage Craft Works water bottle crock or another USA one made to also use a lid it will have a lid ledge inside the top. This lid ledge perfectly holds a 20 ¼" coiled length of 1” O.D. clear plastic tube sold by the foot in hardware stores.

The plastic tubing is sold for water lines and other applications.  It comes off the roll somewhat flatten.  When coiled inside the lid ledge it sticks up just enough to balance the neck of a full water bottle on and then seals around it when the bottle is lifted up into place.  The ring stays snugly in place when replacing water bottles and will lift out easy for cleaning.


The clear tubing blends in well with the clear glass jug and is not as noticeable as the plastic rings. Price wise at less than $4, this protector ring is much cheaper than the plastic rings as well.

Cottage Craft Works.com is a unique back-to-basics online store selling a wide variety of USA old fashioned products. Touring the site is like taking a step back in time into an old time general merchandise store.l




Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sunrise Maple Syrup Evaporators direct from the Amish Sunrise Metal Shop

Sunrise has developed into a full line supplier of high quality wood fired maple syrup evaporators and stainless maple syrup products.

In the Northern Indiana Amish country Sunrise Metal Shop a family operated Amish shop has been developing and manufacturing some of the best stainless steel maple syrup evaporators available.
Since 1972 when their first maple syrup evaporator was manufactured for the local maple syrup production, Sunrise has developed into a full line supplier of high quality wood fired maple syrup evaporators and stainless maple syrup products.
Many in the maple Syrup industry have seen or know of Sunrise evaporators, or actually own them, but because they are mainly marketed to other Amish communities, the general public has not had the Internet or commercial exposure of other manufacturers in the maple syrup industry.
The Sunrise Maple Syrup Evaporators are now available online at Cottage Craft Works .com



We visited one of the Sunrise demonstrations in February of 2012 as the Amish gathered into a barn bringing in their fresh maple sap for cooking down into the wonderful maple syrup.
From the road it looked like any other Amish gathering but as we entered we found a giant Sunrise cooker being stoked with firewood and manned by several Amish in an assembly line process.
What makes Sunrise evaporators so intriguing is they are all made in an Amish shop by skilled Amish workers. Just about everything made in the shop uses heaver gauge steel and stainless. Stainless Joints and seams are welded with a tig welder. Sunrise uses 20 ga Stainless while others use 22 ga.
These evaporators are being built with long life spans in mind, as the Amish build things that they will use hard and last for a very long time.
Fire boxes are larger and built using heaver grates and thicker sidewalls than other factory built units. Fire boxes also come lined with fire brick for a longer firebox life span.
We expected to find a dark shop, with antiquated equipment. To our surprise we found a modern factory with the most modern equipment that was built just in 2009.
While the evaporators featured on the Cottage Craft Works website are geared more to the hobby farm and small commercial producer, larger commercial sized evaporators like the one we saw in operation are also available.
Hobby sized evaporators range in size from a 2 X 3- 35 tap 10 Gallon per Hour model, to a 2 X 6- 250 tap 35 Gallons per hour. Prices range from $1495 to $3600. Fairly competitive to others on the market.
Probably the best buy for the large hobby/small commercial producer is the Sunrise 2 X 6 Spitfire model. It is designed to handle up to 250 taps. It’s a wood fired cooker with a 2 x 2 flat finishing pan and a 4 x 4 flue pan.
Overall cooking surface is 9088 sq inches. The 2 x 6 Spitfire will process approximately 35 gal of syrup per hour.
The flue pans built by Sunrise are also of exceptional quality. The 2 X 6 Spitfire flue pan is built with 8” deep flues. This provides additional cooking surface, which means the Sunrise Evaporators are very efficient. The 2 X 6 Spitfire has an overall cooking surface of 9088 sq inches.
Building this type of flue pan using heavy gauge Stainless Steel is probably one of the key attributes of the Sunrise Evaporators. It’s very expensive and labor intensive to build a flue pan this way, but again the Amish don’t build things to just sell they build things to use and last.
Gas fired hobby finishers are also available in both a two and three burner models. Sunrise also makes Stainless filtering tanks, finishing pans, scoops and skimmers.
Sunrise makes their own unique heavy stainless sap bag holder. They are easy to use and keeps the top closed for less rainwater and debris to enter during the sap collection process.
Working closely with the Amish cottage based industries, for the past 30 years Cottage Craft Works has developed an online general store filled with hard to find Amish products.

No Boil Maple Syrup Finishing Cooker





One of the most difficult processes in making quality maple syrup comes down to the finishing process. Maintaining maple syrup just below the boiling point throughout the finishing process is part skill and part the right equipment.
Maintaining even heat without hot spots in large cooking pans is the most difficult. Most cookers using single pans will concentrate the heat right over the top of the burners leaving a high potential for that area to succeed the boiling point while the rest of the batch doesn't.
Even the most experienced maple syrup processors fear the dreaded sugar sand. Sugar sand occurs when the maple syrup is allowed to boil during the finishing process. Sugar sand is like honey that has sat on the pantry shelf too long and turned to sugar.
The creative Amish at Sunrise has developed a no boil maple syrup finishing cooker in two models to fit on top of a two or three burner LP Gas stove.
The cooker uses a double wall water jacket stainless cooking pan that can be filled with water. Much like a double stove top boiler used to make candy or melt wax for canning the water may reach boiling the point but the contents inside will never boil.
These cookers can be used on a camp style LP gas cooker or Sunrise makes a complete portable stainless steel cooking stand that is easy to knock down and assemble.
These professional LP cookers can also be used for other outdoor cooking and the double wall pan can be used for other cooking applications.
These cookers will also process small batches of maple syrup for the small hobby and individual family. The process just takes longer than firing over a wood fired cooker and then using a finish cooker to finalize the process.
No boil finishing pans are also available through Cottage Craft Works .com
Cottage Craft works is a unique back to basics store featuring many Amish made products from across the many Amish communities. Many of these products are difficult to find.

Buggy Blanket | Carriage Blanket | Amish buggy blanket

Keep warm this winter with an authentic Amish buggy blanket from Cottage Craft Works

If you're going out in an open romantic buggy, sleigh ride or just to your favorite outdoor sporting event you need an authentic Amish Buggy Blanket to keep you warm and snug.
These blankets are perfect for RVs and campers, as well as all types of cold weather events. Keep one in the car in case you become stranded.
The Amish are well known for their horse and buggy transportation. Have you ever wonder how they can stand taking those long buggy trips to town on some of the coldest days and nights? The authentic Amish buggy blanket has a wind barrier built inside to help keep the cold wind chill out. The outer layers are soft plush fabric to maintain the body heat.
These plush blankets measure 58” X 78” and are available at Cottage Craft Works .COM. for $69.95. The buggy blanket ships directly from an Amish shop in Northern Indiana.
Cottage Craft Works at http://www.cottagecraftworks.com is a unique on line old time general store featuring all types of old time goodies from the past. Old fashioned products still American made with the pride and quality that built America are still available for our fast pace and crazy world we live in.
So take a step back in time and tour the many pages this nostalgic website offers. Not only can you order the buggy blanket you can even custom order your own full size buggy to go with it.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Water Hydrant Frost/Freeze Proof Stainless HD Faucet | Corrosion Resistant

Why go through another long cold winter dealing with a cantankerous hydrant when you are so dependent on getting out fresh outside running water?






If your farm, ranch or business depends on having plenty of outside running water when the temperature drops and stays below zero, you might want to take a look at this one of a kind outdoor Stainless Steel water hydrant, especially if you live close to salt water.
Made from Stainless Steel the top will not rust or corrode, inside push rod is made of Stainless and even the outside pipe can be upgraded from standard galvanized to stainless with a stainless foot valve.
Unlike the traditional frost proof hydrants sold in hardware and farm stores this outdoor hydrant has a unique rocker arm design. The handle is smooth operating, providing additional leverage to make it so much easier to use.
Even the lady ranchers, farm wives and small children will appreciate having no problems turning the water on and off when doing the outside winter chores.
The hydrant is also perfect to use in remote summer cottages and outdoor pavilions for when the season ends to quickly winterize the property.
An excellent hydrant for commercial, municipalities, camp grounds, service stations and etc. Also perfect for coastal areas near saltwater such, as beach cottages, parks, aquariums, fish and seafood processing plants, fishing piers, and fishing boats.
The bottom brass foot valve is equipped with 1” piped thread to provide excellent water pressure. The top unscrews allowing the rod and valve seat to be removed for repair.
USA Amish manufactured the 401 Freezless Hydrant was designed by a plumber and has been tested for years through the coldest Ohio winters on farms and dairy farms.
The 401 Freezless Hydrant is only available online at the sustainable living store,Cottage Craft Works .com
It is available in both 2’ and 3’ bury models. The 3’ bury ships UPS Dimensional Weight.
These water hydrants are about three times the cost of a regular frostproof hydrant, but considering the chances of failure when you need it the most or having to bust up a concrete slab and dig out the cheaper one, the extra investment is well worth saving the expense and headaches down the road.
Cottage Craft Works overs a full range of sustainable self-sufficient back-to-basics products for the farm, home and ranch.

Making Empanadas | Hand Crank Restaurant Commercial Grade Empanada Maker

This heavy commercial grade empanada and pie maker is priced within reach for the family who enjoys making these wonderful empanada meat pies.

Similar hand crank pie machines of this quality are priced over $2000. It’s called The Little Pie Maker and it’s priced under $600.



It’s made commercial grade using heavy cast metals with polished aluminum pie dies. What’s rather unique about this machine is that it was actually developed and is manufactured in the Amish self sufficient communities.
The Amish just build things to last a lifetime and on into the next generations.
While the Amish do enjoy foods from many different cultures the pie maker was actually made to make fried fruit pies for large Amish events.
It's also makes perfect empanadas; it will, cut, and seal just about any other pocket dough like empanadas. The Pie Maker works just as well on calzones, and other similar pie pockets.
The ideal thickness of the dough should be rolled to right a 1/8” thick. The ideal size of the dough is a 6” round to make a perfect 3” x 5” pie.
The Pie Maker will crank out up to 200 empanadas per hour. For a restaurant or commercial kitchen this pie maker will be better enhanced with a commercial dough or pasta roller to keep up the pace in a busy restaurant kitchen cranking empanadas.
For a family, The Little Pie Maker makes a good reason to pull together an extended family to make a large batch of pies for each family to take home and restock the freezer.
Empanadas are a stuffed pastry that is believed to have originated in Spain. They are a main menu item in Latin and South American companies extending into other countries with different variations of the meats, cheeses, vegetables, and fruits used to stuff the dough pocket.
From a culture that thrives on seafood to cultures using meats and cheeses the name empanadas is used in many different languages and menus.
There is even a possibility that the empanada also influenced the development of other meat filled pies such as the calzone or the Cornish pasties. Because of the same shape of the dough pocket The Little Pie Maker will also make these as well.
Whether you use The Little Pie Maker to make empanadas, calzones, pasties, or fruit pies this little machine can crank out a perfect sealed pie pocket ready for the oven or deep fryer.
The Little Pie Maker is only available online at Cottage Craft Works .com
http://www.cottagecraftworks.com/pie-maker-fruit-dough-pie-crust-turnover-machine

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Cottage Craft Works is a unique back-to-basics general store featuring all kinds of old time products that are still being made and used in the Amish communities. 

Sustainable Living | Self Reliant | Self-Sufficient | Products for the homesteader

Some of the best made products for sustainable self reliant and self sufficient living are still being made in the USA cottage based Amish shops and factories.
These are the old fashioned vintage products that most of American used before electricity was made widely available. The Amish still living off grid have continued to make and use these products to live a sustainable lifestyle.
This cottage industry is made up of home based crafts people and artisans who still work in small work shops or other parts of their homes. Many trades and crafts have been handed down from many generations. These are the back bone of the American dream, making a quality hand made items and selling them from these home based shops. These talented people are hard to find many are in small towns or live deep in the back roads. 
Not to be confused with someone working out of a garage at home, the Amish cottage based industries feature large well equipped workshops and factories that are ran by off grid power sources.  They just so happen to be located close to their homes and families because the Amish still travel using horse and buggy or by bicycle.
The Amish have a long standing respected reputation for making high quality products that are still made to last as they were in the early 1900s.
Amish communities survive mostly on the cottage based industry concept. www.cottagecraftworks.com is a site dedicated to the cottage based industry featuring these hard to find sustainable living products for others seeking to return and live a more simply life without dependency on the grid power.
You will find everything for the kitchen, home, garden, and ranch all gathered for you in one place at Cottage Craft Works.



Cottage Craft Works also has a large selection of hunting gear, hunting calls and replacement gun stocks for the older model rifles and shotguns.



Thursday, September 24, 2015

Sustainable Living Homestead Products | Self-sufficient Homesteading

Featuring brand new old fashioned vintage products used in the sustainable living Amish communities for the sustainable home, farm, garden, ranch and hunter.

Cottage Craft Works www.cottagecraftworks.com offers an emporium of old fashioned non-electric human powered products that were being used in almost every household at the turn of the century.
The online general store is like thumbing through an early 1900 Sears and Roebuck catalog. You will be amazed at the old time products that are still being made like butane clothes irons, oil lamps, treadle sewing machines, push garden cultivators, to hand crank kitchen appliances. You will find almost every item you will need for the homestead or for an off-grid self-sufficient lifestyle.  You will even find such things USA hand turned old fashioned blue stripe pottery bowls and crocks made using no lead or cadmium.

A large selection of hunting gear including hunting calls, USA made hunting apparel and even replacement gun stocks have been gathered here all in one place.

The folks at Cottage Craft Works have spent over 30 years exploring the various Amish communities going deep into the back roads mostly frequented by horse and buggies. They have found these old time products still being manufactured and used in the Amish communities. In many cases they are the only place online that you will be able to find some of the products they feature like a hand crank conversion Kitchen Aid Mixer, or a hand crank mini pie maker.

Many of the Amish products fall right into place for the sustainable homestead since the Amish follow such a simple back to basics sustainable lifestyle themselves.  Because the Amish have such large families you will find canning and kitchen wares made to process and produce small to large batches of food quickly. An all stainless steel water bath canner will process up to 15 quart mason jars at one time. Outdoor wood fired canners are capable for canning up to 30 quarts at one time.

In earlier times it was very common for families and neighbors to come together and share in the harvest.  The Amish still use this resource in canning and butchering.  The modern homesteader can do the same sharing in the cost of some of these Amish made products.

Cottage Craft Works provides an important economic impact to over 100 Amish owned shops across the Midwest. While 90% of the products come from small Amish shops and factories, other small American cottage based products are also featured hence, the company name Cottage Craft Works.

These are small American businesses where the owner(s) still touch the products they sale.

Not only are the majority of the products USA Amish made, they are made for a lifetime of use. The Amish just make things to last and have never tried to figure out how to make things that will break so that you have to come back and buy another one in a few years.  They also don’t make frequent model changes so that you can still get parts long down the road.  Cottage Craft Works also has parts available for the old Even Heat clothes irons, Heller Aller water well pumps, Coleman lanterns and White Mountain ice cream freezers just to name a few.

For the backyard homestead you will want to check out the popular heavy duty roller egg chicken nesting boxes.  These Amish made nesting boxes provide a protected compartment for the eggs to roll into as soon as the chicken lays them  resulting in fewer damaged eggs and much less labor in cleaning them.  If you have an egg eater in the flock these nesting boxes will likely take care of that.

One of the issues a new homesteader faces is copycat duplicate products being cheaply made overseas. The common hand crank egg beater is a great example.  You can purchase an imported egg beater for under $20 take it home and after the first time of use wonder how anyone could have survived using one of these. The gears don’t mesh well making them hard to crank.  In contrast the Amish made Country Egg Beater is a reproduction from the old fashioned Dazey Egg Beaters. They crank smoothly and are easy to use and clean. They will cost close to four times of one of the imported ones but they will provide a lifetime of daily use instead of cluttering up the kitchen drawers with unused items.

Hand push garden cultivators are another great example. You can purchase an imported copy of the high wheel garden cultivator.  While they might work fine for a small back yard garden, the serious homesteader depending on harvesting fresh food for the family table will soon find out that they are made light weight and take a lot of effort to push down to cultivate the garden.  The imported steel cutters are not as sharp and they use cheaper metals making them harder to keep a good cutting edge.  In contrast the Hoss Wheel Hoe garden cultivators are reproductions of the famous Planet Junior Cultivators widely used at the turn of the Century. They are USA made and also built to last a lifetime of use for the large homestead garden.

Many ladies are purchasing the reproduction treadle sewing machine cabinets along with the newer Janome 712T treadle sewing machine.  For many they learned to sew from their mothers or grandmother on these old fashioned treadle sewing machines and feel they can better control the speed of the sewing machine.  Many still have the old Singer Class 15 sewing machine passed down to them but the cabinet was long destroyed. Those will just purchase a new Amish treadle cabinet from Cottage Craft Works to put the machine back into service.

Cottage Craft Works in one of the remaining places where you can still purchase old fashioned USA made pottery water coolers and water bottle dispensing crocks. A petty important item as we face the uncertainties in the quality of domestic water supplies.

Many people are turning back into time to become more sustainable and self-sufficient.  The desire is being driven by many different factors. While many are turning backyard lawns into vegetable gardens and chicken coops fearing the safety of the Nations food change, others are preparing for a time where the vulnerable electric grid may be taken out by a man made or storm disaster. Others just want to get out of the economic rat race and return the family to a more wholesome simpler time as they grew up in. Some just want to save energy and reduce their carbon footprint.

Then there’s the unsettling world economy and threats of terrorism bringing uncertainties of being able to continue the modern lifestyle that so many have become so dependent on. If a minor short term electrical outage is any indication of just how dependent we have become on computers and the grid; perhaps preparing to be less dependable on the gird does makes a great deal of sense.

One thing is for sure our environment along with the grid is becoming more unstable with wide spread devastating storms hitting our country leaving people without power for weeks into months.

Whatever you define sustainable self-sufficient living as Cottage Craft Works unique gathering of products will fill most any sustainable living need. 

Unlike stockpiling items with a shelf life these are products that can be used every day and keep on using them for years to come regardless what may be in the future. Many of these products even work better and quicker than their cheapened down electrical counterparts.










Monday, September 21, 2015

Self Sufficient Kitchen | Food | Tomato strainer stand for the Victorio and other strainers

We love our Victorio tomato strainer, we’ve had it now for over 25 years, but after our first big batch of tomatoes, we got really tired of shuffling the pots around every few minutes.
The problem is the strainer just does not sit up high enough to slide a tall pot under the discard end or the juice tray.
Solution my husband built a custom designed stand made of sturdy oak that extends the strainer up enough to slide a large pan on the discard end and then has a lower shelf for a large stock pot to go under the juice tray.
Now we can process a large batch of juice from start to finish without ever having to change pots.
The oak strainer stand mounts on a saw horse or metal bench stand where it can be bolted down to the top.
We have this one mounted on a metal stand. It has a wide enough base so it will not tip over when the side pot becomes full.
This is just at the right height to comfortably process the juice without lifting up to a table or counter height; this was another problem we had on our first batch.
My husband made the stand out of oak and finished in clear exterior grade marine varnish for years of service.
The one in the picture has been in use for over 25 years and has processed many gallons of tomato and grape juices.
We just started with the pots that we were using and took our measurements from those. 
This idea was brought to you by Cottage Craft Works. www.cottagecraftworks.com a self-sufficient sustainable living back-to-basics general store.

Sparrow & Starling Humane Bird Trap

If you're tired of cleaning bird droppings from your expensive RV, Boat, Equipment, or ridding your porch of sparrows we have the answer for you. Our Deluxe Sparrow & Starling Trap works to eradicate your property of these nasty pests. Starlings are also a natural predator to a Purple Martin Colony. 
This trap has been made and used in the Amish communities for decades. Simply place a small amount of cracked corn or cheap bird seed on the bait platform. When your pest sees a potential feast, they will enter and quickly ride the counterbalanced elevator down to the holding chamber before they realize what happened to their greedy quest. The trap is made of heavy gauge mesh, measures 16" x 17" x 7". We have used this trap for years to rid these pests from our property, it works amazingly well.
These traps can be purchased at Cottage Craft Works .com

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