Tuesday Tidbit - Genuine

Tidbit:  Conrad Grebel is genuine. We are currently working on our new bedroom groups for the upcoming 

International Home Furnishings Show in High Point, NC. I enjoy the art of creating and collaborating with our woodworkers when we’re working on new projects. Yesterday I was in John Yutzi’s shop just outside of Goshen. John is the gentleman in the photo below, standing next to the sample of our new Chesterfield bed. Not long ago he transformed a small area of his barn into a woodshop where he makes most of our beds. The photo below, left is the new Binghamton bed and you can see the original drawing next to it on the right.  In a day and age where most things are mass-produced in large factories, we have remained true to our roots. Our furniture is truly handmade by folks like John. Look for the “Authentic” stamp (above) underneath or on the back of your Conrad Grebel furniture. True and lasting value is in what’s genuine.


Chesterfield Prototype


Binghamton Prototype – Binghamton Drawing



Quote:   “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." – Winston Churchill


Just for Laughs:  "Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?" – Unknown


Fun Amish Fact:  I traveled with my table maker, Steve, last week to Indianapolis, IN to visit one of our fine furniture retailers.  It’s a 2.5 hour drive each way, so we had plenty of time to chat about life, laugh at our bad jokes, and even indulge in large Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards from Dairy Queen.  Steve and I talked about his experience as a preacher in his congregation.  He was chosen by lot several years ago in his early 30’s (a practice in the Amish tradition where they believe God will choose the best person to fill the role).  On any given Sunday he doesn’t know if he’s going to preach.  He prepares each week as if this Sunday will be his turn.  The congregation’s bishop will decide on Sunday morning who he believes God is telling him to call upon to preach for 30-45 minutes.  Being a preacher is something Steve enjoys.  It’s a good thing he enjoys it, because an Amish preacher is a preacher for the rest of their life!