Branch Hill Joinery
The Amish traditions of crafting and design simplicity are alive and well in Michigan. Ten years ago, Ann Gordon, a Web designer at the University of Michiganâs College of Engineering, wanted to buy some "real wood" bookcases and ï¬nally had them made by an Amish craftsperson. That was the beginning of Branch Hill Joinery, which produces custom furniture using solid woods and old-time construction methods. "Our furniture and cabinetry designs are largely Shaker or Mission style," says Gordon. "They express the themes of Amish life: function, grace and devotion."