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 Michigan’s College of Engineering, wanted to buy some "real wood" bookcases and ﬁnally 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."