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amishphoto2 custom 0fc49c804f8e2ed8959fa0a1a2951c877fe0316a s40 Power Tools Retrofitted for the Amish

“This trade expo shows off every loophole by which the Amish can get their hands on power tools.”

There was an interesting piece on NPR this morning about power tools for the Amish. The Amish have traditionally been farmers, but land has become prohibitively expensive to purchase, so many are turning to woodworking to earn a living. Since their homes are not wired with electricity, their table saws, drills and sanders are retrofitted with gas engines and compressed air tanks. The story is reported from an Amish trade show in Ohio, and it’s worth a listen just to hear a vendor rattling off diesel engine specs in Pennsylvania Dutch.

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


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