Friday, June 22, 2012

Young Amish Craftsman Builds Dreams

John Graber completes dream house.
I drove out to Trenton, Missouri yesterday with young Amish craftsman John Graber. John just turned 21 this year and is taking over the family furniture building business. He is a new generation of Graber craftsmen who is branching out to custom design and building projects.
John's motto is, "If you can dream it, we can build it". When I heard that he had a customer with a 25 year old tree house they wanted to save for sentimental reasons, I decided to see what John did for them.
As you can see from the photo John took one of his fort designs and integrated it with the old tree house for a new generation of kids to enjoy.
I was impressed to see how quickly he built the new addition while all the while listening to his customer and integrating her ideas. He truly made her dream come true. I spoke with the owner and she confirmed that John built it just the way she asked. She was ecstatic. Good work John.
You can see more of John's work at