SPRINGWATER — There was a great turnout at the Third Annual Open House at the Springwater Amish Workshop.
Many people come to enjoy the excellent discounts, door prizes, and a chance to see what they have to offer.
Don Haywood, Springwater Amish Workshop owner said that last year they sold 27 buildings just at the open house. He planned on doing well again this year.
People were waiting to get in before 9 a.m. on May 5. Someone bought a Gazebo at that time as well.
“When people are thinking of buying a shed or another building they come here for the discounts,” Haywood said.
“Having the discounts at the open house helps them make that decision.”
Josh Gascon, Springwater Amish Workshop employee said that it is a great place to work, and the open house brings the whole town out.
“I met Andy (Martin) who does the work on the Gazebos. He told me about the whole process. It is fascinating how fast they can make one of them. He told me the whole process from start to finish is about four days. It is really amazing what they can do.”
Andy Martin, of Sv Woodcraft in Trevorton, Pa said that they work on the Gazebos, Pavilions, and Pergolas.
“It takes about four days from start to finish with one guy cutting the wood, one assembling, and one staining. We use Southern Yellow Pine for our buildings, since it holds up better,” he said. “A lot of our wood comes from Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia. If they are well maintained they can last a lifetime.”
Some of them are made with vinyl as well, and those look nice. They hold up for a long time, but the wood ones are better.
“There are five of us from the community that work on these,” Martin said. “I have been doing this for 19 years. We try to do it all year long, but our busiest times are April through July.”
Martin said they make about 75 percent of their inventory in three months.
“Most of our work goes to New York, but we ship all over. We offer a guarantee to fix anything if it is a manufacturer error,” he said. “We sell wholesale to Don (Haywood) and work on commission here. He is one of the nicest people I have ever worked with, and I wish there were more like him.”
Springwater Amish Workshop is located at 7936 Mill Street in Springwater. They can be reched at 585-669-9710. For more information visit http://www.springwateramishworkshop.com/