Catching up with Dennis Wilson
of Amish Crafted Furniture!
Size Friendly made for the Bigger Frame
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I met Dennis the Summer of 2008, when I attended my first Vegas Bash. It was my first time in Vegas and at the Bash. I was conduting mini interviews through out the week with my small digital camera. (Go to: www.youtube.com/LargeInChargeTV to see videos from the event)
While I had heard of Dennis and the Furniture he sells. Thus Amish Crafted was born when Dennis was able to connect with some Amish Furniture makers. Working together with the Amish Crafters, Dennis has been able to supply many types of furniture, especially what I am most interested in, their plus sized furniture line.
Large Sized Glider 34 inches between the arms - The Glider we Raffled off. - modeled by Raqui
I have seen this line expand and get large through the years. I truly love the craftmanship of the furniture having touched, sat in and tried out almost all the items, which includes bed, tables, chairs, sofas, dressers etc. for every room of your home. I have gotten to know Dennis on a personal level he not only is a wonderful person, but he has become a friend. Through the years at the many bashes we have attended, I have tried out many of his indoor and out door furniture including the gliding chairs. We were able to raffle off a wonderful Glider through LargeInCharge one year, and it was given to a wonderful woman who was very happy with the glider.
Size Friendly Outdoor Chaise Lounger (Reclined) - Modeled by Raqui
I myself have invested in a custom chair to my
height and width. I have spent 5 times over buying and replacing chairs
which never were comfortable, either to low, to narrow or just not
strong enough. With my Amish Chair I know it is a piece to stand
the test of time. I plan on furnishing my home with many pieces
from Amish Crafted, I can personally say you will want to buy from this
company, now that they have payment plans it makes it so much easier to
invest in a few good pieces that will last.
Amish Crafted Furniture - VEGAS BASH 2008 - Check out the Video
Check out the Orginal Features (Amish Crafted had a Special two month feature)
by clicking the covers below.
Issue #59 - February 2009
LargeInCharge.com: What is your name?
Dennis Wilson, I am the co-owner of Amish Crafted Furniture LLC and Size Friendly Furniture by Amish Crafted Furniture LLC.
LargeInCharge.com: Where are you from and what is your current Location?
I presently live in Hays KS. Our Company is located in Lagrange IN. “In the Heart of Indiana Amish Country”
LargeInCharge.com: When did you first appear in LargeInCharge Magazine?
NOTE: if you don’t remember exact date and issue I can look that up for you. Put Please Look Up as the answer.
Please Look Up the answer.
LargeInCharge.com: Please tell us why you were featured?
We were new to the Size Friendly Market and Raqui saw us at the Las Vegas Bash. She was impressed with our product lines as well as our solid and quality construction. She asked and we responded.
LargeInCharge.com: How did you feel when you appeared in LargeInCharge?
We were very excited to be included in such an important publication within the BBW and BHM Community. It really spread the word about us and assisted us in creating a brand within the community.
LargeInCharge.com: How do you feel now about being included in our special Decade editions?
I am truly honored to be included. It means to me that I have been successful in keeping the promises we made in our Size Friendly Mission Statement. “We at Size Friendly by Amish Crafted Furniture Ltd. provide the highest quality American Made hardwood products. Our products are available in Oak, Cherry, Maple, Hickory, and some in Black Walnut. We believe that people of size deserve fine home furnishings that can enhance their comfort and reflect their style. “
LargeInCharge.com: How has your life and endeavors changed since your appearance?
My life has remained blessed and I have had the pleasure of being invited to and attending Bashes, Parties, and Conferences all over the Country. I have made many friends and customers plus hundreds of acquaintances. All who have shown me that the Size Friendly Market is alive and well, appreciating the products aimed at them.
LargeInCharge.com: What changes have you made to advance your career/business?
We are always adding products as requested; we have built many pieces to custom specifications to meet the needs of the customers. We have reached the ability to make almost every item as a size friendly piece, Even pieces not in the catalog for special requirements.
LargeInCharge.com: How long have you invested in your venture/career?
We began our company in 2004, selling Amish Furniture to the Hospitality industry. We still provide our products in Restaurants, clubs and Casino’s. Our first introduction to the BBW Community was in Chicago at the NAAFA Conference. We hope to continue and expand our Size Friendly Market by keeping in front on the competition and asking and listening to you the final users as you tell us what you want and need.
LargeInCharge.com: Tell us about some of the most exciting events/occasions, you/your business have held/participated in.
Our participation include 3 NAAFA Conferences, 8 Las Vegas Bashes, 10+ LBC Halloween and Mardi Gras Events in Chicago, The Dimensions Event in Florida, always looking for new venues to show our products and meet new people.
LargeInCharge.com: Have you been featured in any press, on TV, newspapers etc.
We have been interviewed for pieces in Las Vegas, the Bar and nightclub show and the National Restaurant Suppliers, Also the great video interview with Raqui at our First Las Vegas Bash. (Boy I was young then.)
LargeInCharge.com: What changes have you seen for plus sized people since your first appearance?
The changes in the acceptance within the mainstream, more and more People of size being on TV, in Movies and not being the joke, but in serious roles. Newscasters, Models, and the recognition that this is an important market to pay attention too, this will increase the availability for easier access to Clothes, Shoes, and of course furnishings.
LargeInCharge.com: Are there any changes you had to make for your venture/career flourish?
Stay in touch with your customers. Be available for Service calls and act quickly to make changes if necessary.
LargeInCharge.com: What are some of the most important things you have learned through the years?
We know the most important thing we can do is listen, then ask for ideas, and be open to opinions, Then making the changes in the product to be more useful.
LargeInCharge.com: How is your standing in the Plus Sized Community among the people? Good feedback, negative feedback, learning lessons?
I would say our feedback is very good. There will always be a shipping problem, or a small adjustment needed to be made. The most important part is correcting the problem and making it right.
LargeInCharge.com: What would you say inspires you most in life?
I am inspired by the amazing human spirit, a person’s ability to accept the situation and make it work for them. I see this happen all the time. It is always a blessing to see and sometimes share with those you are acquainted with. I enjoy facebook for that reason.
LargeInCharge.com: Any new ventures/items/products you have planned for the future?
We will always be looking for new designs and products we can make and add to our lines. Sometimes it takes 4-6 months just to get the new stuff right.
LargeInCharge.com: What are your future goals?
Keep enjoying what I do. I know when you like what you do, your life remains an adventure, constantly learning.
LargeInCharge.com: What advice would you give to other people of size who might be interested in doing something similar?
Research and Product knowledge, Know what you are capable of and stay within your limits.
LargeInCharge.com: Describe yourself/ your company/org with one word.