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Nestled along the outskirts of Berlin, you will find Reuben Miller's small furniture shop. Unlike many of the local Amish wood shops nearby, you will not find floors upon floors of furniture in show-room like displays. Instead, when entering his small shop, you will be surprised to find the most unique, hand-crafted wooden items and much more.
Berlin Furniture is not your typical Amish furniture store. For 34 years, the family business has been a part of the Berlin community.
"Since I was a boy I have always liked woodworking," said Reuben Miller, owner.
Growing up on the family farm, the children always had chores to tend to, but that did not sway Miller from finding time to tinker around in the wood shop.
"My brother is a year younger than me and he was the farmer," said Miller. "I would spend as much of my extra time as I could in the wood shop."
As they say, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and Miller took after his father who owned a small custom furniture shop in Sugarcreek. In 1979, his father-in-law purchased the shop in Berlin and Miller's father provided him with all the tools he would need to make his wood creations.
"And that's how I got my start," said Miller, reminiscently.
"My favorite part about owning and working in the furniture store is seeing satisfied customers," said Miller. He has created a variety of custom furniture pieces and specialty products, but just like many business owners, his greatest satisfaction comes from seeing a customer who is pleased with the final product.
Among his wooden inventory, you will find things such as end tables, jewelry chests (which are made by local artisans) and clocks. Hall trees and small decorative lamps along with an assortment of other miscellaneous items can be found in Miller's shop.
Berlin Furniture also carries the Berlin Flyer Wagon with auto steering and built with a non-tip design. The wagons are a hit with the children and are somewhat of a novelty item.
"I'm starting to change up my product line," said Miller. His passion for woodworking has expanded to the next level as he begins to make handcrafted novelty pieces.
Miller has found that his small wooden benches or stools make great gifts for employee recognition banquets and can be laser engraved. Miller also handcrafts model jet planes which can be great for displays and gifts. The model jets are hand painted and have the most intricate of details from the windows and jet name carved into the side.
Small wooden coffee mugs are made by a local shop and sold in Miller's store. Miller said these also make great gifts for family or recognition banquets. The small wooden cup brought in over $200 at the Haiti benefit auction, Miller explained.
As Berlin enters into the fall months, Miller explained that along with the rest of the town, Berlin Furniture sees its highest volume of customers. "Expect 8 to 10 weeks of turnaround time on custom orders," he said.
While Miller explained he is in "semi-retirement" he enjoys spending his time crafting special novelty pieces and still takes custom orders for small furniture pieces as well. Just allow him some time to fish a couple times a year he joked.
Berlin Furniture is located at 5044 County Road 120 just one mile south of Berlin. Business hours are Monday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information call 330-893-3261.