Amish Craftsmen Guild II in Cedarburg, WI has changed the way that the world looks at outdoor furniture. ACGII specializes in helping their customers express who they are by creating signature looks in well thought out outdoor dream spaces.
The humble beginnings of the Amish Craftsmen Guild occurred over seventeen years ago. The founders, Laura Armstrong-Goss and her brother, Del Armstrong, were both working different jobs. Laura was a Massage Therapist and Holistic Health Practitioner as well as a wife and mother of two daughters. Del was a traveling medical educator, looking for a career change that would allow him to spend more time with his family. In rural Pennsylvania, where Del, Laura and Laura’s husband Buddy grew up, Del re-discovered wonderfully skilled Amish crafters. These crafters simply sold their furniture off their porches and in their shops. Del approached them to see if they would be open to him selling their furniture in his new hometown, the furniture capital of the world, High Point, North Carolina.
Laura and Del soon joined forces, with Laura working independently in Wisconsin. With her brother’s help, Laura was able to build a great business relationship with several Old Order Amish in the community. Together Del and Laura worked as Amish Craftsmen Guild and Amish Craftsmen Guild II. The original furniture designs were very traditional Amish designs, which evolved into unique rustic designs created entirely by the Amish Crafters using oak, cherry, hickory, and black walnut varnished or painted wood. Eventually both Laura and Del started to influence the designs and create changes in the furniture while collaborating with the crafters to bring Laura’s designs to life.
The business grew because customers embraced the unique designs and high quality pieces. In the early days, Laura sold the furniture at local craft fairs from the back of her of Volkswagen & Ford Econoline camper vans. Today, Amish Craftsmen Guild II is a family business located in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, owned by Laura Armstrong-Goss and her husband Bud Goss.
The furniture is now constructed from sustainable, environmentally-friendly PolyLumber. ACGII is proud to offer traditional as well as very unique designs in outdoor furniture and living spaces. All of the furniture is made right here in the United States by the hands and hearts of Old Order Amish Crafts men and women.
What separates ACGII from others is their unique and customizable designs, and their ability to help you create customizable spaces that work within the world we live in. Furniture can be created in a multitude of colors and styles. The well-educated ACGII team works individually with each customer to learn about their outdoor dream living space. The team then helps the customer select the perfect furniture pieces to complement their space and fulfill that dream.
Laura and the ACGII team believe that these dream spaces are where experiences happen, where time is shared, and memories are created. These are gifts shared for a lifetime. This passion sets ACGII apart.