National Geographic : 1984 Apr
HE RINGING OF many hammers accompanies a barn raising (above), where Amish traditions of carpentry skill and community support come together to replace a building that burned. "This one touched my heart," says the planner-as many Old Order members do, he asked that his name not be used. "It belonged to a widow, and people came from all over. We can't thank the Lord enough for people to care so much." The builder of more than a hundred barns, he laid this one out without a blueprint. "It's just a talent that the Lord gave me. I can close my eyes and see the whole structure sitting there." Mechanical care keeps a 1921 steam engine active in spring and fall steaming tobacco seedbeds (left)to sterilize the ground for planting. Two years ago its Amish owner faced a problem replacing boiler grates when the "English" company that made them went out of business. He bought the supplier's molds and started his own foundry, now a business in its own right. 517 _~I -. ..