Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS
Before your visit to VINS, check out their calendar of events so you can schedule a critter feeding or raptor show.

I’m not sure how summer slipped away so quickly, but there’s no getting around it… leaf peeping season is upon us!  Thousands of visitors will soon be motoring around the Green Mountain state enjoying the brilliant colors our maple trees are dressing up in.  If you’re one of those lucky leisure travelers be sure to add the Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences VINS in Quechee (near Woodstock) VT to your itinerary.

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In addition to live raptor shows, raptor habitats, nature trails and playgrounds, you’ll find many interesting exhibits like this one on helping nature stay in balance.

I started volunteering at VINS when Kendall and Riley were in the Vernon Elementary School, so over 15 years ago.  They had a wonderful program called ELF (Environmental Learning for the Future) where parents would come into their childrens’ classrooms and give hands-on training using various wildlife artifacts we managed to come up with.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS. Wendy runs the beautiful and interesting gift shop at Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS.
Wendy runs the beautiful and interesting gift shop at Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS.

Today the VINS mission is mainly focused on bird conservation: “motivating individuals and communities to care for the environment through education, research, and avian wildlife rehabilitation.”  It’s a “nonprofit, member-supported, environmental education, research and avian rehabilitation organization headquartered at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee, Vermont. Open year-round, the 47-acre campus, adjacent to Quechee State Park, features 17 state-of-the-art raptor enclosures, 4 exhibit spaces, 2 classrooms, and ¾ miles of interpretive nature trails. VINS places a priority on making high-quality, compelling, and fun environmental education programs and learning opportunities accessible to more people and communities.”

Vermont Institute of Natural Science VINS. Helping nature stay  in balance. How big is an eagle's nest?
Ken and I visited VINS last weekend. For Ken it was a good excuse to get out on his Harley but he also found some cool trails to hike, including this one with a life-size replica of an eagle’s nest.

At Vermont Woods Studios we support VINS through their Adopt a Raptor, citizen science and other environmental programs.  If you’re interested in learning more about VINS, becoming a member or visiting their beautiful Nature Center in Quechee, VT check out their website today!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Bedroom Furniture Sale

Update Your Space Affordably with our Bedroom Furniture Sale

Our early fall bedroom furniture sale starts now! If you’re finally ready to treat yourself to the bedroom of your dreams, stop by and check out the discounts and savings. You deserve a great bed!

Furnish or update your bedroom with our 100% American Made, real wood furniture. With our buy more, save more sale you’ll save 10% off any single piece, 15% off two pieces or 20% off 3 or more pieces (plus Free Shipping and Delivery)*.

Choose from over 40 styles of beds in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak solid woods. Create your own bedroom set with dozens of nightstand and dresser options!

Handmade, natural solid cherry wood bedroom furniture sets help create a feeling of serenity and relaxation. All of our USA made, real solid wood bedroom furniture pieces are individually handcrafted in Vermont by skilled furniture makers.  This high quality hardwood bedroom furniture can be customized online in solid cherrywalnutmaple or oak woods.  Many 2 tone combinations of these hardwoods are also available for your bedroom set.

Beautiful wood bedroom furniture built to last for generations and 100% American Made! You really can’t go wrong with this bedroom furniture sale.  Each piece of our eco-friendly natural wood furniture is made to order in Vermont so customization is easy and affordable!

You have 2 weeks to browse, shop and compare, but don’t wait! This bedroom furniture sale ends at midnight on September 25th!  Check it out and give us a call with your questions!

* Excludes Artisan, Barnwood, Copeland, and Clearance furniture.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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We’re excited to announce our first ever Copeland Dining Furniture Sale! For 2 weeks you have the opportunity to save 10% on beautiful, handcrafted Copeland Dining Furniture.Copeland dining furniture features the best of high end, solid wood craftsmanship and modern, contemporary style. Each piece of this high quality collection of real wood furniture is handcrafted in Vermont and made to order of natural organic wood!

What’s included in our Copeland Dining Furniture Sale?

Copeland Dining Furniture

Copeland Dining Tables: We have more than fifteen Copeland dining tables in a variety of size and styles. All of these beautiful handcrafted tables feature smooth lines and bold shapes. These tables are ideal for anyone looking to add some subtly modern flair to their dining room. From Walnut Copeland tables to Cherry Copeland tables, you’re sure to find something you’re looking for.

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Copeland Chairs: Our Copeland Dining Chairs are the perfect seating for your dining table. They exemplify chic modern furniture and style. Each chair is finely crafted in Vermont from sustainably harvested woods.

Copeland Dining Furniture

Copeland Buffets: Accent your tables and chairs with a beautiful Copeland buffet. Store all of your finest dishware and china in a place that is worthy of holding them. With 100% Vermont made craftsmanship, you know you’ll be getting a buffet that is not only modern and stylish, but also timeless and eco-friendly.

Shop the Copeland Dining Sale here, and hurry– this sale ends at midnight on September 28th!

*Free Threshold Shipping. Learn more here.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Boys twin bed donated to Make a Wish Vermont
Come bid on this Vermont made pencil post bed that we donated to Make a Wish Vermont. The auction is Saturday, September 20th at World Learning in Brattleboro, starting at 6pm with the Brattleboro Celebrity Waiter Dinner.

September is a big fundraising month for the Vermont chapter of Make A Wish and they’re hoping to get a little help from you.  “We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”  What could be a better mission than that?  The Make a Wish website shows a couple recent wishes & dreams that have come true, locally:

  • Aaron, a 16-year-old boy suffering from cancer who always dreamed of going to Comic Con in New York City was flown there with his family.  They met celebrities at the show and attended Spiderman on Broadway
  • Lexi, a 15 year old girl, also suffering from cancer was flown to Spa Atlantis in the Bahamas to swim with the dolphins.  “We will always have the great memories and many pictures of the Bahamas, and when she goes back to the hospital next week, she will have all her stories and pictures to show the doctors. Lexi’s trip has re-energized her for what lies ahead.”

At Vermont Woods Studios we’re attending the annual Brattleboro Celebrity Waiter Dinner on September 20 and donating the pencil post bed shown above to the auction that night.  A few details about the dinner and auction:

Come and enjoy a gourmet meal at World Learning served by a team of “celebrity waiters”, including Steve “Corm” Cormier and Dave Manning, Jerry Goldberg and David Brown, Tom Nasiatka and Mary Linney, Gina Pattison and Karen Henry, Stephan Morse and Bob Woodworth, John Benouski and Steve Sweet, Diedre Baker and Laurie Blair, and Jane Baker and Kate O’Connor. Plus Corm will be Master of Ceremonies and co-host the auction. Saturday, September 20th at World Learning in Brattleboro. Beer and wine cash bar at 6pm; dinner served at 7pm. COST: $50 per person (cash or checks only). Proceeds from the dinner as well as any tips earned by the waiters will go toward granting the wishes of Vermont children with life-threatening illnesses. You will also have the opportunity to bid on gift certificates and other items to be auctioned off during the evening. For more info or to RSVP: contact Barb Harris @ 257-7803, e-mail: bharris115@yahoo.com

If you can’t make the dinner, there’s also the Wallace Golf Tournament at the Mount Snow Golf Course which takes place tomorrow, September 12 and the 2014 Walk for Wishes at the Shelburne Museum on Sunday, September 13.  We hope to see you at one of these fun events!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

We spend so much of our lives sitting at a desk, from elementary school all the way through our work careers–but we seldom put much thought into the quality and style of the wooden desks we use. Is it eco friendly? Is it stylish? Does it represent me well? Is it even practical for my space? While there are plenty of desks on the market, many of them are mass-produced and are only built to last a few years. The wooden desks we carry at Vermont Woods Studios add sophistication, style, and a feeling of intention to your office space. If you’re a professional who takes pride in your work, then you deserve a beautiful wooden desk that will speak to your unique taste and personality!

Why Wooden desks?

There are plenty of articles and websites out there that propose that plastic is the future for the modern office. We’d have to kindly disagree. Most plastic furniture, if not recycled, is not eco-friendly and does not represent a 21st century office space. Perhaps a trendy startup might choose plastic furniture for its array of color options, but the mature work environment needs something much more than that to represent it’s values and style. Our wooden desks are 100% built in the USA with skill and integrity and made with sustainably harvested wood, giving you the benefit of supporting local craftsmen and loggers without contributing to mass deforestation.

If you are ready to ditch your mass produced desk and get a real natural wooden desk that you can love and be proud of for decades to come, take a look at our 5 sophisticated wooden desk selections:

1. Classic Shaker Writing Desk

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2. Custom Stowe Writing Desk

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3. Modern Shaker Executive Desk

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4. Contemporary Craftsmen Executive Desk

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5. Berkeley Secretary Desk

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Would you add one of these wooden desks to your office space? Let us know in the comments and tell us what’s your favorite! Visit our website to browse dozens more wooden desks.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.