About Peggy Farabaugh

Peggy Farabaugh
She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

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I wrote several weeks ago about our Customer, Rudie who lives in Norway.  Rudie purchased a beautiful custom Coat Tree made of tree saplings by artisan, David Holzapfel.  You can imagine that it might be very nerve wracking to order an expensive piece of artwork/furniture from a small company half a world away.  But Rudie and I used email and a couple phone calls to establish a mutual trust and confidence…and friendship.  Yesterday, Rudie received his Coat Tree and I have to share his comments with you:

"Peggy, Peggy, Peggy . . . The coat tree arrived in the afternoon and it is beautiful !!!  I am very happy… it is like jewelry in my house. Tomorrow afternoon I go on a short holiday but when I am back I will send you photos.  My mother will come next week and she also is dying to see the coat tree. For sure that she loves it.  I will enjoy looking at it for a lifetime, and with me many others that will visit my house as familie and friends and colleagues from work.  Thank you very much for everything and of course please also thank David for his beautiful piece of work. You can tell him that his coat tree has found a good home.  The coat tree was very well packed in the crate, good job.  I will keep watching your gallery.  Again thank you very much for everything.  My very best regards,  Rudie"

Another happy customer.  This is what we live for here at Vermont Woods Studios.  Life is good.

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 received an interesting request for proposal this week, on our commercial side (that’s also me ;).  Alda Naha of Purchasing Management International, a purchaser for hotel, resort and casino furnishing worldwide, had seen our sustainable furniture at a resort, Stowe Mountain Lodge, in Stowe Vermont and was interested in receiving a bid to furnish a couple areas of a new Ritz Carlton in Tuscon, AZ.

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Alda was looking for a large conference table that measured 5′ wide  x14′ long for a Board Room and a similar large dining table for the Wine room.

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The project was a terrific match for Vermont Woods Studios since our artisans are often working on massive tables like this for hotels, colleges, and government offices all around the Northeast.  We have not made our way out West much, however, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to bid.  The designer who was working on spec’ing the project had guayubira wood in mind for the project, but since that is a rare and endangered wood, we proposed to use either reclaimed chestnut or walnut.  We are hoping PMI will consider this green alternative for the present project and also keep us in mind for future eco-friendly, luxury furniture needs.

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.

What are you doing for Earth Day?  If you're stuck inside at a desk, like I am at the moment, there are still loads of things you can do to help.   Check out World Wildlife Fund's Take Action Now page.  This is one of many great websites that initiate online petitions to get lawmakers around the globe to listen to our voices for conservation.  I just signed the following petitions and it took just a few minutes:

 
Stop Imports of Illegal Wood

Protect Sumatran tigers and many other species that depend on forest habitat around the globe by urging your representative to support legislation to combat illegal logging.

 
One of World's Largest Fisheries at Risk

Tell Congress to protect Bristol Bay in Alaska from offshore oil and gas drilling.

 
Protect Threatened Species and Tropical Forests

Urge Congress to speak out for U.S. funding that protects nature in developing countries.

 
Push for an Ocean Protection Treaty

Urge your senators to support U.S. ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty.

 
Protect Endangered Species From the Impacts of Coal Mining

Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop ignoring the impacts of coal mining on our nation’s threatened and endangered wildlife, particularly aquatic creatures living in the biologically rich rivers and streams of the Southeastern United States.

 
Help Lions, Snow Leopards and More

Urge Congress to help imperiled wildlife by passing the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act.

Go check it out and give it a try. Here's another online activist site I love, Forests.org.  There you can help in their current efforts to preserve wilderness in Patagonia.  We hope you will join us at Vermont Woods Studios in our ongoing mission to save the forests and the animals and people who live there.  Happy Earth Day!

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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Today is my mother’s birthday. She’s my idol. I hate that we don’t get to see each other enough because of the 200 miles between us.  One of the many great things Mom does to ameliorate that is to clip environmental and wildlife news from her magazines and newspaper and send them to me periodically.  Today I got an article about how much the owl and raptor populations of New England suffered this winter because of the prolonged icy cover on the snow.  No way to get to the mice and voles.  Another article was about Laos, once called the “Land of a Million Elephants” where now the endangered population is down to 700.  Mom makes sure all the news isn’t depressing though.  I got a photo of 5 hooded seals that were released back into the wild after being rehabilitated after a stranding in March, another photo of 6 great blue herons who recently returned to Lake Champlain for the season, a  story about snow geese migrating through Mom’s town Plattsburgh, NY on their way to the Arctic tundra for the summer and the piece de resistance, an article about soaring populations of the bald eagle around Lake Champlain.  In 30 years, the population has gone from almost none to 84.  Hooray!

Since I don’t get enough time to read and study all the magazines and journals that drove me to develop Vermont Woods Studios in the first place, Mother’s Environmental News and World Report has become one of my most important sources of information and inspiration. 

Who do you get your environmental news from?  Stay aware of what’s going on both locally and globally.  Knowledge is power.  You can change the world.

Happy Birthday, Mom!

 

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.

Every year on April 22 we celebrate the wonder that is Earth and pause to consider where we are in our efforts to care for all its natural treasures.  Have you marked your calendar?  Are you planning to do anything special on Earth Day?  It might be something as simple as recycling, or something joyous like climbing a mountain and savoring it's ambiance, or something pro-active like coordinating an outdoor clean-up project.  If you prefer to make your contribution on the Internet, there are loads of places you can go.  For example the World Wildlife Fund has a "Time for Change" website with numerous ideas and inspirations along with a place to share your own thoughts and actions with others.  Don't let Earth Day go by without doing something to make yourself fee great about your own contribution to the future of our planet.

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.