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.
I've been staunchly denying that Fall is imminent, but the kids went back to school today, so I guess there's no more fooling myself.  Summer is so short in Vermont.  It is well worth waiting for, and savoring though especially with our offices being on the grounds of a working horse farm.  Our space sits between a lovingly restored farmhouse and a modern, stately horse barn.  Outside our windows we enjoy the view of two of the state's oldest and prettiest trees, a maple and an elm.
 
While I was thinking about the Fall, I wanted to mention the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival.  It's kind of the quintessential New England autumn event and anyone visiting our state for a bit of leaf-peeping would not want to miss it.   The dates are Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28, 2008  from 10am to 5 pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT.  Over 45 furniture makers and wood artisans will be there doing woodworking demonstrations and offering their handcrafted furniture for sale.  There is also a Forest Festival at the nearby Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park, where rangers guide visitors through the park and talk about forest history, wildlife and the pathway that our sustainable furniture takes from the forest floor to that of your own home. Vermont Woods Studios will be there visiting with our favorite furniture-makers and we hope to see you there too.

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.

 Over the last year or so, we've had a significant increase in international inquiries, particularly from Europe and Australia. It's funny…in Vermont, surrounded by the seemingly endless Green Mountain National Forest, we tend to take our hardwoods for granted.  At Vermont Woods Studios, we love to be reminded of this treasure and it's allure to those in distant lands of contrasting flora. 


 

Lyndon-Solid-Wood-Armoire-Granby This week we will begin building a natural cherry armoire and lingerie chest for a customer in The NetherlandsPreviously, we would not have been able to take this order because the cost of shipping would have been prohibitive.  My advice to customers was to plan on purchasing at least $40,000 in furniture in order to make the cost of international shipping worthwhile.  But now with exchange rates being very favorable to international customers, we can take orders as low as $25,000 and still provide customers with the sustainable, hardwood furniture they're seeking at a competitive price, even including shipping and import duties.  If you've been looking for luxury, authentically green furniture we hope you'll stop by our website and browse around.  Customer Service professionals can be reached at 888-390-5571.

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.


GreenBuild is an international conference of the world’s leading green building experts who gather together annually to
share insights on the green building movement and its diverse
specialties, including green furniture.  The Expo has been rapidly gaining steam since it’s debut in 2002 and Vermont Woods Studios is proud to be a part of it this year as it rolls into Boston, November 19-21, 2008.

If you’re going to be in Boston during that time, please consider visiting the Expo to see all the new and exciting progress that industry leaders are making in green energy, landscaping, interior design, furnishings and much more.  Vermont Woods Studios will be featured in a multi-media presentation about Vermont’s unique status as a provider of high-end green furnishings from premium, affordable catalog furniture to ultra-luxury custom artisan works.  We congratulate our artisans and craftspeople for their fine achievements and this extraordinary measure of international recognition.  See you in Boston!

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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Every time I look at our web statistics I’m amazed at how many people from exotic and distant lands manage to find us at VermontWoodsStudios.com and browse through our beautiful handcrafted, sustainable furniture.  Last week we were contacted by
Magdalena Mąka, a journalist in Poland who was working on an article about ultra-luxury gifts for the LuxClub publication.  Magdelena loved our specialty, custom, artisan furniture, especially Steve’s Fabulous Fainting Couch and asked for permission to feature several pieces in the online and print versions of LuxClub this Fall.  We love to see our artisans get international acclaim for their work.  For a small state like Vermont, it’s surprising to see the broad, global reach of our talented furniture-makers.  We applaud them all!
  If you are a journalist and would like to feature our artisans, please feel free to contact us for photos and information.

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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Anybody who shops online routinely knows that shipping and handling charges can be a real spoiler.  How many times have you waded deep into the purchasing process only to find that at the last stage, outrageous shipping charges appear that force you to jump ship?  It's frustrating.  It's a waste of your valuable time.  At Vermont Woods Studios, we know how precious your time is so we've decided to include shipping charges in our base prices.  That way customers can see up front, exactly what they will be paying for an item. 

What's FREE shipping worth?  Well, these days, with gas prices so high, it can  worth a LOT.  So for each shipment we  work closely with shippers to obtain the best quality and price, thus keeping your overall costs to a minimum.  Here's an example of how that can work for you.  We arranged shipment of a $6000 custom artisan console table from Vermont to Lutsen, MN this week.  Shippers quoted us a range of $700-$2100.  Quite a spread, isn't it?  We chose neither extreme, but the point is, our customer didn't have to worry about any of this.   They were able to rely on our experience and good relationships with specialty furniture shippers who have excellent reputations.  The shipment was handled safely, efficiently and economically.  Shipping is a big part of our business and we are committed to doing it right. 

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.