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.

Vermont-woods-studios-online-store It’s exciting to report that, after many months of re-design and re-work, our new website is finally up and running.  Many thanks to Tina DuBosque of e-tegrity consulting, llc and Barb Ackemann of Iris Lines Design.  Have a look at the new Vermont Woods Studios site and let us know what you think.  We’ve added many beautiful new eco furniture pieces as well as enhanced functionality to the website.  Now you can navigate and search the site easier and compare prices, dimensions and features.  You can easily customize your furniture too, using drop down menus that allow adjustment of size, style, finish and even shipping / delivery options.  Still, don’t hesitate to give us a call while you’re shopping online.  There are so many details and options when purchasing furniture.  We’re here to give you suggestions and advice and perhaps offer solutions you never knew were possible.  We look forward to hearing from you!


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.

At Vermont Woods Studios our fundamental mission, as wooden furniture makers is to help steward the earth's forests. Did you know that worldwide, forest destruction generates more greenhouse gas emissions each year than do all the trains, planes and cars on the planet (ref:The Rainforest Foundation)?  Fully 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by forest destruction each year. 

Here's something you can do to help save the rainforest and fight global warming. Don't buy tropical rainforest woods unless they are certified green by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC (FSC is an independent third party certifier and is considered the gold seal of approval for responsibly harvested wood).  Tropical woods are those like Brazilian cherry, teak and mahogany and they are most commonly used in outdoor furniture, luxury high-end indoor furniture, architectural moldings and flooring.  Think twice before you purchase that exotic flooring from Lumber Liquidators!  Buy furniture and flooring that is crafted of local, sustainably-harvested woods, like cherry, maple, oak and walnut instead and you will be doing your part to help stop global climate change.

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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Here's another insiders tip for leaf peepers visiting Vermont this Fall.  The annual Vermont Wood Design Competition Awards Reception is being held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Woodstock, Vermont at the
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park's new LEED-certified, "Green" Forest Center (directions).  The reception will feature this year's award-winning handcrafted furniture and wood accessories created by the world-class furniture-makers of Vermont.  Meet and mingle with the artisans. Whether you aim to purchase, commission or just admire their work, this will be an elegant evening to remember.  Live music and refreshments provided.  And don't forget to stop by the  Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival  on Saturday, September 27 & Sunday or September 28,
2008  from 10am to 5 pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT while you're here (see previous entry). 
  Vermont Woods Studios will be at both of these woodworking events and we hope you will 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.

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.