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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Did you know that furniture today, on average is CHEAPER than it was 25
years ago?  How can that be when everything else has skyrocketed in
price?  Well, over the years the furniture industry has been
transformed from one where most items were crafted legally here in the USA to
the present situation where the vast majority of pieces are made in
China, Indonesia and other third world countries.  Consumers may
initially see the low prices as a bonus, however a closer look at the
underlying realities reveals a whole host of undesirable side-effects:

  • The world's rainforests are being
    decimated at unprecedented rates due in part to illegal clear-cutting to produce
    timber for our floors and furniture
  • This loss of rainforest accounts
    for about 20% of global warming
  • Many iconic species that rely on the rainforest for
    habitat are
    quickly heading for extinction, including panda bears,
    orangutans, tigers, jaguars, gorillas and many more
  • Vast amounts of oil are required to transport the illegal timber from its
    origins in tropical rainforests to
    sawmills in distant lands and then again on
    to China for manufacture and yet again to the US for sale

In addition to the environmental issues, there is a huge difference in quality between mass produced, mass marketed imported furniture and that made in the USA.  We'll talk about that next time.

At Vermont Woods Studios, all of our furniture is handcrafted from sustainably harvested woods.  Most of our wood originates from well managed forests right here in Vermont or in neighboring Northeastern states.  When customers do request rainforest woods like mahogany or teak, we make sure they are certified as sustainably harvested, carrying the international gold seal of approval from the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC.  You can rest comfortably knowing that both your furniture and the forests where it came from will be around for generations to come.

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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This is a case where the truth hurts.  Once you’ve made a decision to invest in US-made, handcrafted, heirloom quality furniture, you’re excited and want to see it in your home as soon as possible. But you’re a patient person, so waiting 8-16 weeks to have furniture specially made for you is tolerable. Adding another 1-5 weeks for white-glove shipping may be asking a bit too much, right?

At Vermont Woods Studios, we have two shipping options:

FREE, full-service, white-glove shipping and delivery by the finest, award-winning shipper in the country (this shipper is the one most often chosen to ship antiques for Sothebys and Christies auction services). We recommend this shipping option for four reasons.  First, our customers have great praise for the high level of personal service they receive with this method.  The delivery team brings your furniture into your home, sets it up wherever you like and waits while you inspect it for any possible shipping damage.  Second, the furniture is blanket wrapped and there is no packaging material to dispose of, so the environmental benefit is substantial.   Third, we have had very little damage. And fourth, it’s FREE for orders over $2500!  The downside of white glove delivery is the time frame involved, 1-6 weeks, depending on your location and the timing of your order relative to other orders in your area.

Express Shipping.  With express shipping you will receive your furniture within 2-10 days of completion. It will be wrapped and boxed in cartons and shipped via an express delivery service.  The delivery crew will bring your furniture to your doorstep and at that time you will need to unpackage your furniture and carefully inspect each piece to be sure that no damage has occurred during shipping.  Customers must be sure to do this while the shipper waits and BEFORE they sign the waybill.  The truth is that Express shippers are often in a hurry and quite honestly, there is greater risk of damage when using this option.  Damage is dealt with by repair or replacement, but we hate to see our customers have to go through the disappointment of shipping damage.  One thing we always stress, particularly with Express shipping is that customers must note any damage no matter how small, on the shipper’s waybill and contact Vermont Woods Studios as soon as possible.

Whether you’re buying furniture or any other large item that must be shipped to your doorstep, these considerations will apply.  Although we’re always looking for ways to improve our shipping time and quality, one fact remains indisputable:  Speed has its price.

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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I know we're all supposed to be ALL three of these things: better, faster AND cheaper, but the reality is that every business must carve out their niche by prioritizing one of these areas over the other two.  At Vermont Woods Studios, our main emphasis is on better, although we're always looking to improve efficiencies and control cost.  Since our furniture is all handcrafted and built to order, we have a lead time of 8-10 weeks.  That may seem like a long time compared to pieces you can pick up immediately in the nearest Big Box store.  However, when a customer is shopping for heirloom quality, solid wood furniture that will last a lifetime, 8-10 weeks usually seems reasonable, particularly if customization of the design or dimensions is needed. We urge customers to start planning their new furniture about 4-6 months ahead of time.  That gives us plenty of time to work back and forth on the design and budget, while leaving ample time for the fine art of Vermont style craftsmanship.  More on Better versus Faster and Cheaper when we talk about shipping.

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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Many thanks to Tama Swan, Associate Editor for Central New Jersey's beautiful Solutions at Home Magazine.  Tama was writing an article on Awesome Armoires and found the many wardrobes and armoires Vermont Woods Studios offers to be stand-outs.  She writes: The Vermont Cabot Cottage Armoire from Vermont Woods Studios possesses all
the charm and cottage chicness you’d expect from home goods giant Pottery
Barn, but each piece is custom made by artisans using sustainable Vermont
wood. Nine color options (shown here in Vermont green), customizable door
fronts and an array of knobs and pulls guarantee uniqueness. From $1,572;
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Tama notes that armoires began as corrals for armor and weaponry (armoire means “armor” in
French) but soon became decorative symbols of young brides’ wealth, traveling
with them and containing their dowries.  Eventually armoires moved to the kitchen,
where they were used to store and display glassware, linens and, in some cases,
food, then to the bedroom, where they protected Sunday clothes from wrinkles
and creases.

Today they’re frequently used to disguise televisions and
other electronics.  Stop by our website and check out the many customizable amoires and wardrobes you can use to organize your home and beautify your clutter!

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 wish I meant me, but alas it's our Vermont Woods Studios furniture that is traveling to Greece.  A customer, Melissa S. called last week in a bit of panic.  She was moving to the Greek Isles in 6 weeks and needed help in getting luxury furnishings for her new home.   She had had a disastrous experience with Direct Buy and was desperate to make up for lost time.  She was shopping for a high-end, solid wood dining room set.  She was excited when she found our website but was worried about the time.  Typically it takes us 6-10 weeks to build handcrafted furniture. 

Fortunately, we have a couple different options for this type of situation.  I suggested that Melissa leave the rushing to us, while she relaxed by the pool.    We have the following RUSH options to get our beautiful handcrafted furniture order to you very quickly:

  • The first option is our FAST Build program where you can order from about 25-30 of our most popular items.  Since we're making these items often, we can complete them within 2 weeks of order processing.  There is no extra charge for FAST Ship items and in fact, they are often on sale.
  • The second option is our RUSH 10-15 program.  Any standard (non-custom) furniture item can be crafted within 10 working days of order processing for an upcharge of 15%.
  • The third option is our RUSH 25-10 program where any standard (non-custom) furniture item can be crafted within 25 working days of order processing for an upcharge of 10%.

Melissa chose the RUSH 10-15 program and also decided to go with our FREE EXPRESS shipping service which takes only 2-10 days for shipping and delivery.  She'll have her order within about 3 weeks of order processing, which I think, is about as good as it gets for handcrafted, sustainable furniture, made to order in the USA. 

We wish Melissa all the best during her move and subsequent stay in Greece.  If you need additional furniture while there, I may just have to deliver it personally!

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.