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.

Red_upholstered_heart_shaped_chairs Diamonds, rubies, furs, bonbons…if none of these will be quite creative enough to make the splash you need on Valentines Day, how about our fine furniture adorable handmade, heart-shaped chairs?  Deirdre Woolard of the Luxist writes, "The thing about these Valentine chairs that makes them amazing is all the little details like the way the heart on the chairback is broken so that is slightly curves in to support your back and the darling little red shoes on the end of the chair legs. The chairs are made of sturdy maple with soft velvety red upholstery. The chair sells for $3950 but is as much of an heirloom as any piece of jewelry."  Purchase online, email us or call for more information (888-390-5571).  Happy Valentine's Day!

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Fainting_couch_vermont_woods_studio Thanks to Laura Whiston of Page7Media in Dublin Ireland, Vermont Woods Studios will be represented in the next issue of Ireland's premier interiors and lifestyle publication, City and Town Magazine.  Laura found us on-line and loved our furniture and our environmental mission.  Coincidently, she contacted me just a few hours after I had finished booking a trip to Ireland for my family.  (Such a journey has been a lifelong dream for my mother and me…O'Neils as it were)  We are grateful to Laura for including us in this prestigious venue and we look forward to picking up a couple copies of the issue while in downtown Dublin.  Readers of City and Town Magazine can purchase our products online or over the phone at 888-390-5571.

Thanks, Laura!

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We are pleased and proud to welcome Furniture Consultant, Susan Holmquist to our team of professional contributors at Vermont Woods Studios.  Susan has many years of experience in the worlds of home furnishings and online e-commerce.  She brings a cheerful, knowledgeable voice to our toll free line and corresponds with customers via email as well.  If you are speaking with Susan about your furniture specifications and you happen to hear barking in the background…that would be our company mascot, Herra (Goddess of the Home) who guards the farm estate we share with other entrepreneurs.  Herra loves to stop in and chat with Susan from time to time. 

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.

Meg Flaherty:  I had the recent opportunity to interview Vermont Woods artisan David Holzapfel, whose truly unique work with forgotten and "unwanted" hardwood treasures is showcased proudly in our online gallery.

David_holzapfelDavid and his wife Michelle, another Vermont Woods artisan known for her exquisite work with objects and vessels, live and work in Marlboro, VT as they have for years.  Their shared passion for hardwood artisanry led them to found their own studio in 1976, where Michelle remains fully employed.

David and Michelle are lucky in the time they are allotted to focus on their work.  Although David has been an elementary schoolteacher in Marlboro for twenty odd years, the structure of the academic year affords him large blocks of unadulterated time to spend in his studio.  And though holding two full time jobs can be exhausting, David admits "that there are very, very few studio furniture makers– and I know a goodly number– who are able to work full-time in their studios."  In the roller coaster world that is the artisan furniture market, David is able to rely on his stable teaching salary when the going gets tough.

Like many of our custom furniture makers, most of David’s work is by commission; the process of collaboration is central to his work.  Even the acquisition of his raw materials is a cooperative venture; David has formed a symbiotic relationship with local loggers who bring him bits of non-commercially-salable hardwood in exchange for a small supplementary income not otherwise available in the lumber market.  This way he not only saves the wood itself and gives it new life, he can trace its history back to the exact plot of forest in which it was found, by someone he knows he can trust. 

David has been associated with Vermont Woods Studios for a couple of years now.  While he and Michelle continue to show in galleries and exhibitions from time to time, their main focus of marketing remains at home: at their studio, its website, and ours.  Ironically enough, it is rare for David to receive any local commissions; most of his clients are from other parts of the United States and Canada.  He says that VWS has made things easier for him, in that it "gets [his] work out to a new, interested and select audience."

For the artisan furniture maker, however, things are never simple.  "The market is too thin," David says; "Ikea and other such companies will always be cheaper and take a larger portion of the pie," but "we keep moving on, responding to anyone who expresses interest and providing as much information as we can."  Hopefully, Vermont Woods can provide a kind of extra exposure for its artisans that remains compatible with their marketing philosophy and principles.  "It’s not like the hard-sell of a used car or kitchen appliance," David says; it deserves its own specific kind of marketing.  What Vermont Woods does, we hope, is get David’s work into the eyes of a more specialized clientele, which will hopefully increase his business.  David has said that, "Peggy’s vision for VWS is attractive to makers…. philosophically and business-wise, and the diversification she promotes is essential."

Thank you, David, for your time.  I’m sure I speak for everyone who reads our blog that we are appreciative of the extra insight into your artistry and process!

As always, you can see examples of David and Michelle’s work– or commission new pieces from them– in the Custom Artisan Furniture section of our website.  Happy shopping!

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 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.