October 26th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Last week we welcomed Vermont woodworker, Micah Ranquist into our clan of local artisans at Stonehurst. Micah is a wood turner who crafts unique wooden pens, bowls and wine stoppers using a lathe. He works out of a small shop in Brattleboro, Vermont using local and exotic woods to create one-of-a-kind works of art.
Micah has been visually impaired since early in his life. He began slowly losing his vision at age 3 and has little vision left, but he hasn’t let that stop him from doing things he loves. He has taught himself to play several instruments including guitar, keyboard and bag pipes. When not turning wood, Micah can often be found making music or taking care of his 2 young children.
Often called a Renaissance man, Micah explains his gift for woodworking as: “I simply enjoy doing things with my hands, and things that have a great amount of history in our world”. Stop by and see Micah’s pens at Stonehurt, Vermont’s newest artisan gallery located in Vernon, VT.
October 24th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
On Saturday November 9, 2013 we’ll be celebrating the opening of Vermont’s newest fine furniture showroom and art gallery. We’d love to see you there! At Vermont Woods Studios, we’ve been working for the last 2 years on acquiring Stonehurst (a 220 year old farmhouse perched on “Pine Top”, a former ski area) and renovating it into a destination shopping experience worthy of showcasing Vermont made furniture. Now our work is done and we want to share it with you.
Our mission at Stonehurst is to use the beauty of Vermont’s handmade wood furniture to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable forestry. The Green Mountain State is a leader in educating the public on how sustainable furniture makes the journey from healthy forests to your living room. Vermont’s furniture makers partner with local land owners, loggers, sawyers, professional foresters, lumber mills and distributors to create eco friendly, wood furniture that homeowners can feel good about.
Like our state’s annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival in Woodstock, the Stonehurst fine furniture gallery is designed to help customers experience each link in the “Forest to Furniture” chain. It’s a place to combine your shopping with a hike through our 110 acres of sustainably managed forest. Or enjoy a relaxing glass of wine while taking in panoramic views of the Green Mountains. Your experience here just might make you a lifelong advocate for sustainable forestry. We hope so.
Today we send our heartfelt thanks out to Vermont taxpayers and everyone behind the Vermont Working Lands Initiative, as their contribution of a $100,000 competitively awarded grant made it possible for us to complete Stonehurst 2 years ahead of schedule. Learn more about the VT Working Lands Partnership here.
Saturday, November 9 2013. Open house from 1pm-5pm. Ceremony at 2pm.
Stonehurst, Vermont Woods Studios, 538 Huckle Hill Road, Vernon, Vermont 05354. Here’s a map.
Completion of Stonehurst is a significant milestone for both furniture and sustainable forestry industries in Vermont. This is a chance for us to thank the VIPs who put their trust in us through the VT Working Lands grant program. We have invited a number of them, including:
It’s not absolutely necessary but it would help us out if you could RSVP on Facebook.
We have limited parking at Stonehurst but the Vernon Recreation Center is just a mile down the street at the intersection of Pond Road and Huckle Hill Road. If Stonehurst parking is full, we ask attendees to gather at the Rec Center and carpool to Stonehurst.
Need something else to make us worth the trip? Immediately after our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, the Brattleboro Retreat will be presenting the 2013 Anna Marsh Award to Governor Peter Shumlin at 5:30 pm, a short distance away at The Hermitage in West Dover, Vermont (details online). Windham County Fans of Gov Shumlin, here’s the photo op you’ve been waiting for!
October 23rd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
By Presidential proclamation, this week– October 20-26, 2013 is National Forest Products Week. It’s a time for us to recognize the beauty of our forests, the many products that come from our forests and the people who work in and manage our forests.
At Vermont Woods Studios, our company was founded on a mission of forest conservation. Through Vermont’s beautiful, eco-friendly wood furniture, we’re trying to help raise awareness about the importance of sustainable forestry. What’s so interesting or important about sustainable forestry? Check out some of these fun forest facts:
With our mission of sustainable forestry we hope to persuade people to buy eco-friendly, Vermont made wood furniture and avoid the purchase of imported furniture that’s made from wood that’s illegally clear cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests.
October 19th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Meals on Wheels in Vernon is looking for a volunteer to deliver lunch to seniors on Thursdays from 11am-noon. Is anybody out there game? It’s a lot of fun meeting with our seniors and chatting them up every week.
Know what the big secret about Meals on Wheels is? The volunteers are the real beneficiaries. It’s true! You make new friends, hear old stories and get connected into the community. Never mind that it just feels good to spend a little time each week helping others.
So if you’ve got a flexible schedule on Thursdays, give Chris McAvoy a call at 802-257-1236 and sign yourself up! Or you can email Chris (email@example.com) or drop by to see her in the Gibson Aiken Building at 207 Main Street in Brattleboro, VT.
Not able to commit to every single Thursday? That’s totally fine. We’ll take any help we can get. Maybe every other Thursday? Or just be on a list of substitutes who can be called when regular volunteers are sick or out of town. Thanks for giving it some consideration.
October 15th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
I got an email from Sean today, titled “I thought this was kinda funny”. Usually it’s annoying when junk mail slips through our spam filter but when this one made it’s way into Sean’s inbox, at least it gave us all a good laugh: “The Vernon Award Program has chosen Vermont Woods Studios for the 2013 Vernon Awards in the Furniture Stores classification”
Now although we do feel very deserving of this award, I have to say that we’re the only furniture store in town. In fact there are only a handful of businesses of any sort in Vernon (a booming metropolis of 2141 people, a couple stop signs, no red lights and a whole lot of corn and Holstein cows).
The email goes on to say: Each year, across the GREATER VERNON AREA, the Vernon Award Program chooses only the best local businesses… that exemplify excellence and lead through customer service and community involvement.
Anyway the point of the email is to get you to buy these phony plastic awards which you can click through to purchase. The sad thing is that when I was googling around to find out who was behind the scam, I did find lots of photos of elderly business owners proudly holding their awards in front of their establishments.
So in the interest of helping others avoid this fate, I’ll post a link to ScamBook which drops a dime on these dirtballs as well as thousands of other scammers you may one day need to research: “As the leading complaint resolution platform, Scambook’s primary purpose is to give consumers like you a voice. Whether you’re a victim of fraud or bad business practices, we aim to help share your story and even find a resolution. We are here to provide a platform where we can help you spread the word and fight against scammers, fraud, and bad business. ”
Now getting back to Sean… here is the message he sent to all of us at Vermont Woods Studios with his forward of the award:
“I can’t believe we won! Great job everyone!”
October 12th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Hardwood furniture is experiencing a renaissance this year. It’s always been a classic, but over the years modern materials (metal, plastics, glass, wicker, rattan, bamboo, concrete) have become popular furniture components. Looking at today’s online home decor authorities such as Houzz and Apartment Therapy however, it seems real solid hardwood furniture is making a comeback! Here’s a run-down of the Top 5 Hardwood Furniture Style Trends we’ve seen at Vermont Woods Studios this year:
October 9th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
All across the USA, craftspeople and those who love their work are celebrating American Craft Week October 4-13. In Vermont we extend our celebration to the whole month of October which the Governor has proclaimed American Craft Month.
Our friend Greg Worden at Vermont Artisans Designs on Main Street in Brattleboro was influential in making that happen. He’s also one of the founders of Craft Retailers & Artists for Tomorrow (CRAFT), the non-profit organization that sponsors Craft Week. Members of CRAFT are dedicated to presenting artistic work with one common characteristic– it’s handmade in the USA:
“American Craft enriches our homes, wardrobes, offices and public spaces. It contributes to our nation’s economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our national history. It is original, beautiful and enduring, so let’s tell the world!”
This seems like a good opportunity to publicly thank Greg for his leadership and tireless efforts in promoting the top artists and craftspeople in Vermont and throughout New England. If you love high end crafts and fine art but you haven’t already been to Greg’s Vermont Artisans Designs– put it on your to do list! Here’s a short video of Greg’s gallery. It’s worth a trip, as testified on his website by art lovers from across America.
October 7th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Fellow woodworkers at JK Adams Kitchen Store are now represented at Stonehurst, Vermont’s newest fine furniture and art gallery. We’re excited to be able to offer customers (in both our showroom and online store) a great selection of handmade wooden tableware, kitchenware and wine and stemware storage.
If you’re not already acquainted with the JK Adams brand, allow me to highlight a few things about their history and quality. JK Adams has been “bringing generations of New England Yankee craftsmanship to the gourmet housewares industry for over 65 years.” They handcraft innovative and functional hardwood cutting boards, bowls, utensils, wine racks and knife racks in Dorset, Vermont– just a short ways from Stonehurst.
In addition to wooden housewares, JK Adams also offers Vermont slate products including Lazy Susans and drink coasters (with padded bases to prevent tabletop scratches).
One of the reasons we wanted to represent JK Adams is their commitment to the environment and the Vermont community. Sustainability is part of the foundation the company. Every J.K. Adams product is made in America from sustainably-grown and harvested North American wood. The J. K. Adams facility is fueled with wood scraps. Sawdust is shipped to area farmers for use on their fields and as beds for their animals. The company employs many generations of local families and they are one of the largest employers in the area.
Please join us in warmly welcoming J. K. Adams to Vermont Woods Studios and Stonehurst. We know you will love their products.
ps– they make wonderful gifts for the holidays, weddings, anniversaries and birthdays!
October 6th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Interior designers, home decorators and everyone who loves a simple, minimalist esthetic in the dining room: take notice of Copeland’s Audrey mid century modern dining set. We rolled out this popular collection in early summer, but at the time it was only available in walnut, a dark wood. Now it’s available in real solid cherry wood, a favorite among our customers.
Audrey has a simple, modern, utilitarian look but it’s elegant and sophisticated at the same time. The dining table has an “X” shaped trestle base that allows for lots of leg space. Customize the size online to accommodate small, medium or large dinner parties. Make your dining area more adaptable by choosing the Audrey Extension table. You’ll love the way the butterfly-style extra leaf self stores so easily under the table top.
Serious about selecting Copeland furniture for your green home? Check out the Top 10 Reasons to Buy Copeland Furniture at Vermont Woods Studios. Then Go Natural and Go Green! Copeland dining furniture is built to order in Bradford, Vermont from eco-friendly sustainably harvested wood.
October 2nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Planning to visit the Green Mountain State this weekend or anytime during this year’s foliage season? Be sure to check out Vermont Vacation’s clever Seeing is BeLeafing website for the latest in Vermont foliage reports and recommended scenic routes. Use this cool animated map to see when and where fall foliage is peaking in Vermont (for Stonehurst, which is located in the southeast corner of Vermont in Windham county, the map shows peak foliage will be October 10-24 this year. You can see from Kelsey’s photos yesterday that it’s pretty gorgeous here now so just imagine the view when the forests really burst out in full fall regalia).
Need a room for the weekend? It’s not too late. Here’s a quick way to search for lodging availability either by town or region. I just saw that 40 Putney Road has some room. That’s one of our favorite Brattleboro inns, located just a few minutes from downtown (and 15 minutes from Stonehurst).
You’ll find lots of other Vermont vacation ideas for Fall including great deals on mid-week get-aways, apple festivals, corn mazes and more. Happy leaf peeping! Stop by and see us at our new Stonehurst fine furniture showroom and art gallery on your way through. Bring a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and enjoy the view!