American-made-furniture-saleJust a quick note to let you know we've got a great sale going on today through Halloween, October 31.  The American Made Fine Wooden Furniture Sale gives you 15% off just about everything store-wide including bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, home office furniture and living room furniture.

Celebrate the renaissance of American craftsmanship by acquiring a piece or a room full of handmade, heirloom quality, fine wooden furniture!

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.

American-Made-FurnituresWe've been working hard to promote American Made products lately, in support of American workers who need jobs.  All of our furniture is 100% American Made (100% Vermont made actually– well OK, I think we have a few chairs that are made in Massachusetts) but we wanted to do more.  Dennis started our "Made in America" Holiday Gift Challenge event last month asking people to purchase "American Made" holiday gifts.  We've got about 46 takers so far and you can add your name to the list if you're on Facebook.

Well, more and more with each passing day, it seems that buying American isn't just a patriotic thing to do– it's an economically smart strategy.  In his Harvard Business Review column, Harold Sirkin sees a resurgence of USA manufacturing coming in response to changing economics.  Chinese workers are starting to fight for higher wages at the same time that the cost of fuel and shipping from China to the US are also on the rise.  Companies like Volkswagen are noticing– they recently opened a new $1Billion factory in Tennessee.

Now what will the big so-called "American" furniture companies do… like Furniture Brands International, the huge multi-national company that's bought out many of our iconic American furniture companies (Broyhill, Lane, Thomasville, etc.) over the last 30 years?  Well they anticipated this years ago and have moved many of their overseas operations from China to Viet Nam where wages are still deplorably low and regulations are even more non-existent than in China.  But that's for another day and another discussion.

The good news is that there is still plenty of American made furniture being built in the USA and the best of it is right up here in Vermont!

 

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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The other day Ken got the word from his orthopedic surgeon that he's not released to go back to work yet until he gets another week of physical therapy for his new hip.  Anyone else would be thrilled but Ken is starting to go a little stir crazy. 

 

We try to alleviate that some now and then by giving him a few light chores to do around Vermont Woods Studios Furniture.  Today his big event was putting up a new sign outside the showroom.

 

Now he's off to rest from all the exertion.  Pretty funny… knowing Ken, huh?

 

 

 

 

 

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Manjula and Douglas are such hams in front of the camera, aren't they? Everytime I get it out to take pictures of our furniture, they jump right into the photo.  They insisted I take a picture of them today.  Hahaha!  Not really (quite the opposite), but they forced me into the photo above so I thought it was only fair to reciprocate.  They were good sports about it, as always.

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.

Simon-pearceAs you know, when Hurricane Irene blew through Vermont, hundreds of our roads, bridges, homes and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed. Being on the banks (being THE banks, actually) of the Ottauquechee River, the Simon Pearce flagship store in Quechee Vermont suffered major flooding and sustained serious damage to its glassblowing, pottery and hydroelectric facilities.  

 

 

Luckily their restaurant and retail store suffered much less damage and they recently re-opened.

 

 

Arn-cathy-simon-pearceWe, at Vermont Woods Studios love to visit the Simon Pearce Mill and Restaurant, especially during these colorful weeks of Fall (that's Arn and Cathy in the restaurant– the picture was taken just before the hurricane). The Pearce family and their staff are an inspiration to us and a role model for sustainable operations and good corporate citizenship.  Their business is a benchmark for the kind of destination we want to offer at our next location.

Check out the Simon Pearce website and Facebook to see the kind of principled company they have created.  And definitely stop by for lunch or dinner at the Simon Pearce restuarant— one of the finest in the Northeast.

There are a few weeks of leaf peeping left in Vermont, so we hope you'll wander through our state this weekend or next.  You'll find that almost all of our businesses have managed to dry out, dig out and clean-up in time for your visit.  Your efforts will be greatly appreciated by all the Vermont business owners who are working around the clock to recover from the worst catastrophe the state has ever seen.  

Enjoy your travels! 

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.

Clear-lake-furniture-vtVermont is home to some of the best fine furniture makers in America, and indeed the world.  Last month Vermont Woods Studios attended the annual Fine Furniture Festival and Design Contest in Woodstock, Vermont and it was bigger and better than ever.  I wanted to recognize the winners and share a few photos of their work with you.

 

Brent Karner of Clear Lake Furniture was awarded First Place in the Production Furniture category for his beautiful custom wall unit with bookcases, media storage and a fireplace mantle.

 

 

 

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Johns Congdon took First Place in the Custom and Studio Furniture category for his Alienor Writing Desk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mario Messina's Abacus Table took Second Place in the Custom and Studio Furniture category.

 

 

 

 

 

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David Hurwitz's State of Craft Table took tThird Place in the Custom and Studio Furniture Category.

 

 

Congratulations to everyone on your impressive achievements!  See more photos on our Facebook.

 

 

 

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.