Charlie-shackleton-furnitureI can't believe it's leaf-peeping season already… an annual outdoor extravaganza that comes with great ambivalence among Vermonters.  Most of us are not really ready to think about the winter ahead yet, but on the other hand, Fall is pretty spectacular up here in New England. 

 

Over the last decade a popular new stop on the Vermont Foliage Tour has emerged and that's the Fine Furniture Festival in Woodstock, VT

 

It's an annual gathering of Vermont's fine furniture makers— undoubtedly some of the best, most meticulous craftspeople in the world.  Here you'll get to see, feel and sit in beautiful, handcrafted solid wood furniture that's unlike anything you've seen in the stores.  You'll get to chat with craftsepople whose pieces live in luxurious penthouses and mansions around the world.  And you'll find that they are approachable, down to earth and passionate about the integrity of their work.

 

Bill-laberge-furniture Honestly, if you're interested in furniture with authentic old world craftsmanship and/or creative modern style, Woodstock is the place to be.  And acquiring this kind of heirloom furniture is not out of reach– not when you're shopping in Vermont. 

 

OK, it's a totally different product than what you'll find in "luxury furniture stores" like Restoration Hardware or Crate and Barrel.  It's American made with sustainably harvested wood and it's made (and usually guaranteed) to last a lifetime so naturally the price will be higher than the imported furniture you're used to seeing in stores. 

 

 

But if you're looking for value, you won't find a better opportunity than this.  You'll be purchasing direct from the furniture makers and your solid wood furniture will be made to order just for you.  Shipping is no problem either.  These professionals have been shipping their work around the globe for years and they know how to do it right.

Shackleton-furniture So… designers, architects, homeowners- we'll hope to see you in Woodstock this weekend.  It will be a highlight of your foliage tour I promise!

 

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Shackleton Thomas Furniture

Bill Laberge Furniture

Shackleton Thomas 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.

Custom-walnut-slab-table Our friend David Allard and the talented furniture makers at Lyndon Furniture are always coming up with some new, exciting wood furniture design project.  Check out this huge custom walnut slab table they recently finished.  It's 13.5' long and the two planks in the top are made of 1 ¾" thick solid black walnut.

The legs are made of welded steel tubes that thread through the walnut slab top like through-tenons.  On the top, Dave left a gap between the 2 walnut slabs to allow for wood movement.  Believe it or not, even kiln-dried wood (like these walnut slabs) expands and contracts quite a bit with changes in humidity and temperature.

Such a simple elegant design, isn't it?  But as any amateur woodworker could attest, it's not one to try at home unless you've got the hand of a trained professional.  And a crane 🙂

 

 

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.

By Dennis Shanoff

Home-office-living-sale If you are now on your second “big box store” office desk and looking to replace this wobbly one once and for all you might want to consider a real wood desk (one that you can use and enjoy for many carefree years). Same goes for that TV entertainment center. Are the door hinges just barely hanging on? Or maybe your bookcase shelves are bowing under the weight of your book collection? And how would you like your new real wood desk or entertainment center to arrive fully assembled (our Vermont made furniture arrives assembled).  We probably all have purchased one of those big box store desks, bookcases or entertainment centers that come in a giant heavy box filled with dozens of screws, nuts and bolts. Which one goes where? And after a few frustrating hours of assembly you have some furniture that at best is functional. Well for the time being!

 

And of course nothing can match the beauty, styling and sturdiness of real wood. Beautiful and interesting wood grain can never be simulated and stains or dyes could never match the natural color of real wood. Sure real wood, crafted in America furniture costs more but when you consider you will never have to buy it again it suddenly becomes the real bargain!

 

So starting today our Vermont, American made real wood living room and home office furniture is on sale. From now through August 23rd you can save up to 15% plus receive free shipping! And you may also be happy to know that along with getting a great value and beautifying your home you are supporting a local US economy plus helping preserve our natural resources by buying lasting furniture made with domestic, sustainably harvested woods. Oh, one last note! If you visit our online furniture galley and do not see exactly what you want, most of our pieces can be modified in size and configuration. Or if you just want to chat more about real wood furniture just drop us a line!

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.

Vermont-antique-furnitureVermont furniture lovers take note:  this Saturday, August 13, one of the largest known collections of Vermont-made antiques is going on the auction block at Skinner, Inc. in Marlborough, Mass.  Bob and Barbara Levine of Greenwich, CT amassed this elegant collection over 35 years and are retired and downsizing.  So now is your big chance!

Odds are, because of the economy, there will be some once-in-a-lifetime bargains.  Check out this Classical Carved Mahogany and Mahogany Veneer Sofa.  It is presumed to be made by Nahum Parker in Middlebury, Vermont nearly 200 years ago– around 1825.  What an incredible piece!  And there are about 50 other stunning pieces in the collection.  Preview and bidding can be done online as well as in person.  The Bennington Banner has details.

 

 

Fainting-couch-steve-holman For all you fine furniture afficionados, isn't it great to know that this same level of craftsmanship continues to be practiced in Vermont today?  Have a look at this gorgeous fainting couch created by Steve Holman.  Who said they're not making things like they used to?  Whoever did needs to visit us in Vermont.

Check out more extraordinary custom artisan furniture pieces made by the world's finest furniture makers.  Vermont truly is the Fine Furniture Capital of America!

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.

Handmade-bedroom-furniture-sale-splash Customers, fans, and admirers of Vermont Woods Studios fine wood furniture spend the most time browsing in our bedroom furniture galleries. So beds and bedroom sets have become some of the most popular pieces we sell. And it is around this time every summer we see the interest in bedroom furnishings peak. Perhaps the actions of spring see someone just moving into a new home, or just completing a home or room remodel? Maybe a child is going off to college and their bedroom is being reclaimed and being transformed into a guest bedroom?

So starting today and running through August 9th your first piece of bedroom furniture is on sale for 10% off. Or buy two or more pieces and we’ll take 15% off your total order (plus free shipping)!  This is a storewide bedroom sale so the savings applies to every bedroom collection and piece. Sound interesting? Hop on over to our online furniture showroom where you can find over 40 beautiful handcrafted wood beds plus dozens of matching wood dressers, chests, and nightstands. Every piece of our real wood bedroom furniture is traditionally handcrafted right here in Vermont and is available in solid Cherry, Walnut and Maple hardwoods.

So enjoy your web gallery visit and please get in touch with us if there is anything at all we can assist you with. And a big thanks to all our customers, fans, and admirers of Vermont Style Furniture! If you are not quite ready for some new Vermont made bedroom furniture right now, please keep checking back with us. Look for more new products and specials in the coming months!

Note! If you “Like us on Facebook” you can save an additional $50! (and learn about new designs, upcoming sales, and other happenings here and throughout 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.