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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.

Bedroom-furniture-sale-vt Manjula rolled out our Fall Bedroom Furniture Sale Friday, just in time for Autumn leaf peepers to enjoy.  While you're travelling through the highways and by-ways of Vermont this Fall, save a little time to stop by our small showroom in Vernon, VT.  Rebecca and Shannon would love to meet you and show you the best of our bedroom collections of beds, dressers, chests, armoires, mirrors, and night stands.

If you purchase 2 or more bedroom furniture items, you'll save 15%, plus get free shipping and white glove delivery to anywhere in the continental USA.  Prefer to shop at home?  Our online store is secure and easy to use. You'll probably have lots of questions before purchasing your high end, Vermont made furniture online,  so don't hesitate to contact us by phone between 9am-5pm, Monday – Saturday or by email anytime.  We'll look forward to helping you select the luxury bedroom furniture set you've always wanted.

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

Here at Vermont Woods Studios, we have always (and only) sold 100% USA made wood furniture. Vermont made furniture to be more precise.  And the reasons this matters are many and compelling. Let’s start with superb, lasting quality and built from a natural and sustainable material. Well that’s good for your wallet and very good for the planet. And when you factor in the US jobs it creates and the local economies it helps support, well to me that’s when it becomes very compelling. Our product and service choices really do matter and can make a difference.

This past year ABC news ran some Made in America feature stories. You may have seen all or part of these week long series specials on the nightly news. They did a great job of raising awareness of how little we have in our homes that was produced in this country. And the obvious “reason this matters” drawn from these segments was how it has impacted the US economy and our jobs market.

So it did get me thinking that maybe I could shift at least some of my buying to US made goods (as challenging as that sounds).  I would do my part plus I certainly have been experiencing some quality issues with my offshore made products, especially tools. Why is my father’s power drill from the 1950’s still working while I am on at least my 5th one!

And my next thought was that I couldn’t be alone in this thinking and that sooner or later a “Buy American” movement would begin. If ABC news couldn’t push this movement, no one can! Well the whole ABC coverage did inspire and encourage me to think more about this and ponder what a small movement with “spreading potential” could do? When could we make a really big difference? How about the time of year when we really ramp up our spending? What would be an easy to adopt theme? And then it hit me, holiday shopping is right around the corner. How many Secret Santa office parties will there be? How many school children will be partaking in a holiday gift exchange? And how many families and friends will be having an old fashion Yankee Swap! So why not an American Made theme holiday gift party this year? And that’s just what we are going to do here in our Vermont Woods Studios office and that’s what I am going to do when it comes to my family and friend gift buying.

In the coming weeks I will be posting on this blog the results of my findings and ideas. So if you are curious as to what I find or if you want to share your thoughts or findings please come back and post your comments here (or even better– on our Facebook page).

Now imagine if a million holiday gatherings follow this Buy American theme this season… well that will really matter!  Join us and pledge to Buy American this holiday season.

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.