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Over the last 30 years, almost all the big American furniture manufacturers (including La-Z-Boy, Vaughan-Bassett, Broyhill, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Hickory Chair, Lane, Thomasville, Ethan Allen and so on) have moved some or all of their operations overseas to China, Vietnam and other third world countries.  The result has been cheaper prices, lower quality and the emergence of what we call “curbside furniture”.

 

But there are still many companies that make high quality fine furniture right here in the USA and Vermont has more than it’s share of them.  That’s why we call Vermont the Fine Furniture Capital of America.  Throughout the off-shoring movement, only one Vermont furniture company I know of moved it’s operations overseas.  The rest stayed here in Vermont remaining true to their values of quality, integrity, sustainability and community.

 

We’ve profiled a number of these great American furniture makers including Vermont companies like Copeland Furniture and Lyndon Furniture as well as many small, custom, fine furniture makers including Steve Holman, Dan Mosheim, Chad Woodruff and Greg Goodman.

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Today I wanted to highlight the work of Kit Clark, a consummate craftsman who specializes in luxury custom rocking chairs.  “Furniture that fits you” is Kit’s mantra and he makes custom rockers much like a  tailor would make a custom suit.  Each rocker is designed specifically to fit its owner.  Kit studies a customer’s posture, records their measurements and interviews them to understand any subtleties that could be used to enhance the comfort of their rocker.  Then he goes back to the shop and eventually emerges with masterpiece in hand.  Stop by Kit’s shop in Ferrisburgh, VT if you get a chance.  I can’t think of a more luxurious Made in America Christmas present than a Kit Clark Rocker.

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.

Give-hopeAll across the USA people are talking about giving Christmas Gifts that are “Made in America” and– we’re beginning to see some pretty impressive results in the form of job creation.

Well, here’s another way do something great with your holiday shopping.  How about donating to local food pantries and shelters in honor of the people on your Christmas list?  Instead of scrambling around trying to figure out what on earth to get all those people who already have everything, why not honor them by helping someone who’s hungry or cold?

Give the gift of hope to those who have lost hope.  How many parents who were in a position just like you and me very recently–  have no job today?

In our area we have many local organizations in need of donations, including the Reformer Christmas Stocking, Feed the Thousands and The Vermont Food Bank, in addition to local churches that each have a program to give hope and help.  This year the need is more critical than ever.

What’s interesting is that when given a choice, all of the people I polled said they would rather have this kind of donation given in their name than receive another pair of gloves for Christmas.  I bet your friends would say the same.  What do you think?

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.

Made-america-Christmas-giftsThe "Made in America" Holiday Shopping Challenge we started way back in September at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture is in full swing now.  ABC News has jumped on board and done an amazing job of raising awareness about how much we as consumers can do to provide jobs in our communities, just by "buying American". 

Their favorite statistic is that the average American spends $700 on Christmas gifts each year and if only $64 of that was used for American made gifts, we could create 200,000 jobs.  So the question in, "Are you IN?"

We've been finding a lot of great American made stuff in our own back yards at local shops, craft fairs and farmer's markets.  But since a lot of things on your list won't be available locally, we've got some great American gift ideas for you on our Facebook like:

 

  *   For the kids– American Flyer Sleds

  *   For Mom– Colorful bud vases from Fiestaware

  *   For Dad–  Rugged tool sets from Channellock

  *   For Aunt Clara–  Handwoven baskets by Longaberger Basket

  *   For the art lover– Creative gifts from $10- $5000 at The Art of Making a Difference

Have other ideas or American made gift suggestions?  Post them on our American Made Christmas Shopping Facebook Event.  We ARE making a difference.  Jobs are starting to come back.  What was is that Margaret Mead once said… something about "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

 

 

 

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-Christmas-GiftsEveryone has been asking me to keep them posted about when the Vernon, Vermont segment of ABC's Made in America Christmas Shopping Challenge is going to air.  I just spoke to Christine Brozyna, the producer from ABC World News.  Vernon's segment is tentatively planned for next Monday or Tuesday, Dec 12 or 13.  If they can't fit it in then, Christine said they'll probably push it back–  to the following Mon or Tues, Dec 19 or 20.  No promises on the schedule though.

If you live in Vernon and want additional information, check our Vermont Furniture Facebook.  We hope to see you on TV!  Keep you fingers crossed for Monday or Tuesday.

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.

Astrid-maple-bedroom-furnitureI have to share some of these beautiful photos of our New Copeland Furniture Collection as we're adding them to our online furniture store. 

Tim Copeland started his company over 30 years ago, and has built a reputation for world class, handmade, high end furniture in a variety of styles and designs.  His modern mid-century Astrid, Catalina and SoHo collections are entirely different from anything we’ve ever carried before.  We've already seen interest in these sophisticated, retro designs especially from customers in urban, metropolitan areas who are looking for dramatic flair for their lofts and luxury apartment homes.

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In addition to having a fabulous sense of style, the Copeland family is committed to making quality American made furniture by skilled American craftsmen. And they're serious about environmental conservation and stewardship.  No greenwashing here.

 

 

Soho-walnut-cherry-bedI'll be highlighting more of their collections as we work on getting pieces up on our website.  We plan to have our online store ready to roll by the end of the month, but in the meantime if you need additional information just give us a call.  Full color catalogs and prices lists are posted on the Copeland Furniture section of our website.

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.