Vermont-furniture Many thanks to filmmaker Luke Stafford of Mondo Media for creating a beautiful, professional video about Vermont Woods Studios Handcrafted Furniture.  The video features two of our favorite woodworkers: Chad Woodruff of Vernon, Vermont and Greg Goodman of Brattleboro, Vermont.  Luke visited both of their studios and filmed them in action. 

Chad was making pieces for his line of mission-craftsman style furniture and Greg was working on a live edge wood slab table made out of a local catalpa tree.  We thank them both for taking time out of their busy schedules to introduce our customers to their work.  I can tell you that they are some of the finest artisans in our state and we are proud to be working with them.

You can view the video by going to our Vermont Woods Studios homepage and clicking on the third box down on the right where it says "watch".  Let me know how you like the show!

 

 

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A warm* rain has finally come to Vermont to wash away some of the 4 feet of snow that’s been piled in my front yard for the longest time.  I can’t remember ever having such a snowy Febuary… and it was great fun for awhile.

But now I’m ready for Spring, and leafing through the photos of our new line of POLYWOOD outdoor patio furniture is lifting my spirits.  Manjula and Dennis are finishing putting the final touches on the outdoor furniture section of our website even as customers start receiving our first deliveries of POLYWOOD chairs, tables and chaises.

POLYWOOD furniture is 100% made in America and we are the only company I know of that offers a lifetime guarantee on it.

Besides the fact that it’s made out of recycled plastic, I love the aspect that we no longer have to clear-cut the rainforest for tropical woods like teak and mahogany that were once the only real choice for durable outdoor furniture.   It’s a win-win:  we’re taking waste out of the waste stream and we’re conserving forestlands at the same time.  Not to mention the fact that it’s beautiful and durable.

Check out this very cool outdoor patio furniture today.  Even if you’re not shopping, just looking at the pictures will help lift you out of the winter doldrums… and make you start to Think Spring.  Or summer.  Or maybe even a tropical vacation…

 

 

*In Vermont, at this time of year we can define “warm” as anything above 32F  🙂

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American-wood-bed-furniture Have you ever thought about where your wood furniture comes from?  
Over the past few decades, the organic food movement has made us ask questions about the origin of our food. Now the fundamental concerns voiced in that movement are being extrapolated to the furniture and flooring industries. People want to know where their furniture comes from and what they're finding out is often more disturbing than the facts that were uncovered regarding the origins of our food.

For facts about the origin of your furniture, check out Vermont Woods Studios' latest article on American Wood Furniture and Global Forest Conservation at Ezine.

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Our American Shaker Large Sideboard in natural cherry wood.

Let’s talk about natural cherry wood furniture.

Today I wanted to provide some detail about naturally occurring mineral deposits that are a characteristic of cherry.

In cherry wood small black flecks occur in the grain where tiny amounts of sap were stored in the cherry tree.

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You can see on these panels the little pockets where sap once lived.

Mineral deposits (or pitch pockets) are natural and randomly occurring.  They do not diminish the strength or quality of your furniture.  As we say: they add to its uniqueness.

The frequency of mineral deposits in our furniture varies with each tree utilized but it is largely reflected in the product photos here and throughout our website.  Like any other fine furniture maker we cannot guarantee the absence of mineral deposits in our cherry wood furniture and we cannot consider the presence of mineral deposits a reason for furniture returns, per our lifetime guarantee policy.

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Our Loft Bedroom Collection in natural cherry wood. Note the mineral deposits on the two bottom left drawers of the dresser.

Looking for Cherry Furniture with Virtually No Mineral Deposits?

Most of our furniture makers are reluctant to offer cherry furniture without mineral deposits for a couple reasons. First, it is against our sustainable forestry principles.  Up to five times the number of trees need to be harvested to produce furniture with virtually no mineral deposits.  Second, the presence of mineral deposits in cherry wood can be a matter of opinion.  What one customer might feel was mineral-deposit free furniture may not be the same for another customer.

If mineral deposits are an issue for you, give us a call.  We’ll work something out… although I should mention that the price of a “virtually mineral deposit-free” piece is generally about twice that of the regular piece.

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Are you looking to buy American Made furniture?  One of our customers mentioned yesterday that she finally found us at Vermont Woods Studios after searching high and low for furniture made in the USA.  She was amazed at how difficult it is to ascertain where a piece of furniture is made. 

Kind of like cars… it's nearly impossible to find a definition of US made furniture.  That's because most furniture companies we think of as American are making their furniture overseas (for example, Bassett, Broyhill, Lanye, Lazy Boy, Ethan Allan, Thomasville, Pennsylvania House, Drexel, American Drew, Stanley and others).  Rather than be up front about it, they will often complete the last manufacturing step or two (for example applying the finish) in the USA and will then state that their furniture is Made in the USA.  They lobby against any sort of definitions for the American made label because it does not suit their interest.

 

 

 

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Just so you know, though there are furniture makers left that really do make their furniture 100% in the USA.  Vermont has become the hub of American furniture making over the last 30 years or so, as North Carolina companies have mostly gone overseas. 

Of the 2000 or so Vermont furniture makers, I can think of only two that have a portion of their operations overseas.  That says something about Vermont, don't you think?

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