Natural Cherry wood furniture is a favorite among our customers and people are always asking where the wood comes from.
We source as much wood as we can locally, preferably right here in Vermont. But cherry wood isn’t a big component of the Green Mountain Forest.
There are a few cherry trees here and there across Vermont, but Pennsylvania is really the Cherry Capitol of the world and that’s where we get most of our cherry wood. It is arguably the finest cherry wood on earth and is prized for its lovely red color, grain and luster.
Fortunately for us, in 1995 the state of Pennsylvania had the foresight to protect and preserve a great deal of their cherry wood resources. They committed to maintaining the state forest system sustainably and began green certifying it, by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC. FSC is considered the gold standard in third party certifications of forests so we can be confident that the forests providing our cherry wood will be around to enjoy for many generations… just like our cherry wood furniture.
Christmas is only 10 days away and if you’ve been stressing over that ultra-special gift with the big WOW factor, you’re probably starting to feel some pressure. Perhaps the economic uncertainty is weighing into your decision process and you’re hesitant to splurge on extravagances that aren’t really necessary. Here’s an idea for how you can choose a flashy, splashy custom luxury gift, that’s affordable and practical..and GREEN too. A furniture gift certificate from Vermont Woods Studios! We’ll enclose it in a beautifully handcrafted, wooden box handcrafted by T. Breeze Verdant, master of exotic inlaid marquetry, and FedEx it out within 24 hours so you can have it under the tree in plenty of time.
Many thanks to our customers, friends and colleagues who stopped by to see us in our booth at the Boston GreenBuild conference last week. We were inspired to join you, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa who delivered the keynote address, and over 800 green companies and 28,000 attendees, all working towards a the vision of a greener planet.
As we start picking up the pieces of our broken economy and trying to sort through them, what kinds of changes will we make to avoid another meltdown? We've unwittingly become such ravenous consumers, that we've gotten accustomed to forsaking quality in our purchases for instant gratification at the expense of frequent disposal and replacement.
We hear people say things like, "I like to freshen up my home and replace my furniture every few years to stay up with the trends." In the furniture business, we call those disposable purchases curbside furniture.
you're lucky enough to have antiques and heirlooms that have been
handed down to you through the generations, I'll bet that even after
50-100 or more years, you'll find the quality of those items to be
superior to that of today's equivalent.
Rebuilding the economy on a green foundation is going to involve a cultural shift away from cheap, imported, transitory goods in favor of high-quality, long-lasting, timeless items that are crafted from sustainable resources and sold near the source with a minimum of transportation and fuel costs. Green American furniture companies are leading the way toward this kind of a paradigm shift. We have the sustainable resources, the talent, the facilities and the will to make it happen. Visit the Sustainable Furniture Council to learn more.