Walnut-slab-table-custom Our friend Greg Goodman made this beautiful Live Edge Custom Walnut Slab Table.  Greg has a studio in The Cotton Mill in Brattleboro where he works with fellow woodworker Bela creating some of the finest wood furniture and cabinetry in Vermont.  Greg let us film some of his work recently and we've included it in a short video about Vermont Woods Studios Furniture that's available on our website.  

 

It shows Greg working on a huge slab of catalpa wood, crafting it into a gorgeous custom dining table. In the video he talks about George Nakishima who is a source of inspiration for his slab tables. Nakishima, a Japanese-American woodworker and architect was a pioneer in the art of transforming figured organic wood forms like live edge slabs and burls into custom tables and furniture for the home.

You can watch the video that includes Greg's live edge table creation here.  We'll post additional videos of Greg's work over the next couple weeks.  If you're looking for a live edge table, Greg has the one shown above in his shop now.

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.

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Have you noticed that just about every furniture company out there is selling eco-friendly furniture these days?   I just googled green furniture and got over 42 million results.  And yet we know that over 50% of our wood furniture in the US is imported  (Chinese imports increased over 525% over the last 10 years – ref).  Do you think those imports are eco-friendly?  Not likely.  We've written many times about the illegal and unethical practices that make these cheap imports possible.  

So how can one get an honest, third party evaluation of a so-called eco-friendly furniture company to determine the integrity of their claims?  Try doing some research on the Sustainable Furniture Council Website.  The SFC describes itself as "a non-profit balanced coalition of industry players created to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike with a public tagging program to identify good choices."  Their slogan is "The Solution Starts with You!"


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The SFC
has over 250 members and each furniture company in the Council is listed on the SFC website.  To be considered for membership, a furniture company must complete a detailed application questionnaire that surveys the company's performance in everything from the extent of reclaimed and recycled resources employed, to the use of electronic versus paper documentation to the treatment and wages of workers.  Strict criteria are required for acceptance into the SFC and each member's answers to the application questionnaire are posted online to promote transparency.  You can find the Vermont Woods Studios application to the SFC here.

We applaud those consumers who take the time to research their furniture purchases at the Sustainable Furniture Council Website. You are a part of the solution to global warming and preservation of the earth's forests… and the endangered animals and peoples who inhabit those forests.  Thanks!

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.

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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. 

It was an honor for us at Vermont Woods Studios to be representing our state's finest furniture makers alongside Kathleen Wanner of the Vermont Wood Manufacturer's Association and Bruce Wilkie of Lyndon furniture. 

We appreciate the warm greetings and compliments we received regarding our fine, handcrafted, solid wood furniture display and we look forward to working with many of you in the near future.

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.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:                    Peggy Farabaugh
Phone Number:            802-579-1302
Email Address:            Info@VermontWoodsStudios.com

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VERNON, VT — October 17, 2008 – Vermont Woods Studios’ new website (VermontWoodsStudios.com) was singled out by leading furniture opinion makers at FurnitureQuest.com as the furniture website of the year.
“OK, we don’t actually have a Furniture Website of the Year Award. However if we did, the folks at VermontWoodsStudios.com would unquestionably be the winners!” says author, Joe McKean, General Manager of well-known furniture blog, FurnitureQuest.com.  “This has to be the most impressive website we have seen in years and they specialize in Fine Furniture Made of Sustainable Resources that is Made in America. How can we not be enthusiastic about that?”

Started in response to a business plan competition sponsored by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation BDCC, Vermont Woods Studios is a cooperative, community-oriented online marketing and sales venue that promotes collaboration and efficiency amongst Vermont’s many small custom furniture makers. The company strives to be a more affordable means of promoting the groups natural, eco friendly, artisan furniture to buyers outside of Vermont.  Today, the website offers a tremendous variety of furniture, crafted by artisans from all over Vermont, with price ranges from affordable to ultra-luxury.

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“It’s the only furniture site on the web that allows buyers to customize their furniture to their exact specifications, often at little or no additional cost,” says Customer Service Specialist, Jan Bennett. “Can you imagine going into Neiman Marcus or Restoration Hardware and asking them to make your dining room table an inch taller or 3.5 inches wider?  Or telling them you’d like to have it in solid, natural cherry instead of the oak veneer model they have on the floor?

At VermontWoodsStudios.com, we make each piece of furniture to order and can easily make modifications to suit our customers’ needs.  Custom furniture is now a luxury available to families who might never have considered it previously.”

The company’s dedication to environmentally friendly sourcing and processing is discussed in their furniture blog, http://vermontwoodsstudios.typepad.com.  “Did you know that 20% of global warming is caused by the destruction of the rainforest?” says owner/operator, Peggy Farabaugh.  “You could be contributing to global warming by unknowingly purchasing imported furniture or flooring made from illegally harvested mahogany or teak that’s been clear cut from the fragile tropical rainforest ecosystem.  In our blog, we provide news, tips and advice to help eco conscious consumers purchase beautiful, affordable, heirloom-quality furniture that is certified as sustainable by independent, non-profit agencies like the Forest Stewardship Council FSC.”

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Media contact:
Jan Bennett at
802-579-1302
greenmission.vt@gmail.com

Acknowledgements:
Tina DuBosque, Ecommerce specialist, E-tegrity Consulting
Barb Ackemann, Web Developer, IrisLines Designs

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.

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Here's another insiders tip for leaf peepers visiting Vermont this Fall.  The annual Vermont Wood Design Competition Awards Reception is being held on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Woodstock, Vermont at the
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park's new LEED-certified, "Green" Forest Center (directions).  The reception will feature this year's award-winning handcrafted furniture and wood accessories created by the world-class furniture-makers of Vermont.  Meet and mingle with the artisans. Whether you aim to purchase, commission or just admire their work, this will be an elegant evening to remember.  Live music and refreshments provided.  And don't forget to stop by the  Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival  on Saturday, September 27 & Sunday or September 28,
2008  from 10am to 5 pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT while you're here (see previous entry). 
  Vermont Woods Studios will be at both of these woodworking events and we hope you will too.

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.