Custom-walnut-slab-table Our friend David Allard and the talented furniture makers at Lyndon Furniture are always coming up with some new, exciting wood furniture design project.  Check out this huge custom walnut slab table they recently finished.  It's 13.5' long and the two planks in the top are made of 1 ¾" thick solid black walnut.

The legs are made of welded steel tubes that thread through the walnut slab top like through-tenons.  On the top, Dave left a gap between the 2 walnut slabs to allow for wood movement.  Believe it or not, even kiln-dried wood (like these walnut slabs) expands and contracts quite a bit with changes in humidity and temperature.

Such a simple elegant design, isn't it?  But as any amateur woodworker could attest, it's not one to try at home unless you've got the hand of a trained professional.  And a crane 🙂

 

 

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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As the Vermont Crafts Council 19th Annual Open Studio Weekend approaches I thought you might want to get a sneak preview of some of Vermont's finest furniture makers who will be opening their studio doors for you next weekend.

 

 

 

 

Dan Mosheim started Dorset Custom Furniture over 30 years ago to pursue his passion in the design and building of exquisite custom furniture.  He and his family and fellow woodworking artisans hand-built the studio they work in today in Dorset Vermont. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dan's blog has become quite famous in the world of fine woodworking. I love reading it because he's always got a fascinating project going and he's very generous about sharing his insights, methods and photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dan's projects are big and small, but always elegant.

 

 

I've looked everywhere for a photo of Dan that I could post here, but that seems to be the one thing he's kinda stingy about.  He did post his CV online though and it's very endearing.  I think you'll enjoy it.

 

Stop by and meet Dan and his family of talented artisans next weekend at Dorset Custom Furniture.  They are some of the best in the business.  Here's the map.

 

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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.

Bob-Gasperetti The Vermont Crafts Council 19th Annual Open Studio Weekend is only a week away on May 28th & 29th 2011.

If you've never been, I can promise that touring around to Vermont's artisan studios will be a unique and fun way to spend a weekend.

In addition to Vermont's amazing furniture makers, you'll be able to visit glass blowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers.  

 

I posted Bob Gasperetti's picture here because Bob is on of the best of the best Vermont Furniture Makers and he has the coolest studio.  It looks like a quintessential Vermont barn and is set in the heart of the Green Mountains in Mt Tabor, VT just off Route 7, a bit north of Manchester Center.  On the first floor of Bob's place he has a treasure trove of beautiful wooden planks, burls and slabs– from all types of different tree species that he's been collecting over the years.  Pick the ones you like and head upstairs.

Bob's workshop is on the second floor, where he'll show you all the hand tools and machinery he uses to work his magic.  Fascinating!  Then up on the third floor is his showroom which houses his latest handcrafted furniture creations… perhaps:

  • a Shaker style four poster bed and matching dressers, mirrors and chests
  • a Vermont style, solid cherry dining table, chairs, buffet and hutch
  • a home office set up with an executive desk, file credenza and bookcases

The craftsmanship you'll see in Bob's studio is like nothing you've ever seen before (unless you're already familiar with the tradition of Vermont furniture making, of course).  Check out the precision of his dovetail joints and run your hand back and forth over his smooth finishes.  You might have a hard time leaving empty handed… but the good thing is that he always has a great selection of pieces on sale and available to take home during Open Studio Weekend.  Or you can work with Bob on a unique custom piece made especially for you.

Reaching for your calendar and map?  The Council publishes a free tour guide featuring a map of all the participating studios, including Bob's.  You can pick it up at any Vermont Welcome Center or print one online.   Vermont is actually bigger than you think and there are so many artisans now that maps are available for each county.  Enjoy the weekend and let's hope the sun participates too!

Vermont Woods Studios

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.

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.