Spotted-turtle As you may know, a major part of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios is forest conservation, and today we are celebrating BIG time. The Spotted Turtle, a small black turtle with yellow spots is so endangered in our area that a few years ago there were only 8 known specimens in the wild.   For the past several years, we have been working with Jim Andrews and the Reptile and Amphibian Atlas project at Middlebury College to study the turtle and its habitat in an effort to implement protective measures.  Last year, my neighbor, Kim Gragen and his son Elliott reported a spotted turtle sighting nearby, which was immediately followed up by the Vermont Division of Fish and Wildlife DFW.   As a result, the DFW discovered a new nesting site and last night they received permission from the Town of Vernon, Vermont to purchase 15 acres of wetlands, including the nesting site, to further our efforts to save this rare and endangered species.  Other types of reptiles, amphibeans and water fowl will also benefit from the conservation measure, including the rare Jefferson's Salamander.  More information can be found in this morning's edition of the Brattleboro Reformer.  We are grateful to the Vernon Select Board and all the people who helped to make this small but important conservation measure possible.  And we want to thank our customers too and remind them that a portion of each sale at Vermont Woods Studios is  donated to local and international organizations working to preserve the forest.

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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What are you planning for Valentine's Day?   No–you can't count on the recession for an excuse to lapse or forget.  Here's a link to World Wildlife Fund's FREE Valentine's email cards to help you out in recognizing all the special green people in your life.

And for those on a more generous budget,you can still surprise the love of your
life with the gift of our ultra luxury Heart-Shaped Valentines Chairs  handcrafted by Steve Holman.
This figured maple chair with velvety red upholstery can be
customized to include your names, date or other creative personal touches. Like
your enduring devotion, these heirloom chairs will be around forever – or at
least for generations!

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.

 

Today I received my monthly newsletter from the World Wildlife Fund WWF, a global non-profit that works to protect endangered species and the communities they live in.  Very often, these communities are forests, particularly rainforests.  Being wood furniture makers, at Vermont Woods Studios we see one of our fundamental missions as working to preserve the world's forests.  We've written extensively about the direct link between rainforest devastation and global warming and have disucssed facts like these:
  • 54 of the world's 193 countries have lost 90 percent or more of their forest cover. 
  • Rainforests that once covered 14% of the earth's land surface now cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
  • 1.5 acres of rainforest are lost every second (that equates to 50 million acres a year: an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined)
  •  Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next 25 years due to rainforest deforestation.
  • We are losing approximately 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year.
We support the  WWF as they work with local, indigenous peoples around the world to save endangered species and habitats through community-based projects and solutions.  A portion of every purchase at Vermont Woods Studios is donated to WWF.  Check out their website.  They have great gifts in the form of endangered Animal adoptions and global crafts and such.  You just might find the perfect Valentine's gift for your sweetheart.

 

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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At 2:30am on Christmas Eve
, our landlord and wonderful supporter and promoter, Annette Roydon was awakened in her c. 1814 farmhouse by the smell of smoke.  She grabbed her cell phone and her dog, Hera and bolted down the stairs and out the front door.  As she was dialing emergency-911 she realized she was standing in the freezing snow and cold with nothing on but a T-shirt.  She had just enough time to run upstairs, snatch a pair of jeans and run out, before the house burst into flames.

Thanks to the quick response of the local Vernon Fire Department and six other fire departments from neighboring towns, the fire was put out by early-morning and no one was hurt.  Although the farmhouse and the adjoining office space which was our showroom were a complete loss, the barn was saved, as were all the livestock including horses, cows and chickens.

Now that several days have gone by and we've been able to get over the initial shock, we are looking at options for moving forward and will keep you posted here on our blog.  Our online Vermont Woods Studios store is functioning just fine, with no interruption, so that much is a big relief.

Annette gives us all inspiration after losing just about every material thing she owned, including valuable artwork, jewelry and family heirlooms that had been handed down to her over many generations.  She said that the outpouring of concern and compassion and the many offers of help were a heart-warming reminder of what Christmas is really all about.  She's unbelievable, isn't she?  Thanks, Annette for your indominatable spirit.

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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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.

A furniture gift certificate can be in almost any amount, large or small.  It’s a practical gift that lets your loved one choose from any of our fine handcrafted, eco-friendly furniture collections, or allows them the opportunity to work directly with an artisan to design a unique, custom, ultra luxury gift they will cherish forever.

So what are you waiting for?  This is one gift you can cross off your list today!

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.