Today the congressional bipartisan Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests issued its report highlighting the fact that we cannot win the battle against climate change without protecting the world's forests.  Hmmm.. seems like what we've been saying right here for YEARS.

Read more about it in the commission's report.

Here are a few frightening facts we've put out before that were reiterated by the Commission:

  • 17% of all carbon emissions released into the atmosphere are a result of destruction of the world's forests
  • 50,000 square miles of forest, an area larger than the state of Pennsylvania disappear every year due to forest devastation.

Can you believe that?  How many Pennsylvanias do we have to spare?

As wood furniture makers, we feel responsibility in the area of forest stewardship.  We are contacting our representatives in congress to urge them to read, understand and take action on the findings of the Commission's report.  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.

If you haven't been able to watch Ken Burn's new film on America's National Parks, it's not too late.  This is a six episode series and every nature lover will want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, interesting history and urgent call to action that Burns presents.  At Vermont Woods Studios being a wood furniture maker, we're particularly interested in the issues of sustainable forestry in the national parks. 

One of our favorite national parks mentioned in this film series is Sequoia National Forest.  Sequoias are the largest trees ever to inhabit the earth, growing to heights of 300 feet and diameters of 30 feet! Their ages commonly range from 2,000 to 3,000 years.  Some were 1000 years old during the time of Christ! 

Although once widespread, giant sequoias now occur only in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California.   If you have literally 2 minutes to spare, you can take action to protect the Giant Sequoias and other ancient forest in America.  Visit Save America's Forests, click on Instant Letter and in 2 minutes or less you can send a letter to your representatives in Congress asking them to stop destructive forms of logging, such as clearcutting, and to protect ecologically important forest areas such as Ancient forests and roadless forests.

Then pat yourself on the back for doing an awesome job in protecting the environment and fighting global warming!

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.

New-walnut-bed We have a natural, organic walnut bed to add to our Vermont Woods Studios Jim Andrews Collection. This was a special design requested by a customer, but we liked it so much, we've decided to offer it as part of our Jim Andrews Collection.  The bed features elegant curves in the posts and complimentary curves in the headboard and footboard.  It's shown here in natural walnut, but can be made in natural cherry, maple or oak as well. 

Have you ever thought of designing your own furniture?  Maybe you have an existing piece or set you would like to supplement.  Or perhaps you have an odd shaped space you need to fit your furniture into.  Or maybe you love the look of one of our natural cherry tables, but the dimensions need to be changed.  Or you're looking for a different wood.

Custom and customized furniture are our specialty at Vermont Woods Studios.  Each piece of our furniture is made to order and can be easily and affordably customized to meet your needs.  Why not give us a call today?  1-888-390-5571.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

If you're interested in natural, eco-friendly furniture I bet maybe you'd be interested in finding other ways to help the environment. 

Everyone is busy and it's impossible to find time to do all the things you'd like to to help save the planet, but the The Conservation Action Network is here to help. 

It's an electronic advocacy network that provides concise information on urgent environmental issues such as endangered species, global warming, forest protection and fisheries conservation.  

With a quick click of your mouse, it's cutting edge information technology enables you to send a message to the "powers that be" (for example the president, members of Congress, state legislators, newspaper editors, corporations, foreign government leaders, and international agencies) asking them to take immediate action to protect the environment.  

Give  The Conservation Action Network  a try! It's a free and easy way for you have a say in the future of the planet.

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.

Vermont Woods Studios 15% for the Forest Initiative
as published on E-wire, April 16, 2009

VERNON, VERMONT, Apr. 16 — Vermont Woods Studios, a group of fine furniture makers in Vermont, is giving back to the forest that supplies the wood for their craft.


From Earth Day on April 22 until the Summer Solstice on June 21, the company will sponsor it's 15% For The Forest initiative, where 15% of the profits from each sale will be donated to charitable organizations working to protect the forest environment.

"We depend on sustainable forests for our livelihood, and therefore, conservation is a fundamental part of our business," says furniture maker and co-owner, Ken Farabaugh.  "As stewards of the forest, we must try to counter-balance the threats of over-development, acid rain and climate change. If our forests are not sustainable, then our wood furniture business will not be sustainable either."


Organizations receiving donations all have a long history of success in forest conservation. "We're always excited to partner with them," Farabaugh states. "We've even named some of our furniture lines after their leadership.  For example, our Jim Andrews Natural Cherry Furniture Collection is named for the champion of the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas project, and the Roz Renfrew Shaker Furniture Collection is named for a Vermont Center for Ecostudies scientist who studies Vermont's migrating birds."


Vermont-Made-Shaker-China-Cabinet  A look at the Vermont Woods Studios website reveals many styles of natural, solid hardwood furniture, all handmade in Vermont from sustainably harvested and reclaimed wood. "We offer Shaker, mission, craftsman, modern and transitional styles in price ranges from affordable to ultra luxury," notes Farabaugh.


"Each piece is made to order and because of that, we do a lot of customization. If for example, someone wants a chest made a bit narrower to fit between two windows, or a table a little bit longer to accommodate extra guests, we can customize that affordably."


 Many times customizations are done at no extra charge which has helped to create a growing trend of people who are discovering the affordable luxury of customized, American-made furniture.


Vermont-made-shaker-moon-bed "Why not get exactly what you want," asks Farabaugh. "After all, when you buy furniture from us, it's got a lifetime guarantee. Your furniture will be around for generations to come, and you'll want it to be just right."

 

For more details call us at 888-390-5571.

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.