At Vermont Woods Studios our fundamental mission, as wooden furniture makers is to help steward the earth's forests. Did you know that worldwide, forest destruction generates more greenhouse gas emissions each year than do all the trains, planes and cars on the planet (ref:The Rainforest Foundation)?  Fully 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions are caused by forest destruction each year. 

Here's something you can do to help save the rainforest and fight global warming. Don't buy tropical rainforest woods unless they are certified green by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC (FSC is an independent third party certifier and is considered the gold seal of approval for responsibly harvested wood).  Tropical woods are those like Brazilian cherry, teak and mahogany and they are most commonly used in outdoor furniture, luxury high-end indoor furniture, architectural moldings and flooring.  Think twice before you purchase that exotic flooring from Lumber Liquidators!  Buy furniture and flooring that is crafted of local, sustainably-harvested woods, like cherry, maple, oak and walnut instead and you will be doing your part to help stop global climate change.

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.

I wish I meant me, but alas it's our Vermont Woods Studios furniture that is traveling to Greece.  A customer, Melissa S. called last week in a bit of panic.  She was moving to the Greek Isles in 6 weeks and needed help in getting luxury furnishings for her new home.   She had had a disastrous experience with Direct Buy and was desperate to make up for lost time.  She was shopping for a high-end, solid wood dining room set.  She was excited when she found our website but was worried about the time.  Typically it takes us 6-10 weeks to build handcrafted furniture. 

Fortunately, we have a couple different options for this type of situation.  I suggested that Melissa leave the rushing to us, while she relaxed by the pool.    We have the following RUSH options to get our beautiful handcrafted furniture order to you very quickly:

  • The first option is our FAST Build program where you can order from about 25-30 of our most popular items.  Since we're making these items often, we can complete them within 2 weeks of order processing.  There is no extra charge for FAST Ship items and in fact, they are often on sale.
  • The second option is our RUSH 10-15 program.  Any standard (non-custom) furniture item can be crafted within 10 working days of order processing for an upcharge of 15%.
  • The third option is our RUSH 25-10 program where any standard (non-custom) furniture item can be crafted within 25 working days of order processing for an upcharge of 10%.

Melissa chose the RUSH 10-15 program and also decided to go with our FREE EXPRESS shipping service which takes only 2-10 days for shipping and delivery.  She'll have her order within about 3 weeks of order processing, which I think, is about as good as it gets for handcrafted, sustainable furniture, made to order in the USA. 

We wish Melissa all the best during her move and subsequent stay in Greece.  If you need additional furniture while there, I may just have to deliver it personally!

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.

On Wednesday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  This is a long overdue but important step, not only in protecting the world’s most charismatic animals who risk extinction, but also in fighting global warming.  Scientists estimate that fully 20% of global warming is due to deforestation.  And a significant portion of that deforestation results from illegal harvesting of the rainforest to produce cheap lumber for flooring and furniture.  Read more about it in the Washington Post.  The bottom line is that if you are purchasing teak, mahogany or any other tropical wood furniture or flooring and it’s not FSC certified, there is a very high likelihood that it has been illegally harvested through clear-cutting of the rainforest.

High_end_solid_cherry_sleigh_bed Vermont Woods Studios was founded on the principle of sustainable forestry and the promotion of forest stewardship around the world.  We use locally harvested wood for our natural, handcrafted furniture whenever possible.  When customers ask for tropical rainforest woods like mahogany or teak, we make sure we purchase only sustainably harvested wood that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, the world’s gold standard for sustainable forestry.  Our goal is to ensure that both our furniture and the forests it came from will be around for generations to come.

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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We received an interesting request for proposal this week, on our commercial side (that’s also me ;).  Alda Naha of Purchasing Management International, a purchaser for hotel, resort and casino furnishing worldwide, had seen our sustainable furniture at a resort, Stowe Mountain Lodge, in Stowe Vermont and was interested in receiving a bid to furnish a couple areas of a new Ritz Carlton in Tuscon, AZ.

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Alda was looking for a large conference table that measured 5′ wide  x14′ long for a Board Room and a similar large dining table for the Wine room.

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The project was a terrific match for Vermont Woods Studios since our artisans are often working on massive tables like this for hotels, colleges, and government offices all around the Northeast.  We have not made our way out West much, however, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to bid.  The designer who was working on spec’ing the project had guayubira wood in mind for the project, but since that is a rare and endangered wood, we proposed to use either reclaimed chestnut or walnut.  We are hoping PMI will consider this green alternative for the present project and also keep us in mind for future eco-friendly, luxury furniture needs.

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.

What are you doing for Earth Day?  If you're stuck inside at a desk, like I am at the moment, there are still loads of things you can do to help.   Check out World Wildlife Fund's Take Action Now page.  This is one of many great websites that initiate online petitions to get lawmakers around the globe to listen to our voices for conservation.  I just signed the following petitions and it took just a few minutes:

 
Stop Imports of Illegal Wood

Protect Sumatran tigers and many other species that depend on forest habitat around the globe by urging your representative to support legislation to combat illegal logging.

 
One of World's Largest Fisheries at Risk

Tell Congress to protect Bristol Bay in Alaska from offshore oil and gas drilling.

 
Protect Threatened Species and Tropical Forests

Urge Congress to speak out for U.S. funding that protects nature in developing countries.

 
Push for an Ocean Protection Treaty

Urge your senators to support U.S. ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty.

 
Protect Endangered Species From the Impacts of Coal Mining

Urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop ignoring the impacts of coal mining on our nation’s threatened and endangered wildlife, particularly aquatic creatures living in the biologically rich rivers and streams of the Southeastern United States.

 
Help Lions, Snow Leopards and More

Urge Congress to help imperiled wildlife by passing the Great Cats and Rare Canids Act.

Go check it out and give it a try. Here's another online activist site I love, Forests.org.  There you can help in their current efforts to preserve wilderness in Patagonia.  We hope you will join us at Vermont Woods Studios in our ongoing mission to save the forests and the animals and people who live there.  Happy Earth Day!

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.