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Our beautiful fine furniture and Vermont made home decor showroom is open 9-6 on Saturday and 12-5 on Sunday. If you’ve been dreaming about making the trip to visit us and see our Vermont handcrafted furniture up close, we’d love to have you here this weekend! The weather in Vermont is supposed to be great, the showroom is full of great furniture pieces, and we’re sure it’ll be worth the trip.

Bring a picnic lunch and walk around our 100+ acre property. Enjoy the natural beauty of the trees while you shop for wood furniture that comes from well managed forests just like the one in our backyard!

To see what furniture we have available ahead of time, check out our selection of ‘showroom furniture.’

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.

Independence Day Furniture Sales

Searching for Independence Day Furniture Sales this year?

As a company that prides itself on exclusively USA Made fine furniture, we’re beyond excited to celebrate Independence Day with enormous savings on our handcrafted fine furniture. Enjoy time spent with your family and friends instead of traveling to find great deals this Independence day, because you’ll find them here for an entire week and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your house! From July 1st-July 7th, most collections are on sale for 20% off store-wide* plus free shipping! As always, our wood furniture is built with the quality and integrity that built Vermont’s 250+ year reputation as the fine furniture capitol of the United States. Rest assured that your new wood furniture will last for generations to come, backed by a lifetime guarantee.

So what’s on Sale?

From July 1st to July 7th, our entire store is on sale besides our Copeland, Polywood, Artisan, Barnwood and Clearance collections. You have the great opportunity to save 20% on:

Bedroom Furniture- Handmade, natural solid cherry wood bedroom furniture sets help create a feeling of serenity and relaxation. All of our USA made, real solid wood bedroom furniture pieces are individually handcrafted in Vermont by skilled furniture makers.  This high quality hardwood bedroom furniture can be customized online in solid cherrywalnutmaple or oak woods.  Many 2 tone combinations of these hardwoods are also available for your bedroom set.

Dining Room Furniture- Entertain your guests in a luxurious setting with elegant, American-made dining furniture, built to order right here in Vermont. Our high-end dining room and kitchen furniture is handmade from real solid wood. Select traditional Shaker-style furniture, Mission or Craftsman-style furniture, or modern, contemporary furnishings, made from your choice of natural solid cherry, maple, oak or walnut hardwoods.

Home Office Furniture- Be more productive in an organized home office workspace designed especially to meet your needs.

Find handcrafted real cherry, professional office furniture and high quality, solid maple, walnut and oak wood home office furniture. Our 100% American-made collections will add luxury and functionality to your workplace.

Work will be more enjoyable with our natural wood vertical office centers, executive desks, bookcases, computer armoires, conference tables, file cabinets and office storage units. Any of our home office furniture pieces can be customized to fit your space. Choose real solid Cherry Walnut, Maple, or Oak woods. Build the office of your dreams!

Living Room Furniture- Enhance the beauty and functionality of your living room with our natural, real solid wood furniture, handmade in Vermont from sustainably-harvested woods. High-end home entertainment centers, tables and matching bookcases provide sophisticated and compact storage for all your home media equipment.

Solid wood accent tables and occasional tables, skillfully crafted of beautiful, natural cherry hardwood in contemporary and traditional styles, complete your living room furnishings. All of our high end furniture can be customized to fit your spaces, usually at no extra cost!

 All of our furniture is traditionally handcrafted in the United States by highly skilled craftspeople, and is available in Cherry, Walnut, Maple and Oak. Our 4th of July furniture sale is one of our best and biggest sales of the year, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to save on those pieces you’ve been daydreaming about.

*Excludes Copeland, Polywood, and Artisan pieces.

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.

Copyright Protection Is a Good Thing

My company, Vermont Woods Studios works with Vermont craftspeople to market and sell their furniture online and at Stonehurst, our new gallery and showroom in Vernon, VT. We put a lot of time and resources into creating our fine furniture website. It’s where we publish original photos, artwork, opinions and ideas. On the bottom of every page is a note indicating that all of our content is copyrighted (© 2013 Vermont Woods Studios – All rights reserved). Still, we do find content gets taken or imitated by competitors from time to time (here’s an example). It’s frustrating. That’s one reason we are careful to avoid violating someone else’s copyright. So I was pretty unsettled when…

Saturday the Windham County Sheriff Came to My House & Served me a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Here’s why I’m being sued: In July, 2010 a student who was working with us wrote a blog post about the fact that we had just delivered a handmade cherry dining set to a customer in Hawaii. We were excited to see our company growing and placing Vermont made products so far away from home! A customer photo of the furniture was included in the post along with a small photo (not much bigger than a postage stamp) of Hawaii.

It turns out the Hawaii photo was taken by Vincent K Tylor VKT. It was obtained from one of hundreds of websites that advertise it as a free photo download. There was no copyright information on it but it was invisibly tagged (see ExtortionLetterInfo ELI blogELI discussion and VKT email chain) by VKT.

VKT Demand Letter #1 Arrives in May, 2012

On May 5, 2012 I received a letter from Carolyn Wright and Cindy Hsu at PhotoAttorney.com demanding $9500 for use of the photo. If I refused to pay up within 10 days, they said VKT might sue me for $150,000. I immediately took the photo down and called VKT. He refused to talk to me, insisting that all correspondence go through PhotoAttorney.com. I called and emailed PhotoAttorney.com several times trying to reach a fair settlement. We negotiated for months and eventually they went away.

VKT Demand Letter #2 Arrives in April, 2014

Next time I heard from VKT was several weeks ago April 25, 2014. I received a letter from Woolf Gafni & Fowler attorneys demanding $12,000 as their “final offer”. The letter contained inaccuracies. I responded via email the same day by telling the sender (Adam Gafni) I intended to file a complaint about him to Vermont’s Attorney General’s office. I then called Adam, discussed the facts and explained that we are a small company that cannot afford a $12,000 fee nor did I think it appropriate. I asked him to drop the lawsuit. He told me to make him an offer to settle and I said I’d been advised not to settle. At that point, he accused me of extortion, said “see you in court – have a nice day – click!” VKT filed a $150,000 lawsuit shortly thereafter.  Now it appears he’s going for $600,000.

Incredibly, in the lawsuit VKT requests leave of court to amend the complaint so he can also sue unknown John Does who may have read the blog post and entered into a “conspiracy” to profit from the image.  He filed the lawsuit in CA which is home to Typepad (the blog software we were using) citing that “critical evidence pertaining to who, when and in what quantity the image was viewed and downloaded is located” in CA.  I guess that means he wants to subpoena Typepad for records identifying who has read this blog post.  Then he wants to investigate them for conspiracy.

How Many Others Have Received Similar Demands?

  • Google “vincent k tylor”
  • A reverse image search of the photo (“hanauma bay”) shows about 788 sites that offer free downloads of it, such as:
  • Aloha Plastic Surgery received a demand letter and they counter sued.  Although the results of the lawsuit are confidential, word on the street is they were happy with the outcome.

What’s Next for Vermont Woods Studios?

Unfortunately I guess we’re going to court– the last thing on earth any small business can afford to do. But hopefully we won’t be battling it alone. An article by Timothy B Lee in the Washington Post, How Vermont could save the nation from patent trolls tells of how Vermont has emerged as a “hotbed of anti-troll activism”. It seems our Attorney General (William Sorrell) has teemed up with our governor, senators and legislators to enact legislation to protect our citizens and businesses from trolls who use extortion as a business model.  I’ll be appealing to all of them for help in fighting trolls.  I hope common sense will prevail but you never know. The whole situation is scary.

How You Can Avoid Copyright Issues

If you download anything from the Internet, publish online or even use social media (a blog, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook) read this article for tips and advice on How to Avoid Falling Prey to Copyright Trolls.

Support Groups

If it’s too late and you’ve already been unfairly accused of copyright infringement, don’t panic. It can happen to anyone and you are not alone. There is great camaraderie among victims and their advocates. Contact your senators, congresspeople and attorney general and ask for their help.  Contact an attorney (asap) who specializes in fighting copyright trolls.  I recommend Oscar Michelen.  Also check out these grass roots communities for detailed news and information:

Need to Learn More?

What Do You Think?

Have any thoughts or advice? Or a similar experience to share? Please comment in the section below or email me at Peggy@VermontWoodsStudios.com.

Follow up post on July 15, 2014.


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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Well, not exactly. But getting emails from companies you care about can be a fun and rewarding way to engage with and get to know the brand (plus a bunch of other great bonuses). At Vermont Woods Studios, we send out emails each week with sales information, product launches, exclusive deals, and more! If you scroll to the bottom of any page on our website (even this one) you’ll see a space for you to enter your email and subscribe. If you want to be the first to know about our upcoming sales, clearance items, new furniture collections, discontinued pieces, showroom events, and other fun stuff; we’d love for you to join our email list! No worries, we won’t spam you & we’ll never share your information with third parties. Our newsletter is simply a way for us to communicate with our friends and fans easily and conveniently. Consider us your fine furniture e-penpal.

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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.

This weekend marks the official 2014 Spring Open Studio Weekend in Vermont! This is a very special weekend where artists around the state open their studios to the public. Southern Vermont is home to some incredibly talented artists, so if you’re planning your Memorial Day trip to Vermont– this is a destination that cannot be missed. I’d suggest watching the video above to see just how unique this open studio weekend is, as further explained by the Vermont Crafts Council in this heartfelt statement:

“Most Vermont craftspeople work in studios located in or close to their residences. These are places of production and inspiration located in downtowns as well as at the ends of dirt roads. Wherever their locations, they are exciting places to visit because they reflect the dynamic yet organized process that is used to produce the finished work of art.

The studio itself is enormously informative because you can see at a glance how the artist works. You see the swatches that have not been chosen for the quilt or the work that is experimental or not serious enough for the gallery. Buying or ordering work during an Open Studio sale is a unique experience because you have the opportunity to speak to the artist directly.”

While you’re on your studio tour of Southern Vermont, we’d love to invite you to visit us as well. Our showroom is home to a handful of one of a kind artisan furniture designs from world class craftsmen from around Vermont. Their furniture designs are true works of art, and are never replicated. Our friendly staff will be here all weekend to welcome guests & answer any questions about these unique artisan pieces.

If you’d like more information about Spring Open Studio Weekend, visit the Vermont Crafts Council website.

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.