We are excited to roll out our new and improved website! We’ve upgraded the design to be cleaner, easier to read, and more user friendly overall. The days of our minty green background are far behind us, and we are happy to give our customers the best possible experience with our website.
One of the biggest improvements is the look of our category pages. Header images are larger, giving you a better look at the quality and style of our pieces, and product images are larger too–creating a better shopping experience overall.
These changes are only the beginning of an ongoing project to tell our story and give you the most honest view at our company, our values, and our brand! Keep your eyes on the blog as we reveal more website transformations and upgrades! Until then, browse through our new website template and let us know what you think of it in the comments section! If you are interested, you can see what it used to look like here.
Autumn is an exciting season in Vermont! Travelers from all over the world journey here to see our maple trees all dressed up in their most vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange. What people don’t see is the behind the scenes activity of Vermont’s land-owners and forestry professionals that keeps Vermont’s woodlands healthy for future generations.
At Vermont Woods Studios our professional forester, Lynn Levine is the key person who helps us steward the 109 acres of woodland in our care. Lynn is an environmental educator, tracker and a consulting forester. She visited us yesterday to jump start a logging process that will thin out our woodlands, making healthier habitat for resident wildlife. While here, Lynn dropped off a couple copies of her new book on tracking mammals in Vermont:
Vermont is lucky to have many dedicated forestry professionals and land owners who are passionate about conserving our woodlands for future generations. It’s not an easy job, as unsustainable development is certainly tempting and lucrative in the short term.
So as you’re out enjoying the beautiful Fall colors of Vermont’s woodlands, keep in mind the connection between sustainable management of the forest and the wood products you may purchase. Wood furniture, flooring, firewood, dimensional lumber, wood pellets, paper and maple syrup are all products that rely on sustainable forest management. Support the efforts of Vermont’s sustainable forestry industry by asking vendors where your forest products come from and if they are certified as sustainable.
Hike for the Homeless to Benefit the Morningside Shelter!
Looking for an excuse to be outside this weekend enjoying Vermont’s beautiful Autumn weather? This Saturday, October 4 (rain date is Sunday) you can do just that while supporting a great cause! Our friends over at the Morningside Shelter in Brattleboro are hosting the 4th annual Hike for the Homeless on Mt. Wantastiquet in Hinsdale, NH. Registration starts at 9:30 am and 12 noon.
This Hike is held to raise money that will help to house the homeless in Brattleboro and surrounding communities during the coming winter. You can either hike to the summit of Mt. Wantastiquet or take a stroll along the Connecticut River Trail at the base of the mountain. Participants are encouraged to raise funds and walk as a team or individually. The suggested minimum for individuals is $50 and teams is $250. The foliage right now is spectacular, so whatever route you choose to take, you’ll be in for some outstanding views.
Morningside Shelter offers extended stay housing for up to 29 individuals and families. They also work with other organizations to provide services such as job placement, medical treatment, counseling, budget and nutrition management, education, childcare service, transition back into housing as tenants and more. The Morningside Shelter has been helping the homeless for over 30 years and is committed to serving the Brattleboro area.
As a furniture company, we believe that everyone deserves a place to stay and a bed to sleep in. We love the work that Morningside is doing and support the strides that they are making for the homeless community in the Brattleboro area.
Follow them on Facebook to read more about how you can help or visit their website to make a donation now.
|Today’s post is part 4 of a series on Vermont Woods Studios written by Vermont author, Peggy McKay Shinn. Peggy writes full-time and lives in Rutland, Vermont, with her husband, daughter, and one remaining cat. Visit her website and check out Peggy Shinn’s books, including Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont’s Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself. |
Smaller furniture makers like Dan Mosheim and Steve Holman are equally impressed with Farabaugh and her company.
They appreciate that Vermont Woods Studios has helped them with outreach. Most have their own websites but don’t have the time or resources to keep their names at the forefront of Internet searches. As Steve Holman points out, “Living in Vermont, almost all my market is elsewhere. Reaching that market has been an issue.” Holman is grateful to Farabaugh for her marketing efforts.
Chad Woodruff likes the two-way relationship he has with Vermont Woods Studios. He can ask Farabaugh to sell some of his furniture or she can ask him for a custom piece. The craftsmen are also happy that Vermont Woods Studios offers their furniture without any upfront cost.
“Peggy doesn’t charge me anything unless she sells something so, what the hey, I’ll let her have at it,” commented Dan Mosheim.
Holman is especially impressed with Stonehurst, which he first visited last fall when it opened. On a steep hill in Vernon, with a view of the Connecticut River, the 100-acre property has served many purposes, including as a ski area called Pinetop in the mid-20th century. Now, in the renovated barn, cherry and oak dining sets, maple side tables with walnut inlaid leaves, Shaker-style beds, walnut desks, and landscape paintings by local artists decorate three airy, bright rooms. Vermont Woods Studios staffers work in the attached restored farmhouse — on computer tables made by Ken Farabaugh. The property was restored in part with a Vermont Working Lands Initiative, which helped pay for the bluestone walkway, among other features.
Outside, customers can sit overlooking the hillside field/old ski slope with iPad (for shopping) in one hand, picnic lunch in the other. Or they can hike a forest trail that Farabaugh wants to turn into an interpretative walk about the Vermont woods. Inside, customers can touch the tables, sit in the chairs, measure the entertainment consoles, debate over style, and covet every piece of furniture on display.
“They made an effort to make it a destination, not just a place to sell furniture,” said Holman.
That statement perhaps best sums up the company’s real mission: that purchasing from Vermont Woods Studios is as much about experiencing Vermont and its culture of neighbor helping neighbor as it is about acquiring new furniture.
Meet Vermont’s Furniture Makers at The Premiere Forest to Table Event of the Year
Buy furniture at a big box store and what do you really know about it? Other than the country it was made in, the price, the materials…not much. Buy something made by one of Vermont’s furniture makers–like this wood and steel barnwood bench by Dan Mosheim — and you can find out practically everything about it including it’s inspiration, it’s personal significance, the meaning behind the shapes, the colors, the choice of materials, and so much more.
If the idea of getting to know your furniture and the people behind it appeals to you, then join us at the 11th annual Vermont Fine Furniture, Woodworking, and Forest Festival. This premiere forest to table event celebrates Vermont’s furniture makers and other influential members of the Vermont furniture industry. Attendees get the chance to see an exhibition of beautiful, handcrafted wood furniture and shake the hands of the people who make and sell it. Dozens of crafters from across the state will be bringing their best work to show the public!