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When I was a
kid, Santa always brought us pajamas and underwear for Christmas–all wrapped up
beautifully and placed under the tree.  There were a few other things, of
course, but I guess Mom and Dad wanted to get a little extra mileage out of the
necessities of life.  And we loved having the extra presents to unwrap.

Well, that
memory sort of led me to the idea of offering
Furniture Gift
Certificates
.  I mean–
furniture is a necessity too, and its one that’s an expensive investment.
Sometimes we don’t get around to it for years, possibly because we’re more
“obligated” to buy holiday gifts and such.  So why not increase our mileage when
buying furniture– and feed two birds with one seed, so to speak?  You can
buy a
furniture gift certificate for the amount of your choice
, have it wrapped up in a beautiful (complimentary) handcrafted,
inalid marquetry box, and FedEx’d to your doorstop in a matter of days.  You’ve
got something fabulous and exquisite under the tree and your recipient can apply
the gift certificate to any item we sell at Vermont Woods Studios at a later
date–
Lyndon Furniture, Luxury Custom Furniture, FSC Certified Outdoor
Furniture
or
Recycled, Reclaimed Barnwood Furniture.  No pressure.  No time constraints.  No fine print.

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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One of our customers mentioned that he would be calling next Friday to place his furniture order.  Do you know why?  It’s Black Friday…the biggest shopping day of the year.  I didn’t realize people would be shopping for furniture that day…I’m pleasantly surprised.  Why not…shop online and avoid the crowds?

I have a couple other suggestions if you’re wanting to shop in peace.  One is of course, to buy a  Furniture Gift Certificate from Vermont Woods Studios.  That way, you can have a beautiful gift box under the tree, and your recipient can take their time picking out their furniture whenever it’s convenient.  More on that later.

But what I really had in mind was a gift from Heifer International.  Have you heard of Heifer?  Similar to the World Wildlife Fund’s Endangered Species Adoption Certificate Program, the Heifer gift program lets you give the gift of life.  Children and families all over the world who are suffering from poverty, war and starvation benefit from this program.  Heifer started 60 years ago as an effort to end world hunger by helping people obtain a sustainable source of food and income.  The idea is to give a family a heifer and teach them how to care for it and make it a part of their family and their livlihood. The program has been widely acclaimed and has achieved wonderful success.  Now you can give heifers, goats, chickens and all sorts of other animals to help families make a living…and do that in the name of your friends and family.  Heifer will send you a beautiful card and donation certificate that you can give as a gift.  Check it out.  Giving the gift of life will make you feel so much better than giving another tie or pair of slippers.  And your gift recipients will be touched by your thoughtfulness.  Did you know that 55% of the people on this earth are suffering from hunger…getting nothing more than a  small bit of rice and water to eat every day?  Hard to imagine, isn’t it?  But it’s true.  You can help.

At Vermont Woods Studios, we will donate a portion of the proceeds of each sale during this holiday season to Heifer International to support their war against hunger.

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.

As Thanksgiving draws near, we at Vermont Woods Studios pause to reflect and realize how much progress our small community of nature lovers has made towards conserving one of the world's greatest resources, its forests.  True, after just two years in business we are still in our infancy, but we are hard at work everyday introducing our customers to furniture options that are not only sustainable, but also incredibly beautiful, handcrafted, durably designed for generations to come and competitively priced.  We wish to thank each and every one of you who has purchased our furniture, read our blog or just visited our site.  You are the heart of our business and together we are making a difference.  In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  Thanks!

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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The other day a customer contacted us about a custom bed.  She had seen a similar style in the movie When Harry Met Sally many years ago and has had it on her mind ever since.  What a great excuse for me to watch an old movie!  I stopped by Blockbuster and rented the movie …what a cool bed design!  I contacted Dan Mosheim, a wonderful custom furniture maker, who has made similar beds and asked him to watch the movie too, and get back to our customer with ideas. 

Dan shared with me a photo of a desk that he built, based on the movie Ruthless People, with Bette Midler and Danny DeVito. Pretty interesting isn’t it?

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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Last week
while I was at the Providence Fine Furnishing Show I was lucky enough to meet
Brian Boggs and Scott Landis of GreenWood/Madera Verde. Both gentlemen were
instrumental in establishing a community-based sustainable forestry initiative
in Latin America whose mission is to increase the value of the forest to its
inhabitants through appropriate woodworking technology. As with our project with
LaChonta in Bolivia, the GreenWood affiliated forest dwellers are able to earn
more by managing their forest than they would make from conventional agriculture
or destructive logging.  Since GreenWood’s inception in 1993, It has trained
more than 40 artisans, adding to the forest economy of more than five different
communities. Employing mainly handtools and lesser known wood species, these
artisans have produced a wide range of furniture, craft products and boat and
guitar parts.  I spoke to Brian and Scott about importing some of these products to make available to our customers, but GreenWood is not yet able to accomodate our needs.  Perhaps in the future.

We commend
Brian and Scott and thank them for their hard work and impressive results.  And
BRAVO, Brian for winning Best in Show for an individual piece at Providence! 
And BRAVO Scott for your
excellent books on woodworking.  Best of luck with GreenWood.

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.