The weather is getting warmer and Stonehurst is looking fuller and better than ever. We have a great selection of hardwood furniture pieces for you to browse, either to buy or just to get a look at the beautiful artisan quality of our furniture. We invite you to visit our showroom, explore the property and just enjoy yourself!
Our favorite part about wood furniture is that it reflects nature, and our showroom does just the same. On 100+ acres of woodlands you can bring your pet, walk the trails, and explore the Vermont forests that inspire our handcrafted furniture.
Because Stonehurst is in such a remote location, and we understand that each of our visitors takes time out of their day to come see our property and our furniture, we are offering one free mini cutting board to anyone who visits Stonehurst, no purchase necessary.
Is a visit to Stonehurst on your agenda this spring? Stop on by Monday through Saturday 9-6, Sunday 12-5, or by appointment! We look forward to meeting you!
Ken and I founded Vermont Woods Studios fine furniture store almost nine years ago. As a woodworker, Ken’s interest was in earning a living by promoting the tradition of high quality Vermont made wood furniture. For me, the project was about forest conservation and my desire to help protect forest habitat and wildlife for future generations*. Over the years it’s been a challenge managing this yin-yang pair of objectives but I think we’ve been able to maintain a pretty good balance.
Stonehurst Opens Up New Opportunities for Forest Conservation
This year we have a chance to bring a whole new dimension to our forest conservation mission through our newly acquired property at Stonehurst. The farmhouse we purchased and renovated into a Vermont made furniture gallery sits on 100 wooded acres in the foothills of the Green Mountain National Forest. In the past our environmental mission was largely fulfilled by donating to like-minded non-profits**, but now we can also also partner with them by providing forest habitat for various conservation projects.
Below are a few conservation activities we’re supporting for 2014:
Woodlands for Wildlife – Vermont Coverts educates landowners in sound forest management practices and the principles of stewardship for the enhancement of wildlife. Ken and I are attending their 3-day seminar on forest and wildlife management this spring to learn how to improve wildlife habitat and provide better conditions for native deer, turkeys, moose, bear, birds, bob cats, chipmunks, squirrels and other species that may be living at Stonehurst.
MonarchWatch - When Kendall and Riley were in elementary school we used to capture monarch caterpillars, watch their metamorphosis and tag the butterflies before waving them off on their epic migration to Mexico every fall. But for the past several years I haven’t seen even a single monarch. So this year we’ll support Chip Taylor at MonarchWatch by planting butterfly gardens (including milkweed) and encouraging others to do the same.
Vermont Center for Eco Studies- VCE is a group of Vermont’s foremost conservation scientists who inspire citizen volunteers across Vermont and around the world. We’ve been supporting them for years and are excited about being able to use Stonehurst as a place to gather data for their many programs including:
Vernal pool mapping
VT reptile and amphibian atlas
VT breeding bird survey
Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center – BEEC’s annual Salamander Soiree is this Saturday April 5th from 6-8:30pm in Brattleboro at the River Garden on Main Street. We’ll be there to help recruit crossing guards for this year’s annual amphibian migration.
If you’re in our neighborhood and share similar interests, please stop by Stonehurst, give us a call or connect with us on Facebook. Let us know what you’re working on and how we can help. As the southern most corner of Vermont, Vernon can play a significant role in our state’s conservation efforts. Let’s make it happen!
* We are losing the worlds forests at a rate of > 1 acre/second. A major factor in deforestation is widespread illegal logging for timber that’s used to make cheap furniture sold by IKEA, Home Depot and other big-box stores. Our goal at Vermont Woods Studios is to help raise awareness about where your furniture comes from and persuade people to buy sustainable furniture made from legally harvested wood.
** The non-profits we’ve supported include the World Wildlife Fund WWF, The Nature Conservancy TNC, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center BEEC, Vermont Center for Ecostudies VCE and others working to conserve forests and wildlife.
With the start of spring just behind us, we’re excited to reveal some “spring cleaning” of our own!
Here are some great changes you’ll find at the newest Vermont Furniture Store in SoVT:
New Mobile-Friendly Website
We’ve refreshed our old website with a new design, more detailed content, an easier-to-navigate layout, and a mobile-friendly platform! Now it is easier than ever to browse through our collections of Vermont made fine furniture from your tablet or mobile phone. Our web wizards, Neville & Martin, have been hard at work for months re-touching our website to make it faster and more usable, so we hope you like the great changes they’ve made! Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming blog explaining the upgrades more closely!
New Showroom Hours at Stonehurst
Our beautiful Vermont furniture store & decor showroom has gotten a lot of foot traffic in the last few months! Customers have traveled from all around the Northeast to get a look at our handcrafted fine furniture and the unique showroom it’s displayed in. The feedback has been so great that we’ve decided to stay open for longer hours, seven days a week! You can now visit Stonehurst Monday-Saturday from 9am-6pm, and on Sunday from 12pm-5pm! Our showroom is full of great furniture pieces, decor, and Vermont made lighting– we’d love for you to visit us!
If you’d like to see what we have at the showroom before you arrive, feel free to check out our inventory of showroom furniture items.
Introducing Laura Zindel Dishware at Stonehurst & Our Online Store
Since 1997 Laura Zindel has been creating these functional and durable pieces of artwork using a method inspired by both the Arts and Crafts Movement of the early 20th century and the “Cabinets of Curiosities” encyclopedic collections of the Victorian era. These unique Laura Zindel pieces are a beautiful accessory to our fine furniture as they live up to the handcrafted quality that Vermont artistry is known for. You can find Laura Zindel’s work both online and at Stonehurst.
Introducing Hubbardton Forge Lighting at Stonehurst
Our luxury Vermont furniture and decor showroom is fuller than ever, and we are beyond excited to reveal that we are now carrying a selection of beautiful handcrafted Hubbardton Forge lighting pieces! Hubbardton Forge lighting is heirloom quality, making it the perfect accent to our handcrafted fine furniture. Hubbardton Forge takes great pride in the products they create, and only produces pieces that achieve the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. We hope that you’ll take the time to visit us and see these incredible works of art up close!
Edit: 7/10/14- We have another major Vermont brand available at Vermont Woods Studios! We now carry Simon Pearce Handblown Glass.
Whew! Well that’s just about it for now. Are you as excited about the changes as we are? We hope so! To keep up with us and all of our new products, sales, and showroom news, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter!
Our Vermont furniture showroom, Stonehurst, has a lot of interesting history. Besides it’s own history as a former girls boarding house, farm house, and lost ski resort–Stonehurst is also unique in it’s details. We used re-purposed and reclaimed materials as much as we could during the renovation, resulting in a space that is imperfectly beautiful and charming. This stained glass window is an example of just that. Given to us by Peggy’s friend Annette, this window has a great story.
St. Patrick Parish in Jaffrey, NH is set in the foothills of Mt. Monadnock. It’s a picturesque stone Catholic church built with farmers field-stones at the turn of the century, and still stands today. This stained glass window and three others were removed from St Patrick’s churchback in the days when the Catholic Church was modernizing and updating their decor. Annette’s father happened to drive by and saw the windows in a dumpster, and got permission to salvage them.
6 years ago on Christmas eve Annette’s 1814 farmhouse burned down, and this window was one of the few things that she was able to save. Eventually, she gifted it to Stonehurst and we were ecstatic to make this historic piece a part of our showroom.
This antique handcrafted stained glass window currently sits in our public restroom at Stonehurst. Seems like a funny spot to keep such a special window, but visitors to Stonehurst agree, it’s a great fit for this artistic glass work!
We’d love to invite you to Stonehurst to get a glimpse of this lovely window yourself! Plus, many other little decor details that make Stonehurst much more than just a furniture showroom.
For all you Pine Top alumni out there, here is a fun email I received from Sally Byrnes Magin who shares her memories of skiing here in the 1950s:
By chance, when googling “Pine Top” for sentimental reasons, I came across the Vermont Woods Studios and Stonehurst website. After spending many winter vacations as a child at Pine Top, I was so excited to see that you are keeping the memories alive! My family and our friends, from northern NJ, spent almost every President’s Week in February (from about 1950 until 1958) at Pine Top, learning to ski and having a wonderful time together. In fact, one of the trails that led from the top of the “Tobey” rope tow was named “Stoddard Run” after our friends the Stoddard family.
Eventually, as our skiing skills improved, we branched out to other Vermont ski areas. It was a magical time spent with Elsie and Romey (Racine), Laddie their dog, the kitchen staff, and the local ski instructors at Pine Top. Our group took over the entire house for a week, and expanded into the “new annex” when it was built.
Some memories that I have of Pine Top are: skiing down the Pelley and Tobey slopes, struggling with those rope tows, the Tiny Tot hill, eating “sugar on snow” in the old warming hut, being excited when the “new” warning hut was built, visiting the farm and cows up the road, the bell that signaled breakfast and dinner, playing board games in front of the fireplace at night, going into Brattleboro to see ski jumping competitions, and how cold the rooms upstairs were in the mornings before the heat came up through the grates. Also, walking back from the warming hut on a cold Vermont night with every star in the sky visible.
I hope to visit Stonehurst some time in the future and perhaps walk around the property to revisit old memories. …..Sally Byrnes Magin Township of Washington, NJ
Well, thank you so much Sally for generously sharing your wonderful memories of skiing at Pine Top. We hope you’ll come up to visit us soon. I think you’ll enjoy the property and all the improvements we’ve made while transforming it into Stonehurst (a showcase for Vermont’s fine furniture and home decor).
Does anyone else out there have Pine Top memories to share? Send them along! We’ve got an online compilation of Pine Top stories and yours should be part of it.