Stonehurst: A Sustainable Furniture Store with a Green Mission
Our sustainable furniture showroom at Stonehurst sits on a 100 acre wooded parcel in Vernon, Vermont.  This is the view out our back windows– also a place for weekly meetings (weather permitting) and a backdrop for forest conservation projects.

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.

Join Us!

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.

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 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.

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

Vermont Furniture Store

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

Vermont Furniture 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

Vermont Furniture Store

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. 

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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!

 

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.

Stained Glass Window from St. Patricks Church
This Stained Glass Window, handcrafted in the 1800′s for St Patrick’s Church in Jaffrey NH, was donated to our Stonehurst Gallery by Annette Roydon.

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 Patricks Church
St. Patrick’s Church, the original home of our prized stained glass window.

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 church back 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.

Happy St.Patricks 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.|

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.

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:

Pine Top Ski Area | Memories from Sally
Memories of Pine Top from Sally Byrnes Magin:  I love the pictures of the ladies sitting on the front porch and the one of Laddie, Elsie and Romey’s dog.

Dear Peggy,

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.

Memories of Pine Top | Now Stonehurst Fine Furniture Gallery
The kids always ate first, and I guess we were celebrating someone’s birthday at dinner.   I must have been sitting at the other end of the dining room table (so am not in the picture).

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

Sally Byrnes Magin | Memories of Skiing at Pine Top
Here’s a picture of me in early 1950′s ski gear, lace up boots, and cable bindings. Those were the days!  By the way, one of those ski instructor’s last name may have been “Herbert”…he taught us all how to ski, and I am still going strong at age 70! … Sally Byrnes Magin

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.

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 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.

Over the years, I’ve lived and worked in New Orleans a couple times.  So when Mardi Gras rolls around its always fun to celebrate and reminisce about the Big Easy.  This year is especially exciting because we have five original New Orleans jazz paintings featured in our gallery at Stonehurst.  They are the creations of Linda Eaton Marcille, an award winning artist from Westminster, Vermont whose work hangs in public and private collections, across the country and internationally.

Who is this female jazz singer performing with a quintet?  Ella?  Sarah?  Nina?
Ella Fitzgerald? Sarah Vaughan? Nina Simone? Who is this female jazz singer performing with a quintet?  Original silk jazz paintings by Linda Marcille, available at Stonehurst.

Linda’s jazz paintings are on silk, a medium that few artists will attempt.  If you’re a jazz lover or an art collector, stop by and see them at Stonehurst!  They are truly world class art.

About Silk Painting

Even at the hands of a master, silk paintings can take months to complete. The images are created with French steam set dyes that shimmer on this charmeuse silk.  The jewelry in each painting is created with a metallic resist called gutta that sparkles like real gold.

Jazz trumpeter:  Miles Davis?  Dizzie Gillespie?  Original silk painting by Linda Marcille.
Miles Davis? Dizzie Gillespie?  Come see who’s in these jazz paintings by Linda Marcille.

“Silk painting is an ancient Asian art form and it is very unique and mysterious. The silk itself is seemingly so fragile yet it is one of the strongest fibers in nature. There is also a serendipitous quality to painting on silk with dyes. The process never allows the artist to be fully in control or to know exactly the effect that will be created.  “Painting on silk is an incredibly time-consuming and unforgiving medium. Just one drop of misplaced dye, or a broken resist line, and days of painstaking work are ruined. As challenging as painting on silk is, however, it is also one of the most rewarding art forms because the dyes take on the silk’s iridescent sheen producing an awe-inspiring range of reflective color that no other medium is capable of creating,”     Linda Marcille

Original silk paintings of New Orleans jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone.  Vermont artist, Linda Marcille.
Linda Eaton Marcille jazz paintings are available to view and buy at Stonehurst Gallery.
Who is this legendary jazz and blues guitarist?  BB King?  Buddy Guy?  Robert Johnson?
BB King? Buddy Guy? Robert Johnson?  Who is this legendary jazz and blues guitarist? Post your answer on Facebook. Paintings by Linda Eaton Marcille.

Jazz in Vermont

You might not think of Vermont as being synonymous with Jazz but we actually have quite a respectable jazz and blues community here. Burlington has hosted the Discover Jazz Fest annually for the last 30 years, proudly featuring such jazz legends as Sarah Vaughan, Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall… I could go on but you can get the whole run down here on the Discover Jazz Fest website.

Just down the street, we have the Vermont Jazz Center at the Cotton Mill in Brattleboro, VT which is now in its 37th year. Founded by legendary guitarist Attila Zoller, the Center is now run by pianist, Eugene Uman and features a summer jazz workshop, monthly concert series, Wednesday night jam sessions, and frequent collaborations with area schools, jazz art organizations and businesses.

Who is this famous jazz singer?  Billie Holiday?  Sarah Vaughn?  Ella?
Who is this famous jazz singer? Billie Holiday? Sarah Vaughan? Ella Fitzgerald?  Douglas thinks they are the Obamas but what does he know? Original silk paintings by Linda Marcille.

How to Purchase Linda’s Paintings

Do you have the perfect spot in your home for this remarkable series of Jazz paintings on silk? We are proud to be able to offer them for purchase here at Stonehurst. These are the only jazz paintings Linda has done out of an extensive body of work over many years and she will not be creating more like them. They are an investment sure to increase in value.

The original paintings are priced at $800 each to the person or family who will cherish and care for them. We would prefer to sell them as a set or perhaps split them into two sets, if necessary. Dimensions are 29″W x 25″H, matted and framed (actual image approximately 20″W x 15″H). For additional information or to purchase please call Peggy, Liz or any of our sales team at Vermont Woods Studios. Looking to buy just one? We’ll talk.

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 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.