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Hardwood Home Office & Living Room Furniture Sale

January 31st, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Hardwood Home Office and Living Room Furniture

With the weekend forecast bringing what looks like -5 degree weather in some parts of the country, you may just find yourself inside taking refuge in the living room.  And then while you’re sipping an ice cold, Vermont brewed Woodchuck Hard Cider (that’s my favorite) or a Long Trail (Dennis’ favorite) in front of the TV, you may start wishing you had a beautiful new entertainment center or media console.  Or a couple handcrafted cherry end tables to set your drink on.  Well if that happens, you’re in luck!  Living room furniture and home office furniture are on sale at Vermont Woods Studios today through June 13th.

Now’s your chance to update your living room or home office with real wood furniture and timeless Vermont styling that shows off the beauty of natural wood.  Take 10% off any single piece, 15% on two pieces, or 20% on three or more pieces of furniture*(plus free shipping).  Your new solid wood furniture will be crafted especially for you in your choice of natural Cherry, Maple, Walnut, or Oak woods.  Each piece of furniture is solidly built to last for generations and backed by a lifetime guarantee.

You can customize your new living room coffee table, TV stand, bookcase, desk, or wood filing cabinet online or if you prefer, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions.

As always, Copeland, Polywood, and Clearance furniture are excluded from the sale but that’s only because we have a low price guarantee on them every day. Artisan furniture is also excluded.


Unexpected Dinner Guests? Sturdy Wooden Benches to the Rescue

January 26th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Cherry wood benches are the perfect solution for accommodating unexpected guests

Wooden benches are the perfect solution for accommodating unexpected guests.  These modern American benches are handcrafted in Vermont from solid natural cherry wood.  Which do you prefer… modern, mission or shaker benches (below)?

Shaker benches fit in with most any type of kitchen or dining room decor

Shaker benches fit in with most any type of kitchen or dining room decor.  Hide them under the table when not in use. But voila, they are at your service when you need them (Shaker benches shown in reclaimed barnwood and natural cherry woodMission style dining bench shown in natural cherry wood).

Have you ever sat down to eat just as the doorbell starts to ring?  You look outside hoping it’s a quick UPS delivery but instead it’s your son’s best friend or your neighbor who’s locked out of the house.  No fear– you can warmly welcome your unexpected guest by simply pulling out the wooden bench that sits humbly and discreetly under the table.

Sturdy, solid wood dining benches are perfect for small kitchens, breakfast nooks and dinner parties with lots of guests! Each wooden bench shown is thoughtfully designed and meticulously crafted to provide you and your guests with a comfortable dining experience.  Handcrafted in Vermont using real, solid woods that are sustainably harvested, they are carefully crafted to serve your family and guests for many years to come!

Need a custom size bench?  That’s easy!  Our high quality wooden benches are made to order to so we’re happy to modify the dimensions to meet your exact needs.  Give us a call or connect with us on Facebook and we’ll get started today.

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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.



Furniture: Who Cares if it’s Really Made in the USA?

January 24th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

USA Made Furniture | Handcrafted in Vermont

American made furniture has a great reputation for high quality and compliance with proper environmental, safety and health standards.  Customers  acquire pieces (like this Woodland Table) they can pass down through generations, while also supporting the American worker and American communities.

Made in America Campaign

Remember that ABC World News series where Diane Sawyer and David Muir found a “typical American household” and inventoried everything in it to see what was made in the USA?  Turns out nothing… except the fresh flowers on the table.  Well that series inspired us to pour our energy into a Made in America campaign at Vermont Woods Studios.  We’ve sponsored the Great American Made Gift Challenge every Christmas season for the past several years and of course we put a high priority on promoting Vermont made hardwood furniture.

One reason is that customers often come to us in total frustration after shopping everywhere to find furniture that’s actually 100% made in the USA.  The companies we think of as quintessentially American (ie., Thomasville, Broyhill, Bassett, Ethan Allen, American Drew, Lane, Pennsylvania House, Drexel) aren’t so American anymore.  Often they outsource the majority of their production to China, Vietnam, Honduras, Mexico and other third world countries.  Then they import nearly finished furniture into the USA for a quick insertion of the final screw and call it “American made”.  The trend ebbs and flows with changes in foreign wages and the cost of oil to ship overseas.  When it’s cheaper to produce in the USA they come back, but there’s no long term commitment to the American worker or the American community.

Why Do Customers Care?

Here’s a recent illustration.  Dennis and Douglas and I made a visit to Gardner Massachusetts last month to see our pal Leonard Curcio at Chair City Wayside Furniture.  Gardner used to be “the furniture capital of New England” back in the 19th and 20th centuries.  According to the “Greater Gardner Furniture History Documentary project”, there were over 50 furniture companies in the area.  After over a century of furniture manufacturing, with nearly everyone in the community depending on the industry for support, many companies decided to move their operations overseas for cheaper production.  The community collapsed.  Families with several generations of skilled artisans and woodworkers were suddenly unemployed. Our friend Lenny was one of the few people able to salvage his business in a dying community but he is still suffering today, while trying to hang on.

Our customers want to support people like Lenny and acquire high quality, American made furniture that they will proudly cherish forever.  Supporting American workers and American communities matters to them.

How to Buy 100% American Made Products

If you’re looking for high quality furniture that really is 100% made in the USA, have a look at this excellent article by Mary Efron.  For American furniture and everything else that’s made in the USA, visit or SourceMap .  And maybe stay away from (or at least be suspicious of) the big box stores that make splashy videos about their “American made furniture” but don’t have much to deliver when it comes down to specifics.

Does Pottery Barn Really Have Furniture that's Made in the USA?

I found a beautifully filmed video about American made furniture on Pottery Barn’s website.  But when I searched their website for “furniture made in America”  the result was:  zero products.  If you’re looking for 100% American made products, check out or Vermont Woods Studios for fine hardwood 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, a 200 year old farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.


January Dining Room Sale

January 17th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Hardwood Dining Furniture Sale

As the holidays are over and a new year begins, I’ve been thinking a lot about how much time we spend with our families in our dining rooms and kitchens. I traveled to several different homes from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New years–with most of the time being spent around a beautiful dining table with the people closest to me. It was interesting to see how the design of each room really made the space special, and how the furnishings were all so different and unique depending on who’s home it was. I loved seeing ways in which the interior decor and furnishings would match the personality of the home, and those who lived in it.

With dining room furniture, it’s important to buy something that you love. Whether its a long table with enough room for a hoard of hungry and excited guests, or a round table to bring everyone together for conversation; finding the perfect dining furniture is a great way to start out your new year fresh. If not solely for style, than for function too!

Imagine your ideal family dinner, and what kind of furnishings you would have in it. Maybe even browse Pinterest for a little inspiration!

If you’ve found a design or idea that you love, now is the perfect time to purchase your dream dining room furniture! With dozens of styles and collections, we’re sure to have pieces that you and your family would absolutely love to gather around!

From January 17th to January 30th, you can save up to 20% on our handcrafted dining room furniture. Buy one piece and save 10%, buy two pieces and save 15%, or buy three or more pieces and save 20%! Plus, enjoy free shipping and lifetime guarantee with our dining room sale!

Shop for your new dining room furniture securely, easily, and conveniently from our online store. Or if you prefer contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont made, fine wood furniture.

*Sale does not include Copeland, Polywood, Artisan, or Clearance furniture.


Maintaining the Hand Rubbed Finish on Your Furniture

January 15th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

How to Maintain the Hand Rubbed Finish on Your Cherry Wood Furniture

The Vermont Shaker Moon bedroom set above is finished with hand rubbed linseed oil.  The craftsman recommends a few special care instructions to keep the wood soft and supple.

One of the hallmarks of Vermont furniture is the finely sanded wood and hand rubbed finish.  When you run your hands along the top of these chests or the foot board of this shaker bed, it almost feels like skin– very soft and smooth.  So we spend a lot of time talking with customers about how to maintain that beautiful finish after your furniture arrives at home.  Like a fine wine, a hand rubbed finish will improve with age.  Here are a few tips to care for it.

Follow the Manufacturer’s Instructions for Re-oiling

First check with the furniture maker to see what oil was initially applied and what is recommended for maintenance.  For example, the Vermont Shaker Moon bedroom set above is finished with hand rubbed linseed oil.  The furniture maker recommends these special care instructions:

When you receive your furniture it may be tacky from the oil finish we have applied in the studio.  The entire piece should be wiped with a clean, soft, lint-free cotton cloth.  Do not use commercially available polishes or waxes.  Wood remains a live medium and can tend to dry out over time.  For maintenance– pure, non-toxic linseed oil (such as this Tried and True finish) or any high quality furniture oil (without petroleum dryers or thinners) should be applied immediately after delivery and again every 3-12 months*.  Regular oiling will deepen the hand rubbed finish while enhancing the natural beauty of the wood.  It will also restore the finish over scratches.  Good quality oil products are widely available in better hardware stores.  With minor care, this furniture will be enjoyed for years and likely generations to come. More furniture care instructions here.

Cherry Wood Dining Table | How to Maintain a Hand Rubbed Finish

This cherry wood dining table is finished with a blend of hand rubbed linseed oil and Poly gel. Regular cleaning is all that’s needed to maintain the finish.

Routine Cleaning

Whether your wood furniture has a hand rubbed oil finish, a lacquer or poly, routine cleaning will keep it looking good.  With an oil finish, it’s especially important to clean up spills quickly before the liquid penetrates into the fibers of the wood.  Learn more about dusting (damp cloth or dry?), polishing and cleaning up spills on our furniture care website.

Humidity and Lighting

Wood is sensitive to changes in relative humidity. As the weather changes, so does the relative humidity in your home and in the moisture content of the wood in your furniture.  This means that furniture is constantly expanding and contracting.  Most furniture makers recommend conditions of around 70°F-72°F and a relative humidity of about 50-55% to keep your furniture looking good and lasting a long time.

Many woods, especially cherry are sensitive to light and will change colors when exposed to high intensity light or even sunlight for long periods of time.  Here are some tips for controlling light exposure and humidity on the furniture care page of our website.

* How often should you re-apply an oil finish?  The furniture aficionado’s rule of thumb is: once upon arrival into your home, then once/week for a month, then once/month for a year, then once per year thereafter.  Sounds like a lot of oiling but you’ll end up with the most beautiful patina you can imagine!

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.


Vermont Furniture Photography: More Coming Soon!

January 12th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Vermont Furniture Photography

Nina & Dennis photograph a new live edge dining table, a recent showroom addition.

As you browse through our website, you might notice that some of our photos are a little less than spectacular. This is a problem for some people when buying furniture online because it doesn’t allow you to see how beautiful our wood furniture truly is. Luckily for us (and for our visitors), we now have Nina working with us to get as many beautiful photos as we can of any furniture design that passes through our showroom and when possible, many that go through our craftsman’s woodshops.

Some furniture pieces with new photography by Nina:

1)  Cherry Ladderback Bookcase

2) Vermont Tavern Dining Set

3) Contemporary Craftsmen 3-Drawer Nightstand

4) Wood & Steel Bridges Bench

5) Wood & Steel Sofa Table


Rest assured that we are making our best effort to provide top quality photography that accurately shows the handcrafted quality of our Vermont fine furniture. Keep your eyes on the blog and on our Facebook page for new photo and furniture updates. Interested in checking out more great Vermont Furniture Photography ? Browse through our Pinterest boards for endless inspiration!





Dining Furniture Sale: Serving Up Great Deals

January 9th, 2014 by Peggy Farabaugh

Dining Furniture Sale | Vermont Farm Table | Tavern Table

This Vermont Tavern Table, bench and chair set features a popular Early American design.  The table is handcrafted with a thick, solid cherry top and a maple wood base that’s finished with a highly durable black paint.  The set is discounted by 40%.  It’s a great deal.  Not ready to purchase yet?  Check out next month’s big President’s Day furniture sale for more great bargains!

Douglas and Dennis are on a mission to constantly keep our furniture showroom fresh and interesting.  Each time customers come to visit  Stonehurst things will look a little different.  Right now it’s the snowy white show outdoors that’s most exciting but there’s quite a bit going on inside too.  The guys like to move furniture off the floor frequently to make room for new styles and designs.  That’s good news for anyone looking for a deal, a bargain or a discount.

Shaker Dining Furniture Sale | Handmade in Vermont | Solid Cherry Wood Tables and Chairs

This is a boat-top shaker dining table made of solid natural cherry wood.  Dimensions: 32/42″w x 48″l with one 18″ leaf.  On clearance sale for 30% off.

Today we’ve got a dining furniture sale going on with tables, chairs and benches on clearance.  Time to move ‘em out.  These are all top quality, handcrafted, solid wood pieces, made in Vermont and New Hampshire.  If you’re in the neighborhood or plan to pass through southeastern Vermont on your way to a ski resort, stop by and have a look.  I can now truthfully say, a visit to Stonehurst is worth the trip.

Live Edge Dining Table | Real Solid Wood Furniture Sale | American Made

A Live Edge Dining Table  with matching benches.  Handcrafted  in Vermont of solid natural cherry wood.  Clearance sale price is 40% off.  Call Liz for details, dimensions and pricing.


Why Shop for Furniture Online at Vermont Woods Studios

January 4th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton

Buy Furniture Online at Vermont Woods Studios

An online furniture store you can trust.

When it comes to Vermont made furniture, we are the experts. We are real people with a passion for sharing beautiful Vermont made furniture. Since 2005, we have been delivering top quality, handmade furniture to unique homes across all 50 states in America!

We have learned so much from our customers and their commitment to buying furniture online from a source that they love and trust. Our customer service team has taken all that we’ve learned and made a commitment  to providing our clients with an exceptional online furniture shopping experience– this includes ensuring that each and every one of your questions gets answered quickly (and by a real person) as well as helping you step by step with your order (whether you need help with a design idea, or are just looking for more detailed info on a piece you love). We can proudly say that we have a 98% customer satisfaction rating!


Buy Dining Room Furniture Online

Why Shop for furniture online?

One of the biggest benefits of Internet shopping and purchasing is the range of products you can discover, especially unique products uncommon to your region. 

Vermont has a long heritage of fine furniture making and one of our goals is to help you connect with Vermont’s talented furniture makers and enjoy the heirloom quality and exceptional value they offer. Vermont made, high end furniture is natural in appearance, always in style, functional, built to last for generations, and most important these days, affordable. Plus shopping from the comfort of your home at any hour of the day is as convenient as it gets!  Oh… and of course the Internet is also a great place to compare prices and features– to make sure you get exactly what you want at the best price.

Shopping for furniture online also allows you to review customer detailed customer testimonials to see how others felt about their service and product… giving you an unmatched feeling of comfort and security with your purchase.

Buy Office Furniture Online

Our promise to you.

We offer some of Vermont’s finest hardwood furniture. What do we mean by ‘finest’? Well, our furniture has quality that greatly surpasses anything you might find at a giant warehouse furniture retailer or at most traditional furniture stores. Our handpicked designs are heirloom quality, and guaranteed for a lifetime. In the spirit of true Vermont craftsmanship, we are dedicated to providing our customers with a product that can be passed down for generations.

Interested in seeing a sample of our furniture in person? Plan a visit to our beautiful showroom & furniture store, Stonehurst.

Browse our collections of real wood bedroom, living room, dining room, and home office furniture online– or call  (888) 390 – 5571 (Toll Free) to make a purchase or to ask questions! 



12 Days of Savings: Highlighting 12 Favorite Furniture Designs

December 26th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton

At most Vermont Furniture stores you won’t find the exemplary quality, selection, and customer service that you get when shopping at Vermont Woods Studios. We’re proud to offer thousands of unique furniture pieces– many of which can be customized to suit your exact taste and space. With our 12 days of savings Winter Holiday Sale, you have the opportunity to save 20% on the perfect furniture to complete your bedroom, living room, dining room, or home office. You won’t find a larger or better selection of top quality Vermont made furniture anywhere else! To make your experience a little bit easier, we’ve highlighted 12 furniture designs that our customers love.


1. Vermont Shaker Moon Bed: This handcrafted cherry bed features clean, simple lines, tapered legs and arching curves in the headboard and footboard. This piece is an eco-friendly Shaker-style bed with a sturdy platform, built to last for generations, & no need for a box spring.

Best Selling Vermont Shaker Bed


2. New England Shaker 10 Drawer Dresser: Shown in natural cherry with black walnut knobs, This traditional, horizontal, 8/10-drawer New England Shaker Dresser will add beauty, style and functionality to any bedroom.New England Shaker 10 Drawer Dresser

3. American Mission Night Stand: This solid wood American Mission Nightstand is the perfect place to store all of your bedtime necessities. Smooth, clean lines and eye catching drawer pulls make this night stand elegant and functional.

American Mission Nighstand Vermont Furniture



Dining Room

4. Classic Shaker Dining Table: Our high-end, handmade Classic Shaker Dining Table features clean, straight lines and smooth, taper legs that look elegant in any setting. This classic design, combined with sustainably harvested, solid wood construction make this table a responsible and classy choice for your home. Shown in Natural Walnut, also available in Cherry, Maple, or Oak wood.

Classic Shaker Dining Table


5.  Country Windsor Chair: Simple, elegant lines give this high-end Country Windsor Chair a contemporary flair. Comfortable and classy, it welcomes family and friends to sit and relax awhile. Shown in natural Cherry with scooped wooden seats.

Country Windsor Chair



6. Sarah Shaker Buffet: Copeland’s luxury Sarah Shaker 4 Door, 2 Drawer Large Buffet with adjustable interior shelves and removable silverware tray with Guardian Anti Tarnish lining and cloth for each drawer.

The Sarah Shaker Collection is real solid wood fine dining furniture crafted for generations of service in your natural home. Handmade to order so you can customize online in your favorite finish. Use the drop-down menu to see the choices for either natural cherry or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry stain. Best in its class of authentic custom fine dining furniture, this large buffet is destined to be a cherished family heirloom

Sarah Shaker Buffet Copeland Furniture


Living Room

7. Vermont Modern Entertainment Console: The solid cherry Vermont Modern Entertainment Console adds a chic designer style to the modern living room. It features a unique curved shape and plenty of space to store all your DVD’s, media equipment and more! This beautiful, solid cherry wood media cabinet will be the topic of many conversations!

Vermont Modern Furniture Entertainment Console

8. Modern Mission Coffee Table: The clean lines and modern styling of this beautiful solid wood Modern Mission Coffee Table make it perfect for the contemporary living room, dining room bedroom or foyer! Handmade in beautiful Vermont by classic furniture makers this coffee table will add warmth and style to any room!


9. New York Contemporary Bookcase: Our high end New York Contemporary Low Step Bookcase features artistic flair with modern sensibilities. Wonderful way to show off your treasures wherever you wish in style. This bookcase has been specially designed to work as an entertainment media center, home office and literary storage.

New York Contemporary Bookcase

Home Office

10. Sarah Large Desk: Our Sarah Large Solid Wood Desk with full extension pull-out keyboard tray features classic American Shaker design. Customize online in your choice of wood. Use the drop-down menu to see the choices for either natural cherry (no stain) or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry. Add a 60″L return for even more space (what’s a return?). Our Copeland Sarah Shaker Home Office Furniture Collection is handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested woods. Also available with desk organizer.


11. Solid Wood Custom Bookcase with Panel Doors: Our luxury, custom Solid Wood Bookcases with Panel Doors and can be customized to fit in any space you need fine hardwood bookshelves. The half raised panel doors on this bookshelf are built with solid hardwoods and premium hardware.


12. Catalina Walnut Credenza: The Catalina Lateral Credenza File Cabinet is handmade in Vermont of solid natural walnut wood. Made to order, this large high end office credenza provides a trim, functional place to store your files. It’s the perfect home office solution with sturdy solid wood construction and built for a lifetime of use.





American Made and Affordable Gifts – Candles!

December 24th, 2013 by Michelle Rooks

This coffee table with reclaimed wood top and steel legs is protected from any overheating of the glass candle jar with a slate coaster. Both the table and the coasters are available for purchase in our showroom!

We in southern Vermont are very lucky in that we live very close to several popular candle makers. Half an hour away is the Yankee Candle flagship store in S. Deerfield, MA and in less than fifteen minutes you can get to Kringle Candle in Bernardston, MA. Vermont is full of smaller artisan candle makers. Wilmington Candle Company makes soy based candles and Vermont Honey Lights specializes in beeswax candles.

You can find candles in bright colors or bright white, tiny tea lights to massive multi-wicks. They are used for aromatherapy or setting a mood, come with subtle scents of botanicals, bold tones of aftershave, your favorite foods or no scent at all. The best part of all is that they’re made right here in New England. And you can’t beat candles for an affordable, Made In America holiday gift perfect for teachers or as hostess gifts.

While candles are very popular, they can also be very dangerous. No matter what sort of candle you like, there are certain rules you should always follow when burning:

  • Always trim the wick to a height of approximately ¼” – make sure to remove any of the wick debris from the wax pool. Trimming helps keep it from flickering and smoking, which can cause soot buildup on the container
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended
  • Make sure the candle is sitting on an even surface that won’t be damaged if the container should get too hot – we’d hate to see your beautiful Vermont made hardwood furniture marred!
  • Keep away from any flammable objects
  • Keep out of reach of pets and children

For a full list of tips, visit the National Candle Association web site.

Here’s one more tip: If your candle is nearing the bottom of its container and you don’t want to throw the container away, simply place it in your freezer for about 20 minutes, take it out and shake out the leftover wax. This only works if the sides of the container are straight, not contoured. Now you can reuse it!

A candle reflects serenely in this beautiful stained glass window — one of the many features that make Vermont Woods Studios such a unique shopping experience.