Made to Order Furniture | Lead Time | Handmade in Vermont
This Modern American Buffet-Sideboard which doubles as a TV console or media center is typical of our made to order furniture.  It’s handmade in Vermont of solid wood and guaranteed to last a lifetime.  Would you be willing to wait 5-18 weeks to have this piece made for you and delivered to your home?

How long would you be willing to wait to have solid wood, made to order furniture created just for you?  Four weeks?  Eight weeks?  Three months?  Four months?

Lead time is something we struggle with in the world of Vermont’s handmade furniture.  It used to be the typical lead time for a piece like the Modern American Buffet-Sideboard (shown above) was 5-8 weeks.  But, alas with the Internet– Vermont made furniture has been re-discovered! It’s popularity is growing and rightly so– it’s beautiful, affordable, American made and sustainable.

The downside of this popularity rebirth, however is that customers sometimes have to wait longer to receive their custom made treasures.  They ask us:  WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG?

Well I guess it all goes back to the laws of supply and demand.  A growing awareness of Vermont made to order furniture is keeping our independent woodworkers busy around the clock.  Many of them are growing their businesses in response to demand but it’s going to take a little time.  As they say… quality can’t be rushed.

In response to our steady growth, we recently allied with a furniture maker from across the river in New Hampshire, to design a couple new lines of furniture for us.  Quite a shocking move for a company that’s all about Vermont made furniture, but fortunately, the skills and aesthetics of local woodworkers doesn’t stop at the Connecticut River.  More on that move next week.

For now, I just want to assure you that we are doing our very best to keep lead times to a minimum.  Neville has placed a “Lead Time” tab on every product page to let you know the current estimated ETA for that piece, including shipping and delivery (the average lead time is about 9 weeks but, depending on the piece and the craftsman it could be anywhere between 5 and 18 weeks).

Although, occasionally a craftsman will get sick or a delivery truck will be detained by weather, we do our very best to ensure deliveries are made within those time frames.  If you have questions about an existing order, or are thinking of placing a new order– give our crackerjack sales and customer service staff (Liz, Sean, Michelle and Loryn) a call to discuss further specifics.  And let us know on Facebook:  how much time would you consider “reasonable” to wait for your made to order 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, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Save up to 20% with the Vermont Woods Studios Make a Set Eco-Friendly Furniture Sale
Get creative, make a set!

Our Make a Set Sale is back! Whether you’re looking to add some fine furniture pieces to complete a few rooms in your home, or you’re trying out the ever popular mix-and-match interior decor style, the Make a Set Sale is one of our fan favorites! The great part is that you get to decide whats on sale! All you have to do is select 3 different qualifying furniture pieces, and the 20% discount is yours! Not sure what qualifies? Any piece of furniture besides Copeland, Artisan, and POLYWOOD!

All of our eco-friendly hardwood furniture is made to order, which means that your furniture isn’t just sitting in a warehouse somewhere in Timbuktu, ready to be dusted off and shipped out as soon as you make your purchase.

This is great because your furniture is truly made for you, so there’s no need to worry about whether or not you can find something to fit your space. Besides the fact that we have hundreds of pieces for you to choose from, most of our furniture can be customized to suit your needs, and all of our talented craftsman have the skills to create the perfect piece to fit your home. Plus, you can feel secure knowing that all of our furniture comes with a lifetime guarantee. Every member of our wonderful sales staff is here to make your experience with us as easy as possible, so don’t hesitate to call us with any questions!

Hurry, this sale ends at midnight on August 22nd!

 

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.

Real Wood Furniture | Live Edge Walnut Table | Handmade in Vermont by Dan Mosheim
This live edge real wood furniture is an organic claro walnut table, skillfully handcrafted by Dan Mosheim and his family at Dorset Custom Furniture.  Check out Dan’s blog about how to capture wood’s natural characteristics and turn them into a work of art.

Because most of our fine furniture is bought online, we’ve written a lot on our website about the natural characteristics of real wood furniture.  We don’t want to have any surprises when we deliver your furniture.  Wood is organic.  Just as each tree in the forest is unique, so is each board in your furniture.  As our friend, woodworker Greg Goodman says, “wood is like people.  What makes it interesting is it’s flaws”.

Different styles of furniture require different types and grades of wood.  For example if you were buying Shaker furniture or Craftsman furniture, you would rightly be expecting the highest quality wood with minimal character or “flaws”.

But if you were shopping for a live edge, claro walnut table, for example– like this gorgeous one made by Dan Mosheim of Dorset Custom Furniture  you would be expecting plenty of organic characteristics.  Have a look at Dan’s blog and you’ll see how an artful eye, combined with detailed knowledge of wood grain, shrink, swell and overall movement can transform a rustic “old” slab of wood into an elegant dining table fit for a king.

Turth is– the value of handcrafted real wood furniture is not just in the wood, but also in the craftsmanship.  A less experienced craftsman could have taken this same slab of wood and created a table that looked “flawed” and also performed poorly.  At Vermont Woods Studios we design all of our furniture to last a lifetime.  It’s a thing woodworkers have.  If the tree took a lifetime to grow (this walnut tree was probably at least 100 years old at harvest), then the furniture should last equally as long.

I think what sets Vermont’s furniture artisans apart from others around the world is their reputation for excellence in both style and craftsmanship.  At Dan Mosheim’s workshop and other custom furniture makers throughout Vermont you’ll find experts who understand the characteristics and “flaws” of wood and design their furniture to leverage the best the wood has to offer– whether it’s a refined Shaker piece or an organic live edge table.

Want to see Vermont woodworking and meet furniture artisans in person?  Put September 28-29 on your calendar– the 10th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture Festival is just around the corner!  Details coming soon.

Interested in the mechanics of wood movement?  Brian Boggs, a woodworker in North Carolina has a great blog post about grain orientation in furniture making.  And for those seeking a less detailed approach, check out our website for the quick and dirty details on characteristics or our favorite North American furniture making-woods:

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.

American Made Craftsman Style Furniture | Real Solid Wood | Vermont

Today’s Vermont made mission, craftsman and arts & crafts style furniture ranges from the traditional American Mission Furniture Collection to our transitional Cherry Moon Furniture Collection and Modern American Dining Furniture (shown above).

Looking for top quality, craftsman furniture that’s American made?  Why not start your search in Vermont?  We’ve gathered up an encyclopedia of facts about Vermont craftsmanship and state’s 200+ year history as a maker of high quality, solid wood furniture.  Here’s an exceprt:

Vermont is the Fine Furniture Capital of America. The Green Mountain State is increasingly recognized as the country’s leader in high quality, handmade wood furniture. Vermont boasts over 1000 furniture companies plus 2000 independent woodworkers operating out of small shops, barns and garages. They produce a diverse collection of wood furnishings for every taste and budget and together they have earned a world-wide reputation for integrity, authenticity and green design.

Craftsman furniture is a favorite style amongst Vermont woodworkers and one of my personal favorites.  At Vermont Woods Studios we showcase a variety of Mission, Craftsman and Arts & Crafts Furniture designed and built by our state’s fine furniture makers.

What Defines Craftsman Furniture?

Originally, mission and craftsman furniture was characterized by rectilinear design, simple, straight construction, heavy proportion and exposed joinery, often using medium or dark stained oak. Drawer pulls were usually simple round brass rings or rectangular back plates of solid brass with canted corners and an oval bail handle.  But like all things, craftsman furniture has evolved.

Today’s Vermont made mission, craftsman and arts & crafts style furniture ranges from the traditional American Mission Furniture Collection to our Cherry Moon Furniture Collection which incorporates subtle curves in an Asian design to the modern Contemporary Craftsman furniture, also somewhat curvy but still simple and elegant.  Rather than fancy, ornate scrolling or carving, craftsman furniture emphasizes fine workmanship in the form of refined style, perfect proportions, exposed joinery and top quality wood selection.

Need some ideas for how to put together your own unique craftsman style home decor?  Check out this Pinterest craftsman board, or browse through Arts and Crafts.  And if you’re looking for craftsman style lighting to complement your furniture, Vermont’s own Hubbardton Forge is the authority on that subject.  Here’s a Pinterest board with some great lighting ideas.

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.

A Custom Dining Table for a Banquette | Handmade in Vermont
Recently Barbara K came to us looking for a custom banquette table for her kitchen. This type of customization is something we can do quite easily as every piece of our furniture is made to order.  Thanks for the photo, Barbara!

Handmade custom tables are a common request for the craftspeople at Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture.  Recently Barbara K came to us looking for custom banquette tables for her kitchen.  Banquette seating is custom built, usually into a corner, along a wall or in front of a window.  Depending on the design of the seating, the banquette table must be custom made too.  Over the years, we’ve had many requests to customize existing tables and make them a little taller, shorter, longer, wider and so on.  This type of customization is something we can do quite easily as every piece of our furniture is made to order.

Here’s an excerpt from Barbara’s feedback about her new dining table:

We just absolutely love our table. You were so nice to work with and the delivery men were just delightful. They made sure our table was level before they left.  We ordered the table because we needed a certain height for the banquette. Vermont Wood Studios was the only place we found that could give us this. We would definitely recommend you!!     Barbara K

If you’re searching for banquette tables and seating, have a look at these photos on Houzz, Better Homes and Gardens and Pinterest.  And if you need a custom banquette table, browse through our selection of made to order dining tables and give Liz a call to discuss dimensions and pricing.  Often we can customize tables like this for little or no extra charge.

 

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.