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.
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 AmericansWorking.com 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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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:
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!