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.

Hardwood Furniture | Saving Our Maple Trees | Sustainable Forestry in Vermont
The little red dot in the middle of these hardwood trees, is Ken–  pruning the maples today.  Our mission at Stonehurst Fine Wood Furniture is founded on forest conservation.  We need your help in saving hardwood trees from an epidemic of infestations.

Hard wood furniture lovers, beware!  At this very moment, armies of invasive bugs and diseases are on the prowl, hunting down your favorite maple, oak, cherry, walnut and other backyard trees to turn them into food and bedding for their young.  Check out this article by Faith Campbell in the Nature Conservancy blog, “How to Save Countless Trees in 10 Minutes or Less“.

Asian Longhorn Beetle

Asian Longhorn Beetle | How to Identify it on Your Hardwood TreesFaith talks about the dreaded Asian Longhorn Beetle ALB, one of many non-native insects and diseases that have been brought to America accidentally by way of imported plants or in crates and pallets.  Vermont’s iconic maples, along with elms, ash, and oaks are a favorite home to these large, shiny, black and white beetles from Asia.

The entire Northern hardwood forest is at risk and if we can’t get people like you to help fight back,  48 million acres in the United States plus the majority of Canada’s hardwood forests could be destroyed.  Also at risk are shade trees along city streets and in backyards all across the country. The ALB could kill up to two thirds of urban trees if it becomes established!

 

 

3 Things You Can Do to Save Our Hardwoods

There are many ways you can help keep invasive killer bugs and diseases from destroying our hardwoods.  Here are some suggestions from VermontInvasives.org

  • Buy Local Firewood– Tree killing insects and diseases can lurk in firewood. Don’t move invasives to new areas on firewood
  • Educate yourself, your friends, your coworkers, and your family about how to look for invasive pests.  Here’s a look at the top invasives in Vermont and in other locales
  • Take photos and report anything you find to your state agricultural, natural resources, or forestry agency

By working together can we fight the killer bugs that threaten our forests, our food supplies, our waters and the thousands of jobs dependent on them.  You can help stop the spread and protect the natural resources you love.

 

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 Fine Furniture Design Competition
All entries for the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture Design Competition are due no later than September 27.  For details and an entry form, go to the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition website.

Calling all VT Woodworkers:  it’s time to enter the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition.  On it’s 10th year anniversary, this woodworking festival can boast of being a prestigious, well-respected venue for representing woodworkers and designers throughout the Green Mountain state.

Got a  creative woodworking project you’d like to show off?  Put it out there with the best Vermont has to offer and see how it stacks up.  Entry forms are available online and fees start at just $15 (but the first one’s free for VWMA members).  What have you got to lose?  And who knows, you could be the next woodworking sensation!

Fine furniture and wooden accessories must be made in Vermont by Vermont woodworkers to be eligible.  Judging will be held on September 28 from 10-4pm with an Awards Reception at 6pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT. Previous press for winners has included articles in Fine Woodworking Magazine, Furniture World Magazine, Vermont Home Style Magazine and Design New England Magazine.  You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Check out the details on the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition website.  See you at the awards reception!

 

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 Showroom | Before the Renovation
The country kitchen at Stonehurst, as it was for many years.  Traditional pine cupboards and appliances were perfect when Stonehurst served as a farmhouse, boarding house, four seasons resort, ski area and private residence. 

We’re trucking right along in our quest to transform Stonehurst from a private residence to a fine furniture and art gallery that showcases Vermont made sustainable home decor products.  There are a whole host of finishing touches still in progress but I thought I’d share some before and after pictures of spaces where the renovation is pretty well complete.  First up:  the kitchen, my personal favorite part of the transformation.  The “before” kitchen was functional but the layout didn’t provide much opportunity for windows to overlook the spectacular view out back.

Vermont Furniture Showroom | Stonehurst Before and After
Now Stonehurst is a fine furniture and art gallery, showcasing Vermont made sustainable home decor products, so no kitchen is needed.  We replaced the cabinets and appliances with windows and an open atrium to take advantage of the view.

Since the kitchen is the entry into the building, we wanted to treat our customers to a cheerful space where they could relax and unwind after a long trip up from the city (customers usually travel from Boston, New York, Washington DC and beyond).  The wall of windows we installed puts Vermont’s green mountains and meadows  front and center when customers step inside.  It’s pretty clear:  you’re in Vermont now.  Time to slow down and enjoy nature at it’s finest.

Where Does Wood furniture Come From?

With sustainable forestry being at the heart of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios, one of the main things we’re trying to do with Stonehurst is raise awareness about where your furniture comes from.  So the view of Vermont’s Green Mountain Forest often opens up a conversation about legally, sustainably harvested wood.  Loryn is working on an educational display which will be installed on the sunroom wall to tell the story of how our furniture gets from sustainably-managed forests to your home.

Kudos to Our Design and Construction Team

I can’t start showing before and after photos without recognizing and thanking our architect, Jeremy Coleman of Brattleboro, VT and builder, Bob Furlone of American Construction.  They have done a tremendous job, especially in facing all the realities involved in transforming and modernizing a 200+ year old farmhouse.  They’ve also been really knowledgeable in helping us select all Vermont made materials whenever possible.  The wall of windows shown above was custom made by Green Mountain Window in Rutland VT and the slate floor was mined locally by Vermont Slate Company.

Let me know what you think of the transformation in the comments section below or on Facebook.  Over the next couple weeks, I’ll post before and after photos of the:

  • barn–now a dining room showroom
  • boarding house– now a bedroom showroom
  • kids bedroom– now a kitchenette for our staff
  • several bedrooms– now administrative offices”
  • exterior paint color– from red to white, and
  • the parlor– which is still a parlor

I hope you’ll be as excited about this new Vermont fine furniture and art gallery as we are.  Come and visit us to see it all up close and personal!  Be sure to bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch so you can sit out back and enjoy the view.

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.

 

Windsor office chair
Our Windsor Office Chair, front and back views.

If you work a full time desk job, you are sitting down for approximately 2,400 minutes a week. Now, I think that if you’re going to be sitting for that long, you might as well sit in an office chair that is chic and comfortable. The Cherry Windsor office chair features traditional continuous arm styling on a rolling metal base. It’s wheel base spokes are capped with cherry accent pieces, and like a modern office chair, this one also swivels and has both height & tilt adjustments for the perfect fit. The Windsor style chair isn’t just comfortable.  It lends a high end, sophisticated look to the home office, whether it’s modern, traditional, or Shaker style.

Worried about sitting on an solid wood chair seat all day?  Well, the seat is scooped out for a comfy fit but if that’s not enough cush, the Vermont Country Store has a pretty good selection of chair cushions that are sure to do the trick.

Hardwood Cherry Windsor Office Chair
Loryn from Sales, enjoying our Windsor Office Chair.

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.