The title of “American Made” typically ensures that what you are buying is top quality and built to last a lifetime. Our American Made Shaker Desks are just that, giving you beautiful, high quality desks that anyone would love to work around. Handcrafted in Vermont, these solid wood desks are made with the same honesty and integrity that the original Shakers were known for many years ago. This roundup includes 5 solid wood, American Made Shaker Desks that we believe would make a great base for your home office.

 

1. Classic Shaker Writing Desk

american made shaker deskThe Classic Shaker Writing Desk is as beautiful as it is elegant, bringing natural, eco-friendly solid wood to your office. It’s quite versatile as it can be crafted as a small, medium, large and custom table size. Choose a pencil drawer or a pull out keyboard shelf depending on your needs. Customize it with tapered legs to match the rest of our New England Shaker Office Furniture pieces. This cherry Shaker desk is simplistic, versatile, and traditionally crafted. We are sure you will love it as much as we do.

 

2. Modern Shaker Campaign Desk

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Our Modern Shaker Campaign Writing desk is made in top quality using premium solid hardwoods. This piece is crafted to last a lifetime. It’s sleek look will impress your clients, and it’s simplicity makes it easy to keep everything you need right at your fingertips.  Each desk is unique, handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested woods by local furniture makers. Choose between a rounded or straight edge profile. All our Modern Shaker Style collection is handcrafted to order in Vermont in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that not only protects, but enhances the natural beauty of the wood.

 

3. Sarah Secretary Desk

american made shaker deskOur Sarah Shaker Solid Wood Secretary Desk (or laptop work-station) features a full extension pull out keyboard tray and a classic American Shaker design. This American Made Shaker Desk can be customized online in your choice of small or large tabletop sizes and with your choice of woods. This piece is simplistic, truly Shaker inspired, and built to last a lifetime. Customize the look of your new desk in either natural cherry (no stain) or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry.

 

4. Modern Shaker Library Desk

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Our Modern Shaker Writing Desk is sturdy and simplistic, taking a modern spin on traditional Shaker style. All of our Modern Shaker Style collection is handcrafted to order in Vermont in your choice of solid cherry, maple, or walnut woods with a eco-friendly non-toxic oil finish that protects and enhances the natural characteristics of the wood. Traditionally crafted for generations of use and enjoyment.

5. Vermont-Made Shaker Writing Desk

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Simple, beautiful, and traditionally made; our Vermont Made Shaker Writing Desk features elegant tapered legs and high end, solid wood construction that will endure for years! All our wood is sustainably harvested in America, so it’s an eco-friendly writing table that you can feel good about. Customize it to be uniquely yours, perfect to get all of your work done around!

 

Which of these 5 American Made Shaker Desks do you like best? Let us know in the comments section!

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.

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Which dining chair is best for your space? This is usually one of the first questions a person asks when re-furnishing and redesigning their dining room. While there are literally hundreds of different chair styles to choose from, the Windsor Style Chair and Modern Shaker Style are some of our favorites. Both of them are simplistic and stylish in their own right, and they are both staples of American history!

Lets start with the history behind the classic Windsor Chair:

According to ‘Past and Present: Windsor Chair History’ by Design*Sponge, “In North America, the Windsor chair form was first used in Philadelphia where the chair became hugely popular around the time of the Revolution. The chairs were such an important part of the life in the new country that Thomas Jefferson was said to have written the Declaration of Independence in one of these chairs and Martha Washington had needlework cushions made for her bow-back Windsor chairs.”

Wow, who knew? Even better, here’s some historical photos of these classic American chairs:

 

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“Images above, from top: This ca. 1739 drawing by Jacques Rigaud shows a lord and lady being wheeled through the garden in Windsor chairs (from The Metropolitan Museum of Art). The presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress by Edward Savage (from the Library of Congress).” (Photos retrieved from Design*Sponge)

What about Shaker Chairs in history?

According to ArtComplex.org, “The common New England slat-back chair, fashioned by the hands of a Shaker woodworker, has become an icon of American furniture design. Shaker craftsman were familiar with that furniture form. It was found in almost every eighteenth and nineteenth century rural New england home. Converts brought these chairs with them as they joined shaker communities. Shaker craftsmen produced these chairs, refining that vernacular form and creating a distinctive , well-built chair that ultimately earned them considerable renown. Chairs were made in nearly every Shaker village for use within their shops and dwellings. Some chairs were sold to outsiders. Mount Lebanon, New York, the only community to mass produce chairs for sale, sold tens of thousands to individuals, families and businesses”

Traditionally, Shaker Chairs would be hung on the walls to maximize utility and save space.  Photo retrieved from: Blue Ribbons Design.
Traditionally, Shaker Chairs would be hung on the walls to maximize utility and save space. Photo retrieved from: Blue Ribbons Design.

While chair B isn’t a traditional slat back as mentioned and pictured, it still represents the simplicity of design and exquisite craftsmanship represented in Shaker style!

So, have you made up your mind yet? Both chairs have an impressive history and even more impressive design. If you don’t want to have to chose one or the other, why not both? Mix & Match for a look that is not only stylish, but has a great story.

Let us know which chair you love in the comments section of this blog, or send us a tweet!

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.

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Cherry Shaker Furniture is a Staple of the Traditional New England Home

In any traditionally inspired New England home you are sure to find handcrafted Cherry wood furniture. Shaker furniture in particular has been a favorite style for decades, and there’s no end to this trend in sight. The elegant look of Cherry wood combined with the simplicity of Shaker furniture creates a truly timeless match.  Cherry Shaker furniture is versatile, elegant, and the perfect addition to any traditional home. No matter where you live, this furniture style will give your space the feeling of a classic New England home.

Cherry Shaker Furniture for the living roomCherry Shaker furniture will work with any color scheme, and as seen in the photo above, looks marvelous with shades of green. No matter the color of your room, Shaker furniture in Cherry wood will help you create a look that is comfortable yet polished. Built for function but never lacking in chic Shaker style.

Cherry Shaker Bedroom FurnitureYour master bedroom will look charming and New England inspired with our finely crafted Cherry Shaker furniture. Unadorned and subtle, you could live in the city and still feel like you are waking up in a rural Vermont farmhouse.

reclaimed-barnwood-table-country-windsor-lifeShare meals with your closest friends and family around Vermont crafted Shaker tables and chairs that are inspired by a 200+ year heritage of Yankee woodworking. Cherry Shaker furniture is durable and makes the perfect base for your traditionally inspired dining space.

What do you think of Cherry Shaker furniture? Would you add it to your home? Let us know in the comments section!

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.

Use Reclaimed Wood Dining Benches as a way to make your home naturally beautiful & sustainable.

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 What is Reclaimed Wood?

 Reclaimed wood dining benches are made from re-purposed, leftover lumber. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timber and decking rescued from old barns, warehouses, factories, and the like. Reclaimed wood is considered a premium material for furniture building because it is very strong, durable, and plentiful! The salvaged lumber is cleaned and handcrafted into a new, workable material–then finely crafted into unique rustic looking furniture!

 

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Why Are Reclaimed Wood Dining Benches Great?

1. Reclaimed wood dining benches are eco-friendly. By re-purposing old lumber, they give this natural material a second life, renewing it and making it usable again. With the mass deforestation of our rainforests, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of the lifespan of your furniture and where it comes from. Buying a reclaimed wood bench isn’t going to save the planet, but buying a reclaimed bench over a bench that has been mass produced from rainforest wood, it’s an important contribution! (Note: None of our furniture comes from rainforest wood. Our craftsmen use as much wood as possible from North American forests)

2. Natural Character: Reclaimed wood dining benches are wonderful because they are unlike most pieces of dining furniture. The natural “flaws” in the wood stand out, making them unique pieces of furniture with lots of character.

3. Rustic Look: Reclaimed wood benches have a naturally rustic or antiqued look. This makes them perfect for passing down from generation to generation as they will never go out of style.

4. Versatility: These beautiful benches can be used in so many different ways. If you are tired of it in the kitchen, use it at the bottom of your bed to store books or blankets. Add a piece to your already rustic/farmhouse styled home to complete the look, or add this single rustic piece into your modern home for a chic fusion of styles.

Overall, reclaimed wood dining benches are wonderful additions to any home, no matter the style. They are easy solutions for a home looking to add some rustic charm to an unfinished space. What do you think of them? Let us know in the comments section!

The piece shown in this blog  is handcrafted in Vermont. The bench seat is made from high quality white pine or chestnut woods from reclaimed and recycled antique doors, floor boards, siding and other original components of historical New England Barns.

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Shown in this photo is our Classic Shaker Hunt Board, complemented with Simon Pearce glassware and JK Adams kitchen accessories.

As much as I hate to admit it, it’s winter.  The sky is dreary, the wind is sharp, and icy snow covers the ground. When you get home at the end of the day, you don’t want your home environment to reflect the outside environment–you want your house to be as cozy and warm as possible! Thankfully, our beautiful cherry furniture has a natural warmth that adds cheer to any space, and when adorned with some of Vermont’s iconic home decor brands, the pairing is perfect for making a comfortable and chic shelter from the harsh weather. With the following furniture ideas, you’ll know what to do to create your winter oasis in no time:

1. Accessorize your wood furniture with blankets:

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Our Vermont Shaker Moon Bed elegantly shows the natural warmth of Cherry wood. The luxurious purple blanket adds just another layer of warmth and sophistication. 

Blankets are great for creating a warm atmosphere in your home. Aside from literally warming you up, they add soft layers to your decor and give it added coziness (especially when used to accent a wooden bed). Purchasing a new blanket is great, but a handmade quilt is wonderful too.

 

2. Keep candles lit around the house:

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A toasty fire, wood furniture, and beautiful home decor… can you imagine a more perfect winter scene?

Having candles lit (safely, of course) is a simple and beautiful way to add a touch of warmth to any space. The flame of the candle is sure to make any area of your home feel more alive and more comfy. Using acorns gathered from outside, place your Simon Pearce candle holder on top of an earthy slate base for a look that is as natural as it is stylish.

 

3. Decorate with warm tones.

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Hubbardton Forge Lighting adds a whimsical yet industrial artisan feeling to your otherwise modestly decorated home.

Rather than using cool tones like blues and grays, warmer tones like brown, yellow, red and gold are great for giving the illusion of warmth. Your pillows, curtains and bedding are wonderful places to start. These colors look especially beautiful when highlighting the natural tone of Cherry wood furniture.

I hope these furniture ideas will help you  and your home avoid the dreary winter blues! What tips would you add? Let me know in the comments or send us a tweet.

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.