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What are you planning for Valentine's Day?   No–you can't count on the recession for an excuse to lapse or forget.  Here's a link to World Wildlife Fund's FREE Valentine's email cards to help you out in recognizing all the special green people in your life.

And for those on a more generous budget,you can still surprise the love of your
life with the gift of our ultra luxury Heart-Shaped Valentines Chairs  handcrafted by Steve Holman.
This figured maple chair with velvety red upholstery can be
customized to include your names, date or other creative personal touches. Like
your enduring devotion, these heirloom chairs will be around forever – or at
least for generations!

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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If you’re shopping for natural, eco-friendly furniture, be sure to sign up for our Vermont Woods Studios newsletter.  We use this brief publication to periodically alert subscribers to special promotions, discounts and sales.  This month’s Newsletter was about Adding Value and Making our Fine Furniture More Affordable.  We included a $250 discount coupon and highlighted many of the items we currently have on sale.

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.

 

Today I received my monthly newsletter from the World Wildlife Fund WWF, a global non-profit that works to protect endangered species and the communities they live in.  Very often, these communities are forests, particularly rainforests.  Being wood furniture makers, at Vermont Woods Studios we see one of our fundamental missions as working to preserve the world's forests.  We've written extensively about the direct link between rainforest devastation and global warming and have disucssed facts like these:
  • 54 of the world's 193 countries have lost 90 percent or more of their forest cover. 
  • Rainforests that once covered 14% of the earth's land surface now cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.
  • 1.5 acres of rainforest are lost every second (that equates to 50 million acres a year: an area the size of England, Wales and Scotland combined)
  •  Nearly half of the world's species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next 25 years due to rainforest deforestation.
  • We are losing approximately 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year.
We support the  WWF as they work with local, indigenous peoples around the world to save endangered species and habitats through community-based projects and solutions.  A portion of every purchase at Vermont Woods Studios is donated to WWF.  Check out their website.  They have great gifts in the form of endangered Animal adoptions and global crafts and such.  You just might find the perfect Valentine's gift for your sweetheart.

 

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 Woods Studios customers give us lots of great ideas and we're usually smart enough to jump right on them.  Last week a customer was purchasing green furniture for her home and trying to make the most of our volume discount policy.  We had a sliding scale such that customers would receive the following volume discounts:

    * 5% on orders $5000-$5999
    * 6% on orders between $6000-$6999
    * 7% on orders between $7000-$7999
    * 8% on orders between $8000-$8999
    * 9% on orders between $9000-$9999
    * 10% on orders between $10000-$14,999
    * 15% on orders over $15,000

It may not look like much, compared to the big retailers who routinely discount 60-70%, but because our prices are not inflated to begin with, the discount is huge.

Still, that wasn't working for this particular customer because her order was going to be around $12,000 and she was was hoping to receive a 12% discount rather than a 10% discount.  So we have changed the volume discount policy to accommodate her and any other customers who might find themselves in the same boat.  Now the policy looks like this:

    5% on orders $5,000-$5,999
    6% on orders between $6,000-$6,999
    7% on orders between $7,000-$7,999
    8% on orders between $8,000-$8,999
    9% on orders between $9,000-$9,999
    10% on orders between $10,000-$10,999
    11% on orders between $11,000-$11,999
    12% on orders between $12,000-$12,999
    13% on orders between $13,000-$13,999
    14% on orders between $14,000-$14,999
    15% on orders over $15,000

Crafting larger-volume orders is slightly more economical for us, but the biggest savings with volume orders is in the shipping– and we pass those savings directly to you. 

If you're not planning to furnish the whole house or even the whole room, maybe someone you know is looking for furniture.  Combining the order and having it shipped to one location, could save you both a lot.  Call or email us if you have any questions.

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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At Vermont Woods Studios, we use only sustainably harvested wood for our handcrafted furniture.  Often our wood is harvested right here in Vermont, but depending on the availability of a particular species, it may come from neighboring states throughout New England.  We are careful to ensure that our suppliers source their wood from sustainable forests that are managed by forestry professionals, through the use of responsible forest management plans.  Often our customers want to go one step further than this and they ask us to use FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified wood in our furniture.  The FSC is an independent, non-profit organization that works around the globe to safeguard forests, with emphasis on the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests

We wholeheartedly support the FSC and are happy to honor requests for certified wood.  There is typically a 25% premium for FSC certified products, but we are working with suppliers and have brought that down to 15% for the time being.  We hope to eventually see the time when there will be no premium at all.

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.