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Many thanks to our customers, friends and colleagues who stopped by to see us in our booth at the Boston GreenBuild conference last week.  We were inspired to join you, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa who delivered the keynote address, and over 800 green companies and 28,000 attendees, all working towards a the vision of a greener planet. 

It was an honor for us at Vermont Woods Studios to be representing our state's finest furniture makers alongside Kathleen Wanner of the Vermont Wood Manufacturer's Association and Bruce Wilkie of Lyndon furniture. 

We appreciate the warm greetings and compliments we received regarding our fine, handcrafted, solid wood furniture display and we look forward to working with many of you in the near future.

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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As we start picking up the pieces of our broken economy and trying to sort through them, what kinds of changes will we make to avoid another meltdown?  We've unwittingly become such ravenous consumers, that we've gotten accustomed to forsaking quality in our purchases for instant gratification at the expense of frequent disposal and replacement.

We hear people say things like, "I like to freshen up my home and replace my furniture every few years to stay up with the trends."  In the furniture business, we call those disposable purchases curbside furniture.

If
you're lucky enough to have antiques and heirlooms that have been
handed down to you through the generations, I'll bet that even after
50-100 or more years, you'll find the quality of those items to be
superior to that of today's equivalent.

Rebuilding the economy on a green foundation is going to involve a cultural shift away from cheap, imported, transitory goods in favor of high-quality, long-lasting, timeless items that are crafted from sustainable resources and sold near the source with a minimum of transportation and fuel costs.  Green American furniture companies are leading the way toward this kind of a paradigm shift.  We have the sustainable resources, the talent, the facilities and the will to make it happen.  Visit the Sustainable Furniture Council to learn more.

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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 watching your money's wild ride on the stock market's roller coaster is giving you heartburn, we have a suggestion for a fail-safe investment: US made
, handcrafted, solid wood, eco friendly furniture.  Really! 

Did you know that a Chippendale armoire-desk, circa 1770 recently sold at Christie's for over $12,000,000.  A small carved mahogany tea table from the same era fetched nearly $7,000,000. 

OK, that's a couple hundred years for appreciation but 20th century pieces are routinely selling for hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars at leading auction houses, Sothebys and Christies.

So whether you purchase an ultra-luxury, fine, handcrafted, custom furniture piece like a modern day Chippendale or an affordable handmade standard piece like those in the Vermont Woods Studios Classic Shaker furniture collection, you are making a wise and safe investment decision.

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And while furniture makers can't guarantee that their furniture will increase in value at any predictable rate, they do often guarantee against flaws in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the original owner. 

The best part about investing in fine furniture, however is the enjoyment you and your family will have, sharing meals, conversation and laughter around it for many years and even generations to come. 

We say, "Cheers" to an investment that is- for a change, heart-warming instead of heart-burning.

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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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Many thanks to newspaperman extraordinaire, Bob Audette at our hometown newspaper the Brattleboro Reformer who wrote a very informative article about Vermont Woods Studios eco friendly furniture and the artisans who make it.
  Bob placed us right on the front page of the local news section, highlighted the award we received for Best Furniture Website of the Year and included interviews with Jan Bennett, Barb Ackemann of  IrisLines Designs and Tina DuBosque of E-tegrity SEO Consultants.  We appreciate your coverage of our small business and the many people who work to make it the very best place to shop for unique, handcrafted, sustainable furniture.  Thanks Bob!

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:                    Peggy Farabaugh
Phone Number:            802-579-1302
Email Address:            Info@VermontWoodsStudios.com

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VERNON, VT — October 17, 2008 – Vermont Woods Studios’ new website (VermontWoodsStudios.com) was singled out by leading furniture opinion makers at FurnitureQuest.com as the furniture website of the year.
“OK, we don’t actually have a Furniture Website of the Year Award. However if we did, the folks at VermontWoodsStudios.com would unquestionably be the winners!” says author, Joe McKean, General Manager of well-known furniture blog, FurnitureQuest.com.  “This has to be the most impressive website we have seen in years and they specialize in Fine Furniture Made of Sustainable Resources that is Made in America. How can we not be enthusiastic about that?”

Started in response to a business plan competition sponsored by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation BDCC, Vermont Woods Studios is a cooperative, community-oriented online marketing and sales venue that promotes collaboration and efficiency amongst Vermont’s many small custom furniture makers. The company strives to be a more affordable means of promoting the groups natural, eco friendly, artisan furniture to buyers outside of Vermont.  Today, the website offers a tremendous variety of furniture, crafted by artisans from all over Vermont, with price ranges from affordable to ultra-luxury.

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“It’s the only furniture site on the web that allows buyers to customize their furniture to their exact specifications, often at little or no additional cost,” says Customer Service Specialist, Jan Bennett. “Can you imagine going into Neiman Marcus or Restoration Hardware and asking them to make your dining room table an inch taller or 3.5 inches wider?  Or telling them you’d like to have it in solid, natural cherry instead of the oak veneer model they have on the floor?

At VermontWoodsStudios.com, we make each piece of furniture to order and can easily make modifications to suit our customers’ needs.  Custom furniture is now a luxury available to families who might never have considered it previously.”

The company’s dedication to environmentally friendly sourcing and processing is discussed in their furniture blog, http://vermontwoodsstudios.typepad.com.  “Did you know that 20% of global warming is caused by the destruction of the rainforest?” says owner/operator, Peggy Farabaugh.  “You could be contributing to global warming by unknowingly purchasing imported furniture or flooring made from illegally harvested mahogany or teak that’s been clear cut from the fragile tropical rainforest ecosystem.  In our blog, we provide news, tips and advice to help eco conscious consumers purchase beautiful, affordable, heirloom-quality furniture that is certified as sustainable by independent, non-profit agencies like the Forest Stewardship Council FSC.”

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Media contact:
Jan Bennett at
802-579-1302
greenmission.vt@gmail.com

Acknowledgements:
Tina DuBosque, Ecommerce specialist, E-tegrity Consulting
Barb Ackemann, Web Developer, IrisLines Designs

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.