We’re asking all of our Vermont Woods Studios customers, vendors and friends to join us this Saturday, March 28 at 8:30pm in turning out the lights for the Third Annual International Earth Hour.


Earth Hour is World Wildlife Fund‘s global initiative where individuals, businesses and governments turn off their lights for one hour to show their support for action on climate change.  Major cities across the US and around the world have committed to participate in Earth Hour 2009.  



Last year,  all seven continents turned out their lights in the largest climate event of all time.  The movement captured the public’s imagination with lights going out at some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including:

  • The Sydney Opera House
  • Bangkok’s Wat Arun Buddhist temple
  • The Coliseum in Rome
  • Stockholm’s Royal Castle
  • New York’s Empire State Building
  • Sears Tower in Chicago and the
  • Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

Even Google’s homepage went dark.

 What does Climate Change have to do with Green Furniture and why are we so fired up about this initiative?  


Believe it or not, 20% of global climate change is caused by deforestation.  As woodworkers, we’ve been reaching out to educate others about the need to preserve the forests.  Not just the temperate forests in which we live and work, but particularly, the world’s rapidly disappearing tropical rainforests.  


We all depend on the forests for our survival.  They are the lungs of our planet and house many of our most precious natural resources and endangered species.  Forest preservation is our passion and Earth Hour is a way to symbolize that passion.  We hope you’ll join us!

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
Abe Abbas, resident
furniture expert at
About.com for his informative article on Customized, Hand Crafted Furniture from Vermont
Woods Studios
. Abe is one of the foremost furniture authorities on the
web. He's responsible for ingniting and maintaining the enthusiasm of a
large crowd of interior design and
furniture aficionados who meet, greet and
discuss the latest on his
blog, forum, newsletter and website.


On St. Patrick's Day, Abe published an article
highlighting our green mission at Vermont Woods Studios and showcasing many of
our handmade, custom and customized furniture pieces, including the:

He provides a picture gallery
of his favorite handmade furniture pieces from our collection. Check it out!

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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What do Irish stew, a corned beef and cabbage dinner, and a couple mugs of Guinness have in common?  They all taste better when served on a natural, eco-friendly, green dining table made by
Vermont Woods Studios.  Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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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There are luxury rocking chairs and then there are Ultra Luxury Rocking Chairs, custom hand-crafted and sculpted by Vermont Woods Studios master Craftsman, Kit Clark to form fit to your exact body shape,
size and movement. 

Kit has spent a lifetime skillfully crafting custom furniture for individuals and families.  His latest creation, this Custom Rocking Chair, truly does take custom furniture to a new level.  Come sit in one of his floor models and Kit will measure and fit you to a personalized rocking chair with the exacting precision that a  tailor uses to measure for designer suit.


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“I do this because I love working with wood.  Let me share this passion with you by offering you an alternative to ordinary furniture design and quality.  You will have the pride and knowledge that any piece I build for you is of the highest quality and beauty.  And each piece is guaranteed for a lifetime.”

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"I love my new rocker, Kit!  It's not only a work of art, it fits me like a glove.  I plan to spend many an evening rocking my new grandson to sleep in it!  Thank you so much."           Carol C.

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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Have you noticed that just about every furniture company out there is selling eco-friendly furniture these days?   I just googled green furniture and got over 42 million results.  And yet we know that over 50% of our wood furniture in the US is imported  (Chinese imports increased over 525% over the last 10 years – ref).  Do you think those imports are eco-friendly?  Not likely.  We've written many times about the illegal and unethical practices that make these cheap imports possible.  

So how can one get an honest, third party evaluation of a so-called eco-friendly furniture company to determine the integrity of their claims?  Try doing some research on the Sustainable Furniture Council Website.  The SFC describes itself as "a non-profit balanced coalition of industry players created to promote sustainable practices among manufacturers, retailers, and consumers alike with a public tagging program to identify good choices."  Their slogan is "The Solution Starts with You!"


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The SFC
has over 250 members and each furniture company in the Council is listed on the SFC website.  To be considered for membership, a furniture company must complete a detailed application questionnaire that surveys the company's performance in everything from the extent of reclaimed and recycled resources employed, to the use of electronic versus paper documentation to the treatment and wages of workers.  Strict criteria are required for acceptance into the SFC and each member's answers to the application questionnaire are posted online to promote transparency.  You can find the Vermont Woods Studios application to the SFC here.

We applaud those consumers who take the time to research their furniture purchases at the Sustainable Furniture Council Website. You are a part of the solution to global warming and preservation of the earth's forests… and the endangered animals and peoples who inhabit those forests.  Thanks!

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.