Natural Cherry wood furniture is a favorite among our customers and people are always asking where the wood comes from.
We source as much wood as we can locally, preferably right here in Vermont. But cherry wood isn’t a big component of the Green Mountain Forest.
There are a few cherry trees here and there across Vermont, but Pennsylvania is really the Cherry Capitol of the world and that’s where we get most of our cherry wood. It is arguably the finest cherry wood on earth and is prized for its lovely red color, grain and luster.
Fortunately for us, in 1995 the state of Pennsylvania had the foresight to protect and preserve a great deal of their cherry wood resources. They committed to maintaining the state forest system sustainably and began green certifying it, by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC. FSC is considered the gold standard in third party certifications of forests so we can be confident that the forests providing our cherry wood will be around to enjoy for many generations… just like our cherry wood furniture.
As you might imagine at a furniture store, we spend a lot of time with our customers, getting to know their needs and preferences and budgets. It used to be that needs and preferences came first in our discussion, but in this time of recession, the budget is almost always the main thing on peoples’ minds. At Vermont Woods Studios we’re responding to that and looking for all sorts of ways to add value to our product, while keeping the prices affordable. Whenever we can, we’re placing items on our Furniture Sale page and leaving them there longer than planned, if customers request that. We’ll talk about other ways we’re working with you to create the very best furniture value for your money in the next few posts. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re shopping on our sustainable furniture website and looking for ways to save. We’re always happy to help.
Our talented craftspeople at Vermont Woods Studios have been hard at work, designing creative, new eco friendly, green furniture for you in 2009. We'll plan to showcase some of our new arrivals on our blog. Each piece is handcrafted here in Vermont from green, environmentally friendly wood that has been sustainably harvested from local and regional forests employing responsible forest management plans. Our handmade furniture features natural, non-toxic finishes and customers can choose from a water-based lacquer or a natural oil finish. Most furniture pieces are made to order, so customers have the luxury of customizing their tables, chairs, beds and cabinets if needed. Small customizations like adding-subtacting an inch or two to make a piece fit into your space, or changing the wood species or finish are often done free of charge.
How do you like our new Modern Rectangular Dining-Conference Table and Chairs shown here in natural cherry wood? It's a more contemporary look than much of our furniture that tends to be of a Shaker-type design, but I think it's beautiful. I can't wait for someone to purchase the first set and send us a picture of it, all installed in their dining room. We'll post it here on the blog, if they agree!
Did you know that a portion of every sale at Vermont Woods Studios goes to charities and non-profits that work to preserve the worlds forests, and the animals and people who live there? Every December we begin to make our annual donations and today, we are sending a gift to the World Wildlife Fund to support their conservation efforts to save the tiger.
It seems impossible, but the fact is that wild tiger numbers have dropped from 100,000 to less than 4,000 over the last century, and the remaining tigers occupy only 7% of their historic range. They are literally teetering on the brink of extinction.
Although many threats account for the decline of tigers, one serious problem is deforestation and the loss of their natural habitats in India, Southeast Asia, Indochina and Russia.
You can support the conservation of tigers by ensuring that any furniture, flooring or other forest products you buy comes from wood that has been locally and sustainably harvested and/or certified green by the Forest Stewardship Council.
If you're like most Americans, you'll be spending more time relaxing and enjoying your home during the coming months and years. It's a place where we can take refuge from a stressful world of economic instability and find solace and comfort in each other and in our soothing cocoon. Happily, we can report that one of the main elements of the growing green home design movement is wood. Natural, renewable, enduring and recyclable wood is coming back into vogue in the form of wood furniture, flooring, paneling, and architectural millwork such as fireplace mantles and molding.
Even as longtime wood advocates, we found it surprising to look at the statistics of how much more environmentally benign wood is when compared to other home building materials such as steel and concrete. Research shows that in terms of energy use, production of greenhouse gases, air and water pollution, production of solid waste and overall ecological resource, wood is up to 1900% greener than steel or concrete!
Amazing not just for its natural beauty, wood is also incredibly versatile in its ability to be carved, shaped, bent or molded into an endless variety of shapes and designs. And anyone who collects antiques knows that wood furniture, properly cared for, can last hundreds and even thousands of years.