Guest blogger:  Dennis Shanoff
Vermont Woods Studios

 

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While certainly not our toughest winter here in Vermont this year, tomorrows predicted high temperature nearing 60 degrees is welcomed by many up in these parts. Also welcomed by many is moving the clock forward this Sunday.

It seems a lot of us are ready for more daylight time, especially after work. Nice to get home after a long day at work and be able to walk the dog while still light out or pace about the yard and start thinking about this summer’s garden or other outdoor projects. Or maybe just sit outside, relax and unwind?

And hopefully soon it will be time to break out the old lawn & garden furniture and start the season of relaxing, unwinding, and dining outside. So it seems like this would be a good weekend to take stock of your outdoor furniture. And hopefully your outdoor furnishings are up for another season? However if you are faced with the prospect of scraping, sanding, and refinishing your outdoor furniture and dread the whole time-consuming, messy process– then this would be a great time to consider an all weather outdoor furniture alternative.

The past few years have seen a big rise in the popularity of recycled plastic outdoor furniture. And POLYWOOD, an American manufacturer of outdoor furnishings is one of the best all weather, maintenance free options available. Just as sturdy and heavy (won’t blow away) as traditional wood outdoor furniture without the upkeep hassle. Built using colored Poly Lumber (which is made from recycled plastic bottles) this material is virtually indestructible. Poly Wood will not splinter, crack, or rot and it is highly fade resistant. This is outdoor furniture you could use year after year and spend time using it, and not time up keeping it. After all, isn’t outdoor furniture intended to relax in and enjoy time outside and not become another seasonal maintenance project?

 

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Recycled Plastic All Weather Adirondack Chair by POLYWOOD

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Super-bowl-tvWe have a Modern American TV-Media Console in the showroom that’s looking for a Super Bowl party to attend.  I think he’s an avid Patriots fan but that could change.

Most of our American furniture is made to order but– just in time for the Super Bowl–this one’s all set and ready to roll. It’s on sale too!  10% off or 15% off if you purchase an additional piece of furniture for your living room or office.

Plus if you tell Rebecca and Shannon you found it on my blog, they’ll give you an additional $50 discount.  Heck, Rebecca would probably even send some homemade chili along with it!  It’s worth asking anyway.

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We've only got Kendall for a few more days before he ditches us at Vermont Woods Studios and goes back to college after a nice long winter break.  That's pretty sad because he's been cranking out the website work these last few weeks– stuff that none of the rest of us (except Manjula, of course) know how to do.

 

 

 

Anyway, Kendall's becoming a Facebook genie and he's set up a "Staff Picks" tab.  This week he's featuring Shannon's favorite furniture, the Modern American Dining Set.  It's a beautiful solid cherry table and benches– very simple but very elegant too. 

 

 

 

 

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Here it is all dressed up by our favorite set designer, Erica Ell.  If you love it as much as Shannon does, fan us on Facebook and get an extra 5% off.

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Shaker Furniture conjures up images of traditional New England style tables, chairs and bedroom furniture designed way back in the late 1700s by members of the The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, otherwise known as the Shakers.  It's really the only style of furniture that's widely agreed upon as quintessentially American and it's changed only in subtle ways over the last few hundred years.

Vermont furniture makers are perhaps the world's most diverse group of Shaker furniture makers.  Most furniture coming out of Vermont reflects Shaker values in one way or another (highest quality craftsmanship, simple functional design, elegant straight lines, finely crafted joinery such as mortise and tenon and dovetails) but each furniture maker has a unique signature on their furniture.

We've been working with Copeland Furniture recently, as we've added their bedroom furniture, TV-Entertainment furniture and home office furniture to our website.  It's interesting to see how they've evolved from building traditional Shaker Furniture (Sarah Collection) 30 years ago to ever increasingly modern furniture today. Their Berkeley collection is a fusion of Arts and Crafts, modern Japanese and Shaker style.

 

 

 

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Check out these and other new collections and see how you like this modernization of Shaker style furniture.  As far as I can see, the addition of Copeland furniture to our website gives Vermont Woods Studios the most expansive and diverse selection of high end Shaker style furniture on the Internet.

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Our Contemporary Craftsman bed that has darkened over time to a rich golden red.

Big box furniture stores have tricked us into thinking natural cherry wood is a different color-we’re here to set the record straight.

I was working with one of our Vermont Woods Studios customers yesterday who was looking for a natural cherry bed to match existing cherry furniture in his bedroom.  He’s had the existing furniture for about 10 years and now it’s a lovely, rich reddish brown color.

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Our Cherry Moon Bedroom set is a nice rich reddish brown tone from being exposed to light over time.

The problem is that natural cherry starts out a much lighter wood, usually with a color similar to this Cherry Moon Bed and it takes time to darken as it is exposed to light.  The length of time to go from this light color to the darker color above varies with the amount of light in the room and can take anywhere from a few months to a number of years.  Most customers, however report that their furniture darkens within 6-12 months.

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Our Raised Panel Carriage Bed in natural cherry wood. You can see on the footboard one panel slightly lighter than the others to show the variation in tone of natural cherry wood.

Customers often ask if there is a way to speed up the process and the consensus among our craftspeople is that the best solution is just to expose the furniture to as much light as possible. Adding a dark stain is also a possibility but woodworkers always plead with us to have patience and wait it out instead.  For most customers, the result truly is worth waiting for, especially since our furniture is purchased for a lifetime of use. Check out more photos of our natural cherry furniture in the Cherry Moon Collection, Vermont-Made Shaker Collection and throughout our website.

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