Bob-Gasperetti The Vermont Crafts Council 19th Annual Open Studio Weekend is only a week away on May 28th & 29th 2011.

If you've never been, I can promise that touring around to Vermont's artisan studios will be a unique and fun way to spend a weekend.

In addition to Vermont's amazing furniture makers, you'll be able to visit glass blowers, jewelers, printmakers, potters, furniture makers, weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors, quilt makers and wood carvers.  

 

I posted Bob Gasperetti's picture here because Bob is on of the best of the best Vermont Furniture Makers and he has the coolest studio.  It looks like a quintessential Vermont barn and is set in the heart of the Green Mountains in Mt Tabor, VT just off Route 7, a bit north of Manchester Center.  On the first floor of Bob's place he has a treasure trove of beautiful wooden planks, burls and slabs– from all types of different tree species that he's been collecting over the years.  Pick the ones you like and head upstairs.

Bob's workshop is on the second floor, where he'll show you all the hand tools and machinery he uses to work his magic.  Fascinating!  Then up on the third floor is his showroom which houses his latest handcrafted furniture creations… perhaps:

  • a Shaker style four poster bed and matching dressers, mirrors and chests
  • a Vermont style, solid cherry dining table, chairs, buffet and hutch
  • a home office set up with an executive desk, file credenza and bookcases

The craftsmanship you'll see in Bob's studio is like nothing you've ever seen before (unless you're already familiar with the tradition of Vermont furniture making, of course).  Check out the precision of his dovetail joints and run your hand back and forth over his smooth finishes.  You might have a hard time leaving empty handed… but the good thing is that he always has a great selection of pieces on sale and available to take home during Open Studio Weekend.  Or you can work with Bob on a unique custom piece made especially for you.

Reaching for your calendar and map?  The Council publishes a free tour guide featuring a map of all the participating studios, including Bob's.  You can pick it up at any Vermont Welcome Center or print one online.   Vermont is actually bigger than you think and there are so many artisans now that maps are available for each county.  Enjoy the weekend and let's hope the sun participates too!

Vermont Woods Studios

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.

Vt-wood-festival 2011 marks 15 years since the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition began as a modest idea back in 1996.  With Vermont being the Fine Furniture Capital of America it was felt that we needed additional venues to showcase the beauty and diversity of Vermont's wooden wares and the people who create them. 

 

Vt-woodworkers Although Vermont is perhaps most famous for our high end, luxury, custom studio furniture, the design competition is set up to include all types of Vermont woodworkers in areas such as: carvings, sculptural, production furniture, turnings, jewlery, kitchen accessories and more.  Entries are separated into students and professionals and can be submitted here.

We've had the pleasure and privilege of attending all of the design competitions and the concurrent Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festivals over the years and I have to say they keep getting better every year.  Many of our friends and colleagues have been awarded prizes including Robin Chase, Arthur Weitzenfeld, Daniel Omondi, Rick Schneider, Breeze Verdant and others.

Both the design contest and the furniture festival take place annually at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT and this year the date is September 24-25, 2011. 

If you're a Vermont woodworker you HAVE to check it out.  And if you're looking to purchase fine handmade furniture or just spend a day running your fingers across it, mark your calendar now.  You'll be glad you did.

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.

Walnut-slab-table-custom Our friend Greg Goodman made this beautiful Live Edge Custom Walnut Slab Table.  Greg has a studio in The Cotton Mill in Brattleboro where he works with fellow woodworker Bela creating some of the finest wood furniture and cabinetry in Vermont.  Greg let us film some of his work recently and we've included it in a short video about Vermont Woods Studios Furniture that's available on our website.  

 

It shows Greg working on a huge slab of catalpa wood, crafting it into a gorgeous custom dining table. In the video he talks about George Nakishima who is a source of inspiration for his slab tables. Nakishima, a Japanese-American woodworker and architect was a pioneer in the art of transforming figured organic wood forms like live edge slabs and burls into custom tables and furniture for the home.

You can watch the video that includes Greg's live edge table creation here.  We'll post additional videos of Greg's work over the next couple weeks.  If you're looking for a live edge table, Greg has the one shown above in his shop now.

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.

Stephen Saint-Onge Every year the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival in Woodstock, VT gets better and better. It's not too early to mark your calendar for this year's Fall show on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. Vermont Woods Studios Furniture customers have journeyed from all over New England and as far away as California to attend the show, get to know Vermont's fine furniture makers and place orders for custom crafted furniture made especially for their spaces. 

This year Celebrity Home & Style Designer Stephen Saint-Onge will join us at the Festival and will be a Guest Speaker for the Vermont Woodworking Design Competition.  Stephen has been seen by millions of homeowners with his column House Calls in Better Homes and Gardens magazine and has made numerous television appearances on programs and networks including The Today Show, Oprah, The View, CNN, CBS's The Early Show, Fox News, ESPN and TLC. His work has also been featured in publications such as House Beautiful, In Style, Child, Renovation Style, Real Simple, Elle Decor, Cottage Living, Metropolitan Home, Home, Shape, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

House Beautiful magazine named Stephen "one of the top fifteen designers in America."  We are excited to see Stephen at the Fine Furniture Festival this year and hope to see you there too!

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.

Tune in to Brattleboro Radio WKVT 92.7 FM / 1490 AM tomorrow morning from 10-11AM to hear Steve West and me chat all about the work of artisans like Chad Woodruff and Greg Goodman and the fact that Vermont is the fine furniture capitol of America

Many thanks to Steve and Crystal for giving us this opportunity to spread the word about Vermont's awesome furniture makers and our online furniture gallery at Vermont Woods Studios.

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.