Vermont Handmade Shaker Bedroom Furniture
Where is the handmade wood furniture capitol of the USA?  Would you be surprised if I told you it was Vermont?  Many people are: they think of North Carolina as being the center of American made furniture and thirty years ago it was.  But times have changed. 

Over the past three decades, North Carolina companies have outsourced the vast majority of their furniture making to China and other third world countries.  Big name furniture makers that we associate with the American made brand like Thomasville, Drexel Heritage and Broyhill are no longer making much furniture in the USA.

 

 

Vermont, with an unofficial count of some 2000 furniture makers has stepped in to become the fine handmade wood furniture capitol of America.  Take a tour through Vermont's country roads and you'll find small workshops dotted throughout the countryside with old-world proprietors ready to welcome you into our world of traditional handmade furniture making. 

Fine handmade wood furniture is an investment you will always be able to enjoy and pass down to your family for many generations.  Check out Vermont Woods Studios to see a sampling of Vermont's fine furniture makers and give us a call to arrange a tour of woodworking shops in our state that offer the type of high quality fine furniture you've been longing for.

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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Back in September of 2006, Vermont Woods Studios was fortunate to be able to join with a small group of visionary leaders in today's furniture industry in developing the foundation for the Sustainable Furniture Council.  Since then, this non-profit organization has grown rapidly and has tasked itself with
promoting sustainable practices world-wide, among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and
consumers alike.  Members of the SFC pledge their commitment to the following best practices agreement:

We agree with the Sustainable Furniture Council’s beliefs and goals, and
commit to supporting the organization in affecting positive change. We
understand the importance of the triple bottom line profit assessment of
PEOPLE-PLANET-PROFITS representing a healthy balance between social equity,
environmental concerns and local economies.

We seek continual improvement in our products, practices and operations, and
commit to the SFC’s Core Values as summarized:

1. We seek legally-logged wood from vendors who have a verifiable chain of
custody

2. We reduce unsustainable raw resources and known toxic substances in all
phases of our business

3. We recycle in our operations, purchase recycled content and create
recyclable products

4. We reduce and reuse packing/packaging materials and reduce transportation
needs

5. We learn about Life Cycle Analysis as the best measure of a product’s
environmental impact

6. We educate our customers on sustainability and supply them with
meaningful certifications

7. We partner with our employees in making choices for sustainability,
including personal and company energy reductions, paying a Living Wage, and
maintaining high safety standards

8. We contribute to the economic and environmental health of our local and
global communities

This confirms our commitment to advancing sustainable practices throughout
the home furnishings industry.

Prior to making your next furniture purchase, check with your retailer to see if they are members of the SFC.  If not, ask them to join.  The solution starts with each one of 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.

I've been staunchly denying that Fall is imminent, but the kids went back to school today, so I guess there's no more fooling myself.  Summer is so short in Vermont.  It is well worth waiting for, and savoring though especially with our offices being on the grounds of a working horse farm.  Our space sits between a lovingly restored farmhouse and a modern, stately horse barn.  Outside our windows we enjoy the view of two of the state's oldest and prettiest trees, a maple and an elm.
 
While I was thinking about the Fall, I wanted to mention the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival.  It's kind of the quintessential New England autumn event and anyone visiting our state for a bit of leaf-peeping would not want to miss it.   The dates are Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28, 2008  from 10am to 5 pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT.  Over 45 furniture makers and wood artisans will be there doing woodworking demonstrations and offering their handcrafted furniture for sale.  There is also a Forest Festival at the nearby Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park, where rangers guide visitors through the park and talk about forest history, wildlife and the pathway that our sustainable furniture takes from the forest floor to that of your own home. Vermont Woods Studios will be there visiting with our favorite furniture-makers and we 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.

As Thanksgiving draws near, we at Vermont Woods Studios pause to reflect and realize how much progress our small community of nature lovers has made towards conserving one of the world's greatest resources, its forests.  True, after just two years in business we are still in our infancy, but we are hard at work everyday introducing our customers to furniture options that are not only sustainable, but also incredibly beautiful, handcrafted, durably designed for generations to come and competitively priced.  We wish to thank each and every one of you who has purchased our furniture, read our blog or just visited our site.  You are the heart of our business and together we are making a difference.  In the words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  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.