If you haven't been able to watch Ken Burn's new film on America's National Parks, it's not too late.  This is a six episode series and every nature lover will want to enjoy the spectacular scenery, interesting history and urgent call to action that Burns presents.  At Vermont Woods Studios being a wood furniture maker, we're particularly interested in the issues of sustainable forestry in the national parks. 

One of our favorite national parks mentioned in this film series is Sequoia National Forest.  Sequoias are the largest trees ever to inhabit the earth, growing to heights of 300 feet and diameters of 30 feet! Their ages commonly range from 2,000 to 3,000 years.  Some were 1000 years old during the time of Christ! 

Although once widespread, giant sequoias now occur only in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of central California.   If you have literally 2 minutes to spare, you can take action to protect the Giant Sequoias and other ancient forest in America.  Visit Save America's Forests, click on Instant Letter and in 2 minutes or less you can send a letter to your representatives in Congress asking them to stop destructive forms of logging, such as clearcutting, and to protect ecologically important forest areas such as Ancient forests and roadless forests.

Then pat yourself on the back for doing an awesome job in protecting the environment and fighting global warming!

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Rebecca, our new Vermont Woods Studios Furniture graphic designer has been working back and forth with a customer this week on a customized dining table.  Adam liked our Oval Trestle Table shown on the website in maple, but he wanted it in a 2-tone combination of cherry and walnut wood.

 

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The first idea Adam wanted to try was a solid walnut base with a cherry table top.  Rebecca photo-shopped this image for him, but they both thought is was a bit too much walnut for his space. 

 

 

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So they toned down the walnut some with this version where the table was almost all cherry except for walnut feet, trestle and buttons over the trestle joints.  Still too much walnut for Adam's taste.

 

 

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Rebecca then emailed Adam this option and it turned out to be the Goldilocks version–not too much walnut, not too little, it was just right.  I like it a lot and am hoping Adam will send us photos of his dining room once the new table is installed.

 

 

Looking for custom furniture or customized furniture?  Check out our Vermont Woods Studios furniture website for ideas and give us a call.  Ask for Rebecca.  She'll show you how to customize our furniture for your space and taste.  It's easy, affordable and lots of fun! 

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Operation Christmas Child The staff at Vermont Woods Studios cordially invite you to attend our annual Operation Christmas Child Charity event held in the Vernon Elementary School cafeteria on Friday, October 16 at 3:30pm.  This is the seventh year we have been co-sponsoring this event with local employer Entergy and our own 501(c)(3) non-profit, Kids Saving the Planet

It has been a great success in the past and is growing every year.  Bring your family and rock with us to holiday music while we package hundreds of shoe boxes full of toys, candy, school supplies and hygiene items to be given to needy children both locally and internationally.

Operation Christmas Child Free pizza and drinks will be served.  Contributions and/or donations are encouraged, but not required.   The main thing is to donate your time and energy!

This event has always been a lot of fun for our kids and families.   It truly makes a huge impact on the lives of needy children around the world. For further information, or to volunteer to help, call Kelsey O’Donnell, Peggy Farabaugh (254-4951) or Annette Roydon (254-0004). 

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208_image Custom wood furniture is an investment and just like any other investment (stocks, bonds, real estate) you’ll want to do plenty of research prior to making any decisions.  You’ll need to know all the standard who, what, when, where, whys and hows of your furniture-making:

  • Who is the craftsperson or persons building your furniture?
  • What type of woods and finishes are available?
  • Where will the furniture be built?  For example, in a large factory in China or a small workshop in Vermont?
  • When will your furniture be ready?  How long will it take to design and craft?
  • How will it be crafted?  For example, using traditional methods of joinery, such as dovetailing and mortise and tenon?  Or with nuts, bolts, screws and such?



Did you know that Vermont is home to some of the finest custom furniture makers in the world? For many of them, the craft has been passed down through their New England families for seven or eight generations.  Others have come from all corners of the globe seeking inspiration not only from the natural landscape of the Green Mountain Forest but also from the vibrant community of world class woodworkers who call Vermont home.

You can meet nearly 50 of these talented craftspeople at the upcoming Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival in Woodstock, VT Sept 26-27.  Don’t miss it!  You’ll be able to meet the artisans, see their work and discuss all your questions with them.  I bet this will be one of your best investments yet and unlike stocks or bonds, this is one you can reap an immediate return of enjoyment from every day!

Visit our website at Vermont Woods Studios for a preview of some of the custom furniture you may see at the festival.

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207_image Many thanks to the team of professionals at wood-furniture for featuring Vermont Woods Studios eco-friendly furniture on their website this week. 

Wood-Furniture is an excellent website where you can find all kinds of news, information and advice about wood furniture.

I was interested to see an article on Wood-Furniture entitled "China Furniture Destroys Forests" as I had just written a blog entry about the same topic a few days ago. 

There is also an article about a hughe baby crib recall that I think many of our customers with young children would want to read.

Thanks again to the good folks at Wood-Furniture!

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