Vermont Handmade Furniture

I attended a Vermont Wood Manufacturer's Association (VWMA) meeting last Friday that was held at Copeland Furniture in Bradford, VT.  I'm always amazed when getting together with all these talented artisans and furniture makers.  They're creative not only about their furniture designs, but also about the other aspects that are required to keep their businesses sustainable these days.

Tim Copeland was showing us the piles of wood shavings that are generated from milling and sanding his lumber.  He's setting up a system to convert the shavings and sawdust into wood pellets to use for heating.  Tim said he'll be able to heat his entire facility with the wood pellets and in addition, he'll have a new revenue stream generated by the surplus pellets. 

Just one of the many sustainable practices that Vermont's furniture makers have been working through for generations.

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Handmade Wood Furniture from Vermont Woods Studios

I chatted today with a couple from California who came to Vermont this Fall to attend the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival in Woodstock, VT. June and Bob had found our website online this summer and when we told them about the festival, they decided to plan their vacation around it.

They were able to narrow down their selection of handmade wood furniture to three of our collections before their trip:

Then after spending a week in VT, taking in several days of sight-seeing, leaf peeping and touring of furniture studios they made a final decision and placed their order.   Now we are working with them to arrange shipping and delivery of their furniture.  I can't wait to see how it will look in their house.  Send photos, June!

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It was too much to hope for, I guess.  That sassy South Florida girl, I told you about … Rebecca?  The one we hired and thought we'd be able to convert to a crunchy green Vermont-style granola?  Well, guess again.  You're not going to believe what she's up to now.

Check out her latest blog entry, something like "Global Warming is Not Caused by Humans".  Hmmph.  She is just not getting it.  There's no room for differing opinions here at Vermont Woods Studios

Not really.  We're having a lot of fun arguing about these things and we love the blogging Rebecca's doing.  She's taught us a lot about website-related issues too.  In fact, she show'd me how to photoshop images, like this one.  Hahahaha!

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We've been following Vermont's Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) insane quest to allow ATVs on the states sensitive forests and wetlands.  We've written to ANR, our legislators, Governor Douglas, Vermont newspapers and other vested parties to try and stop this proposal.

 In spite of the fact that Vermonters have opposed this rule 4:1, ANR is going along with the ATV lobby and trying to complete the last steps toward approval of the ill-advised proposal. 

We need your help!  There is one last chance to be heard.  You can attend a public hearing in the Vermont State House in Montpelier on Nov. 3rd from 10am – 12pm or call or write to our Vermont state legislators to express your opposition. 

Help keep Vermont clean and green!

 

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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.

Today has been designated International Day of Climate Action in a global attempt to raise awareness about the importance of taking action on climate change.  More than 150 nations will participate in rallies, demonstrations, street theatre events, bike rides and other events.

Check your local calendar to see if there's anything you might like to attend.

At Vermont Woods Studios one of our main missions is to raise awareness about the impact your wood furniture, flooring and home-building supplies have on climate change.  Did you know that up to 90% of the imported furniture in the US today is made from wood that is illegally clear-cut from the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests?  And about 20% of global warming is attributed to the destruction of the rainforest.

You can make a difference through the choices you make!  Buy wood products made from sustainably harvested wood grown locally in the USA.

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