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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.

 

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We're working with a customer who's shopping online for a large custom entertainment center.  He saw our Vermont Made Shaker Entertainment Center on our website and it was pretty close to the style he and his wife were looking for. 

It's funny… everybody has their own feelings about ordering furniture online.  Some customers prefer to order online because it's convenient and they have so many choices.  Others really need to see it, feel it and maybe sit in before buying.

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But lots of customers are finding a middle ground in interesting and creative ways.  This customer (a fellow woodworker, as so many of our customers are) is making a cardboard mock-up of the TV-Media Center so he and his wife can see how it will fit in their home.  We're working on the dimensions now, adding a few inches here and there to accommodate his flat screen TV.  He'll adjust his mock-up as we do this, until the size and proportions are exactly right for their TV, AV and media.  Then we'll get started on crafting the real thing.

What strategies do you use to help shore up your confidence in buying furniture online?  I hope you'll share them with 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.

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More and more customers are contacting us these days looking for non-toxic, natural furniture.  For some people natural products are just an integral part of their lifestyle while others are trying to cope with newly-identified sensitivities and allergies they are tracing back to home furnishings and flooring.

I thought it might be helpful to list some of the questions one should ask when purchasing natural eco furniture:

  • What type of wood is used?
  • Where does the wood come from?
  • How is the wood processed?  Are chemicals used in processing?  What kind of chemicals?
  • What type of finish and/or stain is used?  Is it a low VOC or no VOC finish-stain?  Can you supply an MSDS (material safety data sheet) for the finish?
  • What type of glue is used?  Is it non-toxic?  Does it contain formaldehyde?  MSDS available?
  • Where is the furniture made and by whom?
  • How is the furniture packaged for shipment?

If you have any questions or want to discuss the issues of natural, non-toxic furniture, give us a call or email us at Vermont Woods Studios.  We'll be glad to help!

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 the congressional bipartisan Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests issued its report highlighting the fact that we cannot win the battle against climate change without protecting the world's forests.  Hmmm.. seems like what we've been saying right here for YEARS.

Read more about it in the commission's report.

Here are a few frightening facts we've put out before that were reiterated by the Commission:

  • 17% of all carbon emissions released into the atmosphere are a result of destruction of the world's forests
  • 50,000 square miles of forest, an area larger than the state of Pennsylvania disappear every year due to forest devastation.

Can you believe that?  How many Pennsylvanias do we have to spare?

As wood furniture makers, we feel responsibility in the area of forest stewardship.  We are contacting our representatives in congress to urge them to read, understand and take action on the findings of the Commission's report.  We hope you will 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.

Wanted:  someone who loves hanging out on the Internet but can tolerate working with real people in person too.

Vermont Woods Studios is poised for growth.  Our newly re-designed website is getting indexed.  Customers are coming back to us for repeat business and referring their friends, neighbors and relatives.  We're starting to have a greater presence on the Internet and our Vernon-based furniture showroom is nearing completion.  So we're looking for help in expanding our business.

What we need right now is someone to work part-time in our Vernon VT office helping to add new products to our website.  It doesn't take a lifetime of website development experience but it does require advanced computer and Internet proficiency.  And attention to detail. An obsession with online shopping might help too.  If you're interested or know someone who might be send us an email with resume and references attached. 

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.