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Handmade Vermont farmhouse tables are a good reflection of the creative and frugal nature of New England's most passionate Yankee craftsmen.  If you've driven through our Green Mountain state lately you've probably noticed the sad demise of some of our historic barns and buildings.  Over 200 years of wind and rain and snow have left these antique treasures in desperate need of rebirth. 

Lucky for them, Vermont has many talented craftsmen who've taken on the mission of reclaiming the old barnwood boards and timbers and milling them into beautiful farmhouse tables.  "Old wood – new life!" as our friend and expert craftsman Raphael Groton says.

Can you imagine the amazing qualities of wood that make it as beautiful, strong and durable today as it was 200 years ago?  And even after standing out in the rain and snow all that time? 

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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Five years ago who would have ever even considered buying high end furniture online?  Probably not many but several factors have been changing that. Today you can buy almost anything online and the process for buying furniture just keeps getting better and easier.  Here are a few things to consider if you're shopping for fine furniture online:

  


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Quality, Style and Price
– Shopping online opens up a whole new world of choices when it comes to furniture quality, style and price.  Even if you're planning to buy your furniture at a local brick and mortar store, you'll benefit from researching these options online and learning how they affect each other.  You can also get an idea of what prices are fair and reasonable, as prices for the same piece of furniture can vary unbelievably from store to store.

 

 


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Customization
– Big box stores don't typically offer customization but smaller local stores usually do and so do many online furniture stores.  A lot of our customers who live in Boston, Manhattan and other cities need to have their furniture customized to fit small spaces and we're happy to accommodate that.  Custom furniture is not necessarily any more expensive than catalog furniture, especially if we're working off an existing design that just needs to be sized up or down to fit into your space.

 


Satisfaction Guaranteed
Lead Time
– Buying furniture online often means factoring in additional lead time for crafting and/or shipping.  For example, at Vermont Woods Studios the average time between order placement and delivery to your home is about 6 weeks.  That can vary depending on the particular pieces of furniture ordered, the degree of customization and the customer's location. 

One last thing:  online furniture stores have had to really focus on customer service in order to survive.  The Internet provides such an accessible forum for reviews of our quality that there is no room for mistakes or less than stellar customer service.  This is a great thing for both customers and the industry.  It raises the bar for online and brick and mortar stores alike.

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've been working hard to raise awareness about where your furniture comes from and how it is made.  Part of our founding mission at Vermont Woods Studios is forest conservation and we've focused much of our attention on preservation of the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests.  

Did you know that up to 90% of the furniture you see in American furniture stores today is made with wood that has been illegally clear cut from the rainforest?  In fact the rainforest is being logged at a rate of about 1 football field per second to satisfy the world's insatiable demand for cheap furniture and flooring. 

Hard to believe isn't it?  But sadly it's true and along with loss of the forest we are losing many species of plants and animals.  Scientists estimate we lose over 100 species every day just due to rainforest destruction.

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Well, I guess our efforts (and those of many others) to protect the rainforest are beginning to have an effect because China and other overseas manufacturering hubs are beginning to find additional sources of lumber.  Guess where they are getting enormous supplies of wood? 

Would you believe Vermont?  Yes and other places across the USA and Canada.  So here's how it goes:  logs are shipped from the USA to China.  They are fashioned into low quality furniture by workers making about 20 cents/hour.  Then the furniture is shipped back to America for sale where it will hold up for about 3-5 years before it's placed out on the curbside.  Does that sound crazy to you?  I guess that's what they call globalization.

But there are still many small furniture makers in the USA who are fighting to maintain our 200+ year traditions of craftsmanship, style and quality.  Check them out before you head to Ashley Furniture or Bob's Discount.  You'll pay more up front but in the long run you'll save big time, buying high quality American made furniture that will be in your family for generations.

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 adding a new line of furniture at Vermont Woods Studios.  It's called the Modern American Furniture Collection. Check out this  mid-century style buffet.  It's handcrafted in Vermont from solid black walnut wood.  Kind of a blend of Art Deco and Scandinavian design, don't you think?

This is a brand new collection with new pieces emerging over the next few months.  Check back often to see the collection evolve.

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 just renewed our annual membership with the World Wildlife Fund, one of my all time favorite charities.  Our obvious link with WWF (panda.org) now, is through our mutual efforts in forest conservation, but I've been a WWF fan since log before Vermont Woods Studios was born.  They've been one of the most effective major global players in conservation efforts supporting oceans, rivers, forests, endangered species and more for generations. 

If you're looking for a special gift for someone who loves nature, check out World Wildlife Fund's gift and adoption programs.  They make shopping easy, especially for the person who has everything.

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.