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At 2:30am on Christmas Eve
, our landlord and wonderful supporter and promoter, Annette Roydon was awakened in her c. 1814 farmhouse by the smell of smoke.  She grabbed her cell phone and her dog, Hera and bolted down the stairs and out the front door.  As she was dialing emergency-911 she realized she was standing in the freezing snow and cold with nothing on but a T-shirt.  She had just enough time to run upstairs, snatch a pair of jeans and run out, before the house burst into flames.

Thanks to the quick response of the local Vernon Fire Department and six other fire departments from neighboring towns, the fire was put out by early-morning and no one was hurt.  Although the farmhouse and the adjoining office space which was our showroom were a complete loss, the barn was saved, as were all the livestock including horses, cows and chickens.

Now that several days have gone by and we've been able to get over the initial shock, we are looking at options for moving forward and will keep you posted here on our blog.  Our online Vermont Woods Studios store is functioning just fine, with no interruption, so that much is a big relief.

Annette gives us all inspiration after losing just about every material thing she owned, including valuable artwork, jewelry and family heirlooms that had been handed down to her over many generations.  She said that the outpouring of concern and compassion and the many offers of help were a heart-warming reminder of what Christmas is really all about.  She's unbelievable, isn't she?  Thanks, Annette for your indominatable spirit.

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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Christmas is only 10 days away and if you’ve been stressing over that ultra-special gift with the big WOW factor, you’re probably starting to feel some pressure.  Perhaps the economic uncertainty is weighing into your decision process and you’re hesitant to splurge on extravagances that aren’t really necessary.  Here’s an idea for how you can choose a flashy, splashy custom luxury gift, that’s affordable and practical..and GREEN too.  A furniture gift certificate from Vermont Woods Studios
We’ll enclose it in a beautifully handcrafted, wooden box handcrafted by T. Breeze Verdant, master of exotic inlaid marquetry, and FedEx it out within 24 hours so you can have it under the tree in plenty of time.

A furniture gift certificate can be in almost any amount, large or small.  It’s a practical gift that lets your loved one choose from any of our fine handcrafted, eco-friendly furniture collections, or allows them the opportunity to work directly with an artisan to design a unique, custom, ultra luxury gift they will cherish forever.

So what are you waiting for?  This is one gift you can cross off your list today!

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.

Did you know that a portion of every sale at Vermont Woods Studios goes to charities and non-profits that work to preserve the worlds forests, and the animals and people who live there?  Every December we begin to make our annual donations and today, we are sending a gift to the World Wildlife Fund to support their conservation efforts to save the tiger. 

It seems impossible, but the fact is that wild tiger numbers have dropped from 100,000 to less than 4,000 over the last century, and the remaining tigers occupy only 7% of their historic range.  They are literally teetering on the brink of extinction. 

Although many threats account for the decline of tigers, one serious problem is deforestation and the loss of their natural habitats in India, Southeast Asia, Indochina and Russia. 

 

You can support the conservation of tigers by ensuring that any furniture, flooring or other forest products you buy comes from wood that has been locally and sustainably harvested and/or certified green by the Forest Stewardship Council.

 

Long live the tiger!

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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 If you're like most Americans, you'll be spending more time relaxing and enjoying your home during the coming months and years.  It's a place where we can take refuge from a stressful world of economic instability and find solace and comfort in each other and in our soothing cocoon.  Happily, we can report that one of the main elements of the growing green home design movement is wood.  Natural, renewable, enduring and recyclable wood is coming back into vogue in the form of wood furniture, flooring, paneling, and architectural millwork such as fireplace mantles and molding.

Even as longtime wood advocates, we found it surprising to look at the statistics of how much more environmentally benign wood is when compared to other home building materials such as steel and concrete. Research shows that in terms of energy use, production of greenhouse gases, air and water pollution, production of solid waste and overall ecological resource, wood is  up to 1900% greener than steel or concrete!

Amazing not just for its natural beauty, wood is also incredibly versatile in its ability to be carved, shaped, bent or molded into an endless variety of shapes and designs.  And anyone who collects antiques knows that wood furniture, properly cared for, can last hundreds and even thousands of years.

When selecting wood for your home decor projects and furniture, be sure it has been sustainably harvested.  Ask you vendor where the wood originated and if it has been green-certified by the Forest Stewardship Council FSC, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative SFI, the American Tree Farm System or equivalent.

Vermont Woods Studios. 

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 our customers, friends and colleagues who stopped by to see us in our booth at the Boston GreenBuild conference last week.  We were inspired to join you, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa who delivered the keynote address, and over 800 green companies and 28,000 attendees, all working towards a the vision of a greener planet. 

It was an honor for us at Vermont Woods Studios to be representing our state's finest furniture makers alongside Kathleen Wanner of the Vermont Wood Manufacturer's Association and Bruce Wilkie of Lyndon furniture. 

We appreciate the warm greetings and compliments we received regarding our fine, handcrafted, solid wood furniture display and we look forward to working with many of you in the near future.

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.