Earth Day is just around the corner, on April 22.  This year is a Big Milestone:  the 40th anniversary of Earth Day so I thought you might want to do something special to honor Mother Nature.  How about planting a tree? 

As makers of wood furniture, we at Vermont Woods Studios are all about tree planting and hugging and such.  I love this website, called Trees Are Good.  It's run by the International Society of Arboriculture in Champaign, IL.  In addition to extolling the many environmental benefits of trees (like moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water, and harboring wildlife) they also point out virtues like beauty, serenity and tranquility:

"We feel serene, peaceful and restful in a grove of trees.  Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their room offers a view of trees." 

Amazing isn't it?  

Trees Are Good has lots of advice on how to plant a tree, what kind of trees to select, care for trees, pruning, feeding, mulching, pest control and much more.  Check it out!

Next Thursday, a week from today I hope you'll consider planting a tree in your yard or perhaps in someone else's yard as a gift.  Maybe you have someone you'd like to honor or remember with your new tree.  Trees make a beautiful and enduring memorial. 

Happy Earth Day.

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.

Vermont Furniture Contest Award Winner
The Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association recently announced the
2010 Bi-Annual Furniture Design Competition, the Seventh Annual Vermont Student Woodworking Design Competition, and the Green Design Challenge.  Mark the date!  Woodworkers of all levels will gather at the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival at the Union Arena in Woodstock, where the Design Competition exhibit will be on display Saturday & Sunday, September 25-26, 2010.

On-site judging will take place that weekend and everyone is invited to an awards reception on the evening of Saturday, September 25.
Students and professionals can come together to network and show everyone their best work from that year. Great prizes for first place winners!!

Woodworkers, furniture makers and artisans, contact Erin at VWMA to enter.

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.

Vermont-Forest

A few scenes from the woods of Vermont on this beautiful Easter Morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tree-saplings  

 

 

  Happy Easter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Computer Workstation: Desk, Bookcase and Hutch

We just received this photo from one of our craftsman.  Wouldn't this computer workstation help you organize your home office and work more efficiently?

The unit is made of sustainably harvested, solid cherry wood and it has a non-toxic lacquer finish that provides great protection from the rigors of all that hard work you're doing at home. If you accidentally  spill a cup of coffee (or glass of wine) on it, it's none the worse for wear.

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.

Coppers Angel

You remember that our office resides on Annette's organic horse farm in Southern Vermont, right?  Or it used to anyway.  We were evicted by a Christmas Eve fire over a year ago.  But this Spring is bringing us many joys to celebrate.  One is that we'll be able to move back into our offices soon.

Another is that we have a new baby in the barn next to us!  He was born 3 days ago and his name is Copper's Angel.  Copper is proudly looking after him here, as is her obstetrician, Annette.

Look how big he is!  Annette estimates he was around 140 pounds at birth.  The photo was taken about 2 hours after birth.

Today he was outside in the pasture with his mother, galavanting around, jumping up on all fours and bucking like a bronco.  It's hilarious to watch him– a glorious sign of Spring after a long, cold winter.

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.