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If watching your money's wild ride on the stock market's roller coaster is giving you heartburn, we have a suggestion for a fail-safe investment: US made
, handcrafted, solid wood, eco friendly furniture.  Really! 

Did you know that a Chippendale armoire-desk, circa 1770 recently sold at Christie's for over $12,000,000.  A small carved mahogany tea table from the same era fetched nearly $7,000,000. 

OK, that's a couple hundred years for appreciation but 20th century pieces are routinely selling for hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars at leading auction houses, Sothebys and Christies.

So whether you purchase an ultra-luxury, fine, handcrafted, custom furniture piece like a modern day Chippendale or an affordable handmade standard piece like those in the Vermont Woods Studios Classic Shaker furniture collection, you are making a wise and safe investment decision.

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And while furniture makers can't guarantee that their furniture will increase in value at any predictable rate, they do often guarantee against flaws in workmanship and materials for the lifetime of the original owner. 

The best part about investing in fine furniture, however is the enjoyment you and your family will have, sharing meals, conversation and laughter around it for many years and even generations to come. 

We say, "Cheers" to an investment that is- for a change, heart-warming instead of heart-burning.

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 newspaperman extraordinaire, Bob Audette at our hometown newspaper the Brattleboro Reformer who wrote a very informative article about Vermont Woods Studios eco friendly furniture and the artisans who make it.
  Bob placed us right on the front page of the local news section, highlighted the award we received for Best Furniture Website of the Year and included interviews with Jan Bennett, Barb Ackemann of  IrisLines Designs and Tina DuBosque of E-tegrity SEO Consultants.  We appreciate your coverage of our small business and the many people who work to make it the very best place to shop for unique, handcrafted, sustainable furniture.  Thanks Bob!

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT:                    Peggy Farabaugh
Phone Number:            802-579-1302
Email Address:            Info@VermontWoodsStudios.com

Tongue-in-Cheek Nod to Tongue-in-Groove Business for Outstanding Products, Design and Stewardship

VERNON, VT — October 17, 2008 – Vermont Woods Studios’ new website (VermontWoodsStudios.com) was singled out by leading furniture opinion makers at FurnitureQuest.com as the furniture website of the year.
“OK, we don’t actually have a Furniture Website of the Year Award. However if we did, the folks at VermontWoodsStudios.com would unquestionably be the winners!” says author, Joe McKean, General Manager of well-known furniture blog, FurnitureQuest.com.  “This has to be the most impressive website we have seen in years and they specialize in Fine Furniture Made of Sustainable Resources that is Made in America. How can we not be enthusiastic about that?”

Started in response to a business plan competition sponsored by the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation BDCC, Vermont Woods Studios is a cooperative, community-oriented online marketing and sales venue that promotes collaboration and efficiency amongst Vermont’s many small custom furniture makers. The company strives to be a more affordable means of promoting the groups natural, eco friendly, artisan furniture to buyers outside of Vermont.  Today, the website offers a tremendous variety of furniture, crafted by artisans from all over Vermont, with price ranges from affordable to ultra-luxury.

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“It’s the only furniture site on the web that allows buyers to customize their furniture to their exact specifications, often at little or no additional cost,” says Customer Service Specialist, Jan Bennett. “Can you imagine going into Neiman Marcus or Restoration Hardware and asking them to make your dining room table an inch taller or 3.5 inches wider?  Or telling them you’d like to have it in solid, natural cherry instead of the oak veneer model they have on the floor?

At VermontWoodsStudios.com, we make each piece of furniture to order and can easily make modifications to suit our customers’ needs.  Custom furniture is now a luxury available to families who might never have considered it previously.”

The company’s dedication to environmentally friendly sourcing and processing is discussed in their furniture blog, http://vermontwoodsstudios.typepad.com.  “Did you know that 20% of global warming is caused by the destruction of the rainforest?” says owner/operator, Peggy Farabaugh.  “You could be contributing to global warming by unknowingly purchasing imported furniture or flooring made from illegally harvested mahogany or teak that’s been clear cut from the fragile tropical rainforest ecosystem.  In our blog, we provide news, tips and advice to help eco conscious consumers purchase beautiful, affordable, heirloom-quality furniture that is certified as sustainable by independent, non-profit agencies like the Forest Stewardship Council FSC.”

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Media contact:
Jan Bennett at
802-579-1302
greenmission.vt@gmail.com

Acknowledgements:
Tina DuBosque, Ecommerce specialist, E-tegrity Consulting
Barb Ackemann, Web Developer, IrisLines Designs

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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I was reading in the Washington Post last week that the "Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC released data showing that between
2000 and 2006 there have been 180 deaths
involving heavy furniture such as dressers, armoires, and televisions falling
and crushing people. Eighty percent of the deaths involved children younger than
10. 
Last Saturday, a nine-month old in Arizona died
after a television fell and crushed her."  How tragic.  My kids have grown to be taller than our furniture now, but I must admit that when they were toddlers, I never even thought about the dangers that tall furniture can pose to, say a child who might be trying to climb to the top of a dresser by using the drawers as steps.  The article made me do some research into the possibility of offering tip-over restraints with all of our tall furniture, even though our designs are considered "inherently stable".  T
ip-over restraints are nylon straps that are attached to the back of furniture.  You screw the other end of the strap into the wall.  We already supply them on file cabinets, but now we're offering them with any of our tall furniture pieces, such as dressers, chests, armoires, chifforobes, china cabinets, entertainment centers and so forth.  If you have toddlers or know someone else who does, it's worth a stroll through each room in the house to consider the hazards that furniture may pose.  Tip-over restraints, properly installed could save your child's life.  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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Back in September of 2006, Vermont Woods Studios was fortunate to be able to join with a small group of visionary leaders in today's furniture industry in developing the foundation for the Sustainable Furniture Council.  Since then, this non-profit organization has grown rapidly and has tasked itself with
promoting sustainable practices world-wide, among furniture manufacturers, retailers, and
consumers alike.  Members of the SFC pledge their commitment to the following best practices agreement:

We agree with the Sustainable Furniture Council’s beliefs and goals, and
commit to supporting the organization in affecting positive change. We
understand the importance of the triple bottom line profit assessment of
PEOPLE-PLANET-PROFITS representing a healthy balance between social equity,
environmental concerns and local economies.

We seek continual improvement in our products, practices and operations, and
commit to the SFC’s Core Values as summarized:

1. We seek legally-logged wood from vendors who have a verifiable chain of
custody

2. We reduce unsustainable raw resources and known toxic substances in all
phases of our business

3. We recycle in our operations, purchase recycled content and create
recyclable products

4. We reduce and reuse packing/packaging materials and reduce transportation
needs

5. We learn about Life Cycle Analysis as the best measure of a product’s
environmental impact

6. We educate our customers on sustainability and supply them with
meaningful certifications

7. We partner with our employees in making choices for sustainability,
including personal and company energy reductions, paying a Living Wage, and
maintaining high safety standards

8. We contribute to the economic and environmental health of our local and
global communities

This confirms our commitment to advancing sustainable practices throughout
the home furnishings industry.

Prior to making your next furniture purchase, check with your retailer to see if they are members of the SFC.  If not, ask them to join.  The solution starts with each one of 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.