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Looking for a custom wooden table for your kitchen, dining room, hallway or living room?  Did you know you can have a table custom made to order at the same price you would pay for a similar table out of a big box store or warehouse?

One of the advantages of buying a custom table is that you can tailor the dimensions to fit precisely into the space you’ve allotted in your home.  Using the drop down menus on Vermont Woods Studios website, you can choose from nearly 80 different solid wood dining tables.  Each table can be ordered in about 25 different sizes or you can call and order a unique custom size.

 

 

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You can also customize the shape of your table top (rectangular, oval, boat, octagon), the shape and height of the table legs, the type of wood used, the finish, the edge profile and more. Want a drawer in the table top?  How about a counter height table?  Because each of our tables is made to order, it’s easy and affordable to customize them.

Vermont furniture makers offer custom tables in many styles and sizes, including farm tables, dining room tables, sofa tables, coffee tables, end tables and ultra luxury artisan designed custom tables.  If you don’t see exactly what you want, give us a call.  We’ll work with you to build a custom table that fits your style and budget.

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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At Vermont Woods Studios we're privileged to work with some of the world's finest craftsmen.  Some of these furniture makers have had a tradition of fine craftsmanship handed down to them through many generations of Vermonters while others have emigrated to our state, attracted by the natural beauty and the close community of artisans living here.

 

   

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One of the passions we all share is a love of the outdoors and a connection to the forest:  the source of our wood.  Vermont furniture makers care immensely about where their wood comes from as this affects not only the look and quality of a piece but also the sense of "karma" that every handmade piece has.  The sustainability of our forests is an important issue to us.

I read this note about forest conservation from friend and sustainable furniture maker Dave Allard recently and wanted to share it:

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In 2008, the US Forest Service reported that the volume of American
hardwoods is 90 percent larger than it was just 50 years ago and nearly
twice as much hardwood grows as is harvested every year. When managed
responsibly hardwood forests are at the least carbon neutral.

American hardwoods are abundant and self-regenerating. For centuries
they have been providing beauty, warmth and functional value for floors,
furniture, moldings, millwork and cabinetry.

Conservation weighs heavily on our minds.  We
have always purchased the finest hardwoods from local, and reputable
sustainable resources. This allows us to virtually hand pick our lumber,
save on the use of large trucks that emit pollutants, thus limiting our
carbon footprint and waste factor overall. We were ‘Green’ before it
was cool.

I agree.  Vermont is not only the fine furniture capitol of America it is also the sustainable furniture capitol of our country.

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.

Are you looking to buy American Made furniture?  One of our customers mentioned yesterday that she finally found us at Vermont Woods Studios after searching high and low for furniture made in the USA.  She was amazed at how difficult it is to ascertain where a piece of furniture is made. 

Kind of like cars… it's nearly impossible to find a definition of US made furniture.  That's because most furniture companies we think of as American are making their furniture overseas (for example, Bassett, Broyhill, Lanye, Lazy Boy, Ethan Allan, Thomasville, Pennsylvania House, Drexel, American Drew, Stanley and others).  Rather than be up front about it, they will often complete the last manufacturing step or two (for example applying the finish) in the USA and will then state that their furniture is Made in the USA.  They lobby against any sort of definitions for the American made label because it does not suit their interest.

 

 

 

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Just so you know, though there are furniture makers left that really do make their furniture 100% in the USA.  Vermont has become the hub of American furniture making over the last 30 years or so, as North Carolina companies have mostly gone overseas. 

Of the 2000 or so Vermont furniture makers, I can think of only two that have a portion of their operations overseas.  That says something about Vermont, don't you think?

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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Ken managed to get me on his Harley this weekend and we drove up to Woodstock to see our friends and colleagues at the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival.   If you haven't been yet, you are missing out!  It's well worth the trip, especially on a beautiful day like we had this year. Here are some pictures of the festival and our trip. 

Here's Bruce Wilkie of On Vermont Time – Beautiful handcrafted clocks and custom furniture.



Harlow's Farm 

Vermont's beautiful Fall produce and flowers are available at farm stands everywhere.  Sadly we had no room to carry any home 😉

 

 

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Many of the finest furniture makers in the state and indeed the country
were at the Festival showing their latest works of art, demonstrating
their craft and offering fabulous deals on handcrafted, Vermont made
solid wood furniture.

Scott Duffy of Rockledge Farm was showing this beautiful walnut table.  It has a soft live edge you can barely see, but it's absolutely gorgeous.

 

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Jim Becker makes incredible windsor chairs, barstools and lots of other beautiful furniture as well.

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This is a new Craftsman bed we're just beginning to carry at Vermont Woods Studios.

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Neal Albert of Shelburne Fine Woodworking makes high end custom kitchen cabinets and a line of custom tables with secret compartments.

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A wooden guitar case from the Vermont Woodworking school.

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More fabulous produce at Harlow's Farm on the way home.

If you were unlucky enough to miss the Vermont Furniture Festival this year, put it on your calendar for next year.  It's always around the last weekend in September.  It's a great destination and the perfect excuse to get outside and enjoy Vermont's colorful Autumn scenery.

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.

Whether you're buying fine handmade furniture at a local store or an online furniture store, you'll want to be able to feel relaxed and confident that your furniture is going to arrive safely at your home, in the same pristine condition that it left the showroom or shop in.  Believe it or not, we spend almost half of our time working with the best professional shippers in the business to make sure that everything goes smoothly with the white glove delivery of your furniture.

 

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The cold cruel fact about high quality handmade furniture is that it's going to take awhile.   We're always looking for ways to improve our efficiency and decrease our lead times though.   So far, we've been able to get it down to an average of about 9 weeks from the date of purchase to the date of delivery.  That may sound like a long time and we're continuously trying to improve, but the reality is that quality does take time.  Here's why:

When you order a piece of furniture from Vermont Woods Studios, it is built to order just for you.  Typically your craftsman will have other orders in his or her queue so it may be a few weeks before he begins crafting your furniture.  Once begun, it may take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete the crafting process, depending on the degree of complexity and the type of finish you have selected.

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As soon as we receive a planned completion date from your craftsman, we begin arranging for our award-winning white glove shipper to pick up your order. If you live in the Northeast, shipping can take as little as a few days, whereas those in California may have to plan for up to 5 weeks (worst case) for shipping. 

We do have shippers who can deliver faster, but with speed comes increased risk of damage.  It's not an absolutely intolerable risk, but it's one we like to discuss with you upon order placement so you can make an informed choice.

And finally, if you're in a hurry you are not out of luck.  You can still order handmade furniture and have it delivered to your home in about a month if you choose from our Quick Craft Furniture Collection.  These are our most popular items that craftsmen make all the time so they can be ready FAST.

Give us a call and we'll find a way for you to get the beautiful handmade furniture you've been longing for within a reasonable time frame.  And remember the furniture you order from Vermont Woods Studios will be in your family for generations.  When you receive it I'm willing to bet you'll say, "it was worth waiting for".

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.