Naturaltreecoatrack
One of the most fun aspects of life at Vermont Woods Studios is working with people from all over the world who share our passion for quirky artisan furniture and rainforest preservation.  Rudie is one of those people.  Emailing us from the far reaches of Norway, up in the Arctic Circle, Rudie began to query us about Coat Tree, a crazy, knarly, coat rack crafted of red maple saplings by naturalist, David Holzapfel.  It must be that you need lots of coats in Norway and your coat rack must have to be inspiring enough to make you want to put your coat on and brave the weather.  I’m not sure, but Rudie was willing to work back and forth with us for quite some time while we worked through the necessities of shipping, customs and so forth.  Coat Rack is now securely crated in what seems to be a bomb-proof crate… just waiting for Rudie to return from his dog-sledding expedition before we send it on its way.  Thanks so much Rudie for your business, but more than that for your confidence in us and your patience with the process.  We can’t wait until you receive Coat Rack and send us a photo of it at work.  We’ll post it here.  A background of the Northern Lights would be nice ;)

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There are lots of advantages to having an office adjacent to the barn on a working horse farm in Vermont, but I think this has to be the best of all:  we’re having a baby soon.  Hopefully this week.  Annette (mother of all horses) and owner of the farm, is going to deliver the foal herself, as she has so many times over the years.  Like Butterfly McQueen’s Prissy in GWTW, I’m eager to help, but entirely ignorant about this sort of thing.  Did you know that once the mare’s water breaks, you have only 15 minutes to get the baby out?  I’m hoping Kari chooses the daytime for ther BIG event, but Annette has cameras and sound monitors installed in the birthing stall for 24-7 surveillance.   Anyway, if you’re on the phone with us and hear neighing in the background, you’ll know the time is getting near.  I’ll post photos of the baby…we’re hoping for a girl!

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.

Guanacastemap The Guanacaste Rincon Rainforest Conservation Area in northwestern Costa Rica is only about the size of New York City and its suburbs, but It contains as many species as do all of the continental United States and Canada!  And like the other rainforests in Costa Rica and around the world, it is under attack by global warming, logging and over-development.  Today I had the privilege of talking with Norm Gershenz director and co-founder of the Center for Ecosystem Survival, aka SaveNature.org.   Since 1987, Norm has been working with zoos and other organizations around the world to support rainforest conservation.  We are proud to join Norm in support of his efforts and have added SaveNature.org to our list of non-profits that will receive the customer referral rewards I wrote about yesterday.  We will also post an Adopt and Acre donation button on our site for you convenience and we'll track the amount of acres saved by our customers on the Vermont Woods Studios website.

With rainforests shrinking as quickly as 70,000 acres per day, the world is losing 50,000 plant, animal and insect species per year. Nearly half of the earth's species will be gone in the next few decades – unless we do something about it.  Time to get onboard The Green Train.  There's not a moment to lose!

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.

A number of non-profits offer a way to “Adopt an Acre of Rainforest”.  For a donation of about $50, you help preserve an acre of forest and in return you usually get a personalized certificate with photos of rainforest, and a subscription to Rainforest magazines and/or newsletters.

We’ve contacted a few of these organizations to see if they would be interested in partnering with Vermont Woods Studios. So for example, when a customer refers someone to us and gets a 5% reward for doing that, we’ll give that customer a choice of either keeping the money or donating it to one of 3 or 4 rainforest preservation non-profits. In return, we would ask the non-profits for a link to us on their website and an opportunity to communicate with their members about what we’re doing. What do you think? If you are a member of a rainforest non-profit, would that work for you? Let us know. We’re interested in measuring our success, and tracking the number of acres of rainforest saved seems like a pretty good indicator.

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.

Help us brainstorm ways to entice you to get onboard The Green Train and help us spread the word about our eco friendly furniture.  If you know people who are shopping for a new dining table & Chairs or bed or media center, we want you to send them to our website. And we want to reward you for that. So let us know what it would take. Currrently we offer a 5% reward to customers who refer their friends to us and we're extending that to you too. So for example, if you refer a friend and that person purchases $5000 in furniture, you receive a check for $250. The cool thing is that you can either take the cash or donate it to one of a number of non-profits that are working to save the rainforest.  Tell us what you think about it and tell us what else we can do to get you on board The Green Train!  The clock is ticking…there's no time to lose.

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.