shaker style wood furniture

What most people love about Shaker style wood furniture is that it simply  feels like home. It’s comfortable, subtle, and nostalgic– bringing you back to a time when things were made slowly and with purpose. A time where furniture was always made with precision, care, and quality. It’s unassuming, and while it’s presence is always noticeable, it doesn’t demand the absolute attention of the room. For these reasons, Shaker Style wood furniture is the perfect furniture for the holiday season.

Shaker Furniture Encourages Buying with Purpose

If Black Friday Sales this year are any indication of the shifting in American values (Black Friday sales across the country plummeted while Small Business Saturday sales grew exponentially), than my belief is correct in that American people are growing tired of the craze surrounding low quality, mass produced items. They want simpler things like quality time with the family, a warm comfortable home, and beautifully crafted items to fill it.

Shaker furniture has a long, rich history of sustainability and tradition. In their prime, Shaker communities were largely self sufficient. They attempted to separate themselves from the busy outside world and create a peaceful haven that focused on growing their own food, constructing their own buildings, and manufacturing their own tools and furnishings. Every thing they did they did slowly, meticulously, and with intention.

Honesty, Utility and Simplicity in Shaker Craftsmanship

Their guiding principles of honesty, utility, and simplicity  found expression in their unique craftsmanship, as furniture, boxes, and textiles. Their work is world renowned for it’s beautifully minimalist design and unyielding quality. Their work rejected excessive ornamentation and focused on overall form, proportion, and quality.

The Shaker Style wood furniture we carry at Vermont Woods Studios is carefully crafted by expert Vermont woodworkers who pride themselves on creating beautiful, high quality  pieces built to last a lifetime. Their craftsmanship is a great reflection of the ever cherished Shaker wood furniture.

We hope that this holiday season, you’ll take some time to reflect on your own traditions and values. What kind of items do you want to fill your home with? What are your purchases saying about your values? We can all take a little inspiration from the Shakers, slow down a bit, and connect with what’s important this holiday season!

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.

Small Business
100% of our wood furniture is locally crafted in Vermont. Our woodworkers use as much wood as possible from Northeastern forests, further supporting lumber workers and more.

Support Independent Small Businesses this Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

With all of the excitement surrounding Black Friday this year, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of buying the cheapest items without consideration for where it is made, how it is made, and what are the consequences of that purchase. When you are shopping for great deals this year, remember to shop small on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. This ensures good paying jobs, support for the local community, and much more. Supporting small business doesn’t mean shutting yourself off from the outside world, it simply means putting your money into a locally owned business that uses local resources sustainably, employs their workers at a fair wage, and primarily doesn’t import their products out of the USA! Supporting local takes the money out of the hands of distant corporations and puts it back into the community where it belongs!

When you support a small business, you are paying for someone to go to college, for a little girls dance classes, for someone to put a good meal on the table, and so much more. So enjoy your shopping and challenge yourself to buy at least one independently crafted item this holiday season!

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.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Vermont Woods Studios! We hope that your holiday is safe, cozy, and spent in the company of close friends and relatives. Enjoy your turkey, pumpkin pie and stuffing–and that wonderful afternoon nap! Here’s a little bit about what our Thanksgiving plans are this year:

_DSC0102This Thanksgiving, Ken is headed up north to see “grandma” and to meet up with Peggy! He is thankful for every day of good health!

_DSC0103Michelle is travelling to her brother-in-law’s house in Tyngsboro, Mass (and tending to the boiler here at Stonehurst in Ken’s absence!) She’s is thankful that on a snowy day like today, that she lives walking distance from work!

 

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Douglas is staying local this Thanksgiving and having a big feast with his family and friends. He’s thankful for health, success, and happiness!

 

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Loryn is having a quiet Thanksgiving this year with her neighbor. She is thankful for the wonderful community she lives in!

 

 

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Rebecca is spending Thanksgiving at her mom’s house and is thankful for her beautiful 3 year old daughter!

 

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Nina is having a cozy Thanksgiving at home with her family and she’s thankful for all that she has been given in life!

 

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Kelsey is travelling to New Hampshire to spend time with her grandma, aunt, and other family members this Thanksgiving. She’s thankful for the opportunity to live with her best friends and her dog!

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.

 

Cherry Extension Table

Enhance your Holidays with a Cherry Extension Table!

Hosting a party or feast this holiday season? If so, it’s a great idea to consider an extension table for meals shared with large groups of family and friends! Our cherry extension tables are roomy, comfortable, and classically styled. They are wonderful both aesthetically and functionally, for years and years to come!

All of our Cherry extension tables are crafted in Vermont with sustainably harvested wood– making it the perfect choice for this traditional American holiday season! Our beautiful cherry extension tables are also guaranteed for life, giving you the confidence that this table will be one you share memories around for decades.

We think you’ll be proud to own one of these beautiful, traditionally crafted tables, and we think your friends and family will love it too.

Here are some of our favorites:

1) New England Shaker Round Extension Pedestal Table:

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In the images above you will see our New England Shaker Round table in it’s normal form and extended. On the left is the table without extension, perfect for a small family dinner or a intimate dining experience for two. On the right you will see the table after it’s been extended, an ideal table for large parties and holiday gatherings!

2)  Catalina Cherry Extension Table: 

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With our Catalina Cherry Extension table, you’ll have maximum flexibility when it comes to casual dining and entertaining guests at home for the holidays. In the above photos you can see this extension table in it’s normal form and when extended. On the left side you will see that the Catalina table regularly seats approximately 6 people. When extended, however, this beautiful table seats ten! This table is perfect for both diners with the family and large holiday festivities.

3)  Vermont Shaker Harvest Dining Table

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Our Vermont Shaker Harvest Dining Table is beautiful, charming, and the perfect addition to any home. Use as a regular dining table all year round, and extend the table when having guests. Bread board ends and gracefully tapered legs complete this timeless design. Easily add an extension leaf on one or both table ends for those special occasions, like Thanksgiving dinner, when you need a few extra place settings.

Which of these tables would you use for your holiday festivities? If you loved these, you’ll find dozens more tables in our online gallery!

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.

Cyber Monday Fine Furniture Sale
America’s Top 5 choices for our 2014  Black Friday Fine Furniture Sale.  Save 20% on your favorite designs storewide!

Looking for the best fine furniture sale this Black Friday?  We polled our customers to find out what topped their wish list in fine furniture sales this year. The Top 5 Fine Furniture Features are listed below.  Naturally we’ve put them all on sale!  We’re offering a full 20% off* (plus free shipping) which is our best discount and lowest price ever.  So if you’re finally ready to invest in the fine furniture you’ve always dreamed of, take a serious look.  All of our real wood furniture is 100% American made, built to order right here in Vermont and guaranteed for a lifetime of service to your family.

Craftsman Style Furniture

Our customers’ favorite Vermont made Craftsman Style Furniture is the Cherry Moon Collection.   It’s contemporary Asian design has a light but grounded appearance.  Reverse-tapered legs, posts and an intricate cove under the tops round out the design to give any room a comforting and natural feeling.  Rich black walnut, half-moon drawer pulls complete the design of these natural cherry, maple, and walnut hardwood pieces.

Mission Style Furniture

Traditionally mission style furniture is characterized by rectilinear design, simple, straight construction, heavy proportion and exposed joinery.  It’s typically made with oak wood and given a medium or dark stain. Drawer pulls are often simple round brass rings or rectangular back plates of solid brass with canted corners and an oval bail handle.  But today’s Vermont made mission style furniture incorporates modern contemporary design features and is often crafted of cherry, walnut and maple wood.  You can customize it online to get whichever traditional and contemporary features you like.

Shaker Style Furniture

Vermont craftspeople have mastered the art of simple elegance in their many variations of American Shaker style furniture, ranging from a strict interpretation of the original Shaker pieces to creative versions with modern functionalities, curves and hardware.  Simple aesthetics and sturdy design remain at the heart of today’s Vermont Shaker style furniture.

Natural Cherry Wood Furniture

Natural Cherry Wood is a favorite among our customers as it develops a lustrous, rich reddish brown patina over the years.  Premium quality real cherry wood furniture is hard to find and often imitated (poorly) so don’t be fooled by the imports sporting cherry trade names.  Vermont is well established as the “go to” place to purchase real natural cherry wood furniture.

Black Walnut Furniture

American Black Walnut Wood is the only really dark North American wood. Like cherry it’s a prized, premium hardwood that carries a commensurate price tag.  Vermont woodworkers are specialists in black walnut furniture, handcrafting it from top quality solid walnut wood.

So there you have it, our customer’s Top 5 Fine Furniture Sale categories for Black Friday 2014.  Is there something here for you?  Let us know what you’re shopping for this Black Friday on our Facebook.

 

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.