Vermont Handmade Shaker Bedroom Furniture
Where is the handmade wood furniture capitol of the USA?  Would you be surprised if I told you it was Vermont?  Many people are: they think of North Carolina as being the center of American made furniture and thirty years ago it was.  But times have changed. 

Over the past three decades, North Carolina companies have outsourced the vast majority of their furniture making to China and other third world countries.  Big name furniture makers that we associate with the American made brand like Thomasville, Drexel Heritage and Broyhill are no longer making much furniture in the USA.

 

 

Vermont, with an unofficial count of some 2000 furniture makers has stepped in to become the fine handmade wood furniture capitol of America.  Take a tour through Vermont's country roads and you'll find small workshops dotted throughout the countryside with old-world proprietors ready to welcome you into our world of traditional handmade furniture making. 

Fine handmade wood furniture is an investment you will always be able to enjoy and pass down to your family for many generations.  Check out Vermont Woods Studios to see a sampling of Vermont's fine furniture makers and give us a call to arrange a tour of woodworking shops in our state that offer the type of high quality fine furniture you've been longing 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.

American furniture

Are you spending more time at home these days and less time going out? If you're burrowing in for the winter, maybe now is the time to curl up on the couch, take a look at the furniture in your nest and think about where it actually came from.  See how well it meets this totally biased, arbitrary and unscientific test.

If your furniture is:                                                                                   Give Yourself

  1. Made in America:                                                                                 10 points
  2. Made of local woods and materials:                                                      30 points
  3. Handmade by local craftspeople:                                                          40 points
  4. Has non-toxic finish:                                                                               5 points
  5. Made of sustainably harvested woods and/or other organic materials:    10 points
  6. Imported from China, Vietnam, India or other third world countries:    -100 points
  7. Made from illegally harvested rainforest woods like mahogany, teak:    -100 points

What was your score?  It's hard to even know because chances are there is nothing on the furniture to provide this information.  It's a good bet, however that if you didn't go out of your way to buy American and you don't know where it came from, your furniture is probably imported, made from illegally harvested rainforest wood and crafted by slave laborers making pennies per hour.

We're trying to encourage consumers to buy American furniture, that's handcrafted here in the USA from local sustainably harvested woods, by people making a livable wage.  Oddly enough, the price is roughly the same either way. 

Check out our American made furniture at Vermont Woods Studios and compare.

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.

Bow-front-chest
The talented craftspeople of Vermont Woods Studios have been busy designing several new furniture pieces that we're showcasing as we begin the new decade.  Check out these two new furniture collections online:

The Green Mountain Furniture Collection
The Modern Bow Front Furniture Collection

Curves are back… yeah!  The Green Mountain Furniture Collection has drawers that are slightly concave, curving inwards and

The Modern Bow Front Furniture Collection has curved drawers that that bow out slightly as shown.

They remind me of the simple but graceful furniture my grandparents had.  I've always loved these styles and am so glad they're making such a strong comeback.  Many thanks to the dedicated and creative artisans who make them!

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.