haker Bedroom-furniture
Vermont has a long history of designing and building Shaker style furniture, which is surprising to some because Vermont really wasn't a hub of the original American Shaker settlements that date back to 1774.  But somehow the craftsmanship and philosophy behind Shaker furniture did take root and spread throughout Vermont during subsequent years and it is alive and well today.

We've gathered together some of the finest Shaker style furniture made in Vermont and indeed anywhere in the world.  We sorted it by room:

and by style/collection:

You'll see that the our Shaker furniture as with the originals is largely based on the concepts
of order, utility and durability.  Initially the Shakers discarded any unnecessary ornament at all, focusing only on clean lines, simple form and proportion.  Our furniture makers have stayed pretty close to those traditional Shaker ideals although you'll see slight embellishments here and there that serve to enhance the style and add visual appeal.

Let us know if you have any questions about our Shaker beds and night stands, Shaker chests, Shaker dressers and mirrors, Shaker armoires, Shaker china cabinets, Shaker dining tables or Shaker dining chairs.

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.

 

 

 

american made bedroom furniture
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.

Wall-street-journal
Many thanks to Emily Maltby of the Wall Street Journal for including Vermont Woods Studios in her story about how small businesses are reacting to the Small Business Jobs Act recently passed by the Senate.  I was telling Emily that we've been fortunate that our business has continued to grow even during the recession.  I attribute that to our customers of course and to the dedication and constant hard work of our team members who are determined to make this American made brand successful.  If we can take advantage of the SBJA, all the better!

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.

Wood-furniture
We've been working hard to raise awareness about where your furniture comes from and how it is made.  Part of our founding mission at Vermont Woods Studios is forest conservation and we've focused much of our attention on preservation of the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests.  

Did you know that up to 90% of the furniture you see in American furniture stores today is made with wood that has been illegally clear cut from the rainforest?  In fact the rainforest is being logged at a rate of about 1 football field per second to satisfy the world's insatiable demand for cheap furniture and flooring. 

Hard to believe isn't it?  But sadly it's true and along with loss of the forest we are losing many species of plants and animals.  Scientists estimate we lose over 100 species every day just due to rainforest destruction.

Vermont Maple Tree
Well, I guess our efforts (and those of many others) to protect the rainforest are beginning to have an effect because China and other overseas manufacturering hubs are beginning to find additional sources of lumber.  Guess where they are getting enormous supplies of wood? 

Would you believe Vermont?  Yes and other places across the USA and Canada.  So here's how it goes:  logs are shipped from the USA to China.  They are fashioned into low quality furniture by workers making about 20 cents/hour.  Then the furniture is shipped back to America for sale where it will hold up for about 3-5 years before it's placed out on the curbside.  Does that sound crazy to you?  I guess that's what they call globalization.

But there are still many small furniture makers in the USA who are fighting to maintain our 200+ year traditions of craftsmanship, style and quality.  Check them out before you head to Ashley Furniture or Bob's Discount.  You'll pay more up front but in the long run you'll save big time, buying high quality American made furniture that will be in your family for generations.

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.

Bedroom-furniture-sale

Manjula just posted our best ever Bedroom Furniture Sale.  Check it out, especially if you're looking for a solid wood bedroom set.  Beds are on sale for 10% off, but matching pieces are 20% off. This is a big sale for us, as our prices are not inflated to begin with.  Twenty percent is the maximum discount we can offer.

Shop online or contact us at 888-390-5571 to find your new handmade bed, nightstands, chests, dressers, and mirrors.  This is furniture you'll never have to replace.  It's all solid wood and handcrafted right here in Vermont. 

Don't wait too long, this sale ends at midnight on September 21.

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.