Our solid wood American Modern Furniture Collection is featured on the front page of Sustainable Woods. Thanks, Nora!

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.

King-sleigh-bed If you’ve always wanted a super luxurious king size, handcrafted sleigh bed this may be a great opportunity for you.  Our furniture is generally made to order and our prices are not inflated so you will rarely see items on sale for 40% off.  This bed happened to be too big to fit in our customer’s bedroom so it was returned to us.  We have no space for it so we’ve put it on clearance sale for our cost.  Have a look!  It’s ready to go and would make an awesome Christmas present, don’t you think?  $1670 today.

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.

Modern-american-bedroom-furniture We've been writing about the fact that up to 90% of the wood furniture you see in America today is imported and furthermore, it is likely that the wood was harvested illegally from one of the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests.  Well, I guess others are beginning to write about that too and happily, we're seeing more and more customers asking about where our wood furniture comes from.

It's not just the environment and the fact that American made furniture is superior in terms of quality that customers are concerned with.  Another part of this equation is that Americans want to support sustainable communities and help provide American jobs.  Over the last 30 years, tens of thousands of jobs for highly skilled furniture makers have been moved overseas, as so called "American furniture companies" have moved their manufacturing operations to China, Vietnam and other third world countries.  In the process, many skilled workers (and their families) in North Carolina, Maine and Vermont have suffered job loss and their once-vibrant communities have turned into ghost towns.

At Vermont Woods Studios Furniture and other American furniture companies like Moosehead Furniture in Maine we're working to restore those high quality jobs and help maintain the tradition of fine handcrafted furniture in America.  You can help us by becoming a fan on facebook or following us on Twitter.  Thanks!

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.

Solid-wood-furniture A customer called yesterday asking if we sold solid wood furniture.  When we explained to him that all of our furniture is handmade of solid wood that is harvested locally and regionally he couldn't believe it.  He had been searching for solid wood furniture for quite awhile and was frustrated by the fact that upon closer inspection, none of the companies he had contacted actually did sell solid wood furniture.

The problem is, there is no universally agreed upon definition for solid wood furniture.  So, as with claims that furniture is American made, we find that so called solid wood furniture is often made of particle board, pressed cardboard and thin sheets of fake wood veneers.

At Vermont Woods Studios we still make our furniture in the USA (in Vermont, actually) and we do indeed make it with solid hardwoods: cherry, maple, walnut and oak.  Give us a call to learn more.

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.

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.