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Cherry wood furniture is a favorite among our customers and people are always asking where the wood comes from. We source as much wood as we can locally, preferably right here in Vermont. But cherry wood isn't a big component of the Green Mountain Forest.  There are a few cherry trees here and there across Vermont, but Pennsylvania is really the Cherry Capitol of the world and that's where we get most of our cherry wood. It is arguably the finest cherry wood on earth and is prized for its lovely red color, grain and luster.

Fortunately for us, in 1995 the state of Pennsylvania had the foresight to protect and preserve a great deal of their cherry wood resources.  They committed to maintaining the state forest system sustainably and began green certifying it, by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC. FSC is considered the gold standard in third party certifications of forests so we can be confident that the forests providing our cherry wood will be around to enjoy for many generations… just like our cherry wood furniture.

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.

Vt-made-bedroom We send our Vermont Made Furniture all across the country and we're always excited to see how it looks as installed in our customers' homes.  We are very grateful to Polly D. for sending us these photos of her lovely home, filled with many pieces of the Cherry Moon Furniture Collection which she's been acquiring over the years.  This is the Cherry Moon Bed, shown with the Cherry Moon 1-Drawer Nightstand and the Cherry Moon 5 Drawer Chest.

    

 

Custom Cherry Moon Coffee Table
Here is a photo of Polly's living room, showing a custom Cherry Moon Coffee Table and a Cherry Moon End Table.

  

       

 
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And here's a photo of a different custom Cherry Moon Coffee Table.

  

   

   

   

   

   

     

 

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Polly's Vermont-made Shaker cherry dining table and Mission chairs
have a very different style than the Cherry Moon pieces, but the cherry
wood really ties it all together, doesn't it?  Well that and Polly's  interior decorating skill.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into Polly's home as much as I did.  Thanks for sharing the photos, Polly!

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.

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We often take weeks or even months to pick out our furniture and make sure it's perfect for our family and our home.  But have you ever wondered where your furniture comes from?  More and more people are feeling that the origin and crafting of their furniture is just as important as the look, style and feel of it.  Families want to know that they have made a socially and environmentally responsible choice with regard to how their furniture is made.

Over the past several years, over half of our handcrafted furniture has been made with natural cherry wood.  It's not a species that grows very well in Vermont so we use wood from the Allegheny forest region of Pennsylvania, which is known for its sustainable forest management practices.

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A few facts about natural cherry wood, courtesy of the American Hardwood Information Center:

  • Cherry is a fruit tree, of course
  • The average cherry tree height is 60 to 80 feet
  • Cherry trees can live to the extreme ages of 150 to 200 years
  • American Colonists used the cherry tree for its fruit, medicinal properties and home furnishings.
  • They mixed cherry juice with rum to create Cherry Bounce, a bitter but highly favored cordial.
  • The bark was used in the production of drugs to treat bronchitis
  • Cherry stalks were used to make tonics
  • Surprisingly, cherry trees belong to the rose family

Find natural cherry dining tables, natural cherry china cabinets, cherry armoires and other natural cherry furniture at Vermont Woods Studios.

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.

Custom-Trestle-Table

Rebecca, our new Vermont Woods Studios Furniture graphic designer has been working back and forth with a customer this week on a customized dining table.  Adam liked our Oval Trestle Table shown on the website in maple, but he wanted it in a 2-tone combination of cherry and walnut wood.

 

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The first idea Adam wanted to try was a solid walnut base with a cherry table top.  Rebecca photo-shopped this image for him, but they both thought is was a bit too much walnut for his space. 

 

 

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So they toned down the walnut some with this version where the table was almost all cherry except for walnut feet, trestle and buttons over the trestle joints.  Still too much walnut for Adam's taste.

 

 

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Rebecca then emailed Adam this option and it turned out to be the Goldilocks version–not too much walnut, not too little, it was just right.  I like it a lot and am hoping Adam will send us photos of his dining room once the new table is installed.

 

 

Looking for custom furniture or customized furniture?  Check out our Vermont Woods Studios furniture website for ideas and give us a call.  Ask for Rebecca.  She'll show you how to customize our furniture for your space and taste.  It's easy, affordable and lots of fun! 

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.