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Custom Musician’s Stool Gets Nod From Expert in Comfortable Seating

January 16th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh

Bongo on Greg Goodman's Custom Musician's Stool

We've been working really hard trying to convey through photos, how absolutely gorgeous Greg Goodman's custom musician's stools are.  Somehow the fine art of Greg's choice of figured wood and expert craftsmanship are nearly impossible for an amateur to bring to life through online images. 

I guess Bongo sensed our frustration and was kind enough to jump up on the seat and give us a pose we could actually handle with our limited photographic capabilities.

He felt that portraying the level of comfort and confidence afforded by the stool was more important than the quality and craftsmanship involved.

Cats always have their own agenda.


Custom Walnut Dining Furniture

November 16th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh


Here's a photo of some beautiful custom walnut dining furniture sent to us by Robert T in Connecticut.  Robert basically designed the buffet himself.  He started with our Large Vertical-Buffet Media Center and had us craft it with just one side cabinet instead of two.  He also increased the height of the unit from 60"H to 67"H.  I think it came our beautifully.

Robert also customized our Round Back Chair.  This is a chair we typically offer in cherry only, but Robert called to ask if we could craft it in walnut.  Since we only make this chair style a couple times each year he had to wait, but he was willing to do that and look how nice they turned out!

The dining room set was completed with our Modern Contemporary Dining Table in solid walnut.  The finish for the set is a hand-rubbed Danish oil.  

Congrats to Robert for designing such a beautiful dining set.  Enjoy!

Find more ideas for custom walnut furniture here.


Custom Bookcases From Vermont Woods Studios

November 16th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh


I love it when customers share photos of their furniture after it's been installed in their homes.  It really brings our work full circle and gives us a great feeling about what we're doing.

See the narrow space available Bill P. had for this bookcase?  We customized the width of our Cherry Moon Bookcase so it would fit perfectly into this space.  Bill and his wife wanted doors on the bottom half of the unit too, so we added them.  And we made the unit shorter so it didn't obscure light switches and outlets.





Bill needed another bookcase to be customized for a taller height and without doors.  This one turned out to be just the ticket.

It doesn't take long for me to to fill up the shelves either Bill ;)

We're so happy that you love your new furniture!


Vermont Woods Studios Furniture Featured in New England Home Magazine

November 8th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh

Thanks to editor extraordinaire Erin Marvin, Vermont Woods Studios has once again been featured in New England Home magazine.  Our Modern Equinox Table is showcased as "one of our favorite must-haves for the season" with "curves in all the right places".

We are proud to be recognized in such a prestigious collection of unique and beautiful handcrafted New England furniture.  Thanks, Erin!


Customize Your Furniture to Fit in Your Space

October 20th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh

Cherry-moon-furniture I was just walking a customer through Arrange-A-Room, the software I blogged about in the last post when we realized how helpful it is in customizing your furniture to fit into your space.  Kelly is furnishing her bedroom with a bed, 2 night stands, and some combination of: a chest of drawers, a dresser, a TV armoire, a gent's chest and a sweater chest. 

She's now having fun playing with Arrange-A-Room and is happy to be able to size our furniture up or down to fit perfectly into her layout.

At Vermont Woods Studios we'll customize your furniture, usually at little or no additional expense.  Check it out!


Vermont-Made Drawer Pulls for Your Custom Furniture

October 16th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh

Custom Handmade Drawer Pull
I blogged about our Vermont Woods Studios selection of drawer and door pulls the other day.  We're happy to install your favorite hardware on any of our chests, dressers, cabinets, buffets, armoires and so on.Anyway, I was looking for an American company that makes handcrafted drawer and door pulls so I could provide a link to them for our readers and a customer suggested Knobworks Vermont.  They provide beautiful blown glass, lathe-turned wood and milled brass hardware.  Check them out! 


Custom Door and Drawer Pulls

October 14th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh


If you're shopping for a cabinet or a dresser or really any type of furniture that has doors or drawers, how important is the style of the door or drawer pulls to you? 

Have you ever found a chest or armoire you like, but didn't consider it because the knobs were awful? 

At Vermont Woods Studios, all of our door and drawer pulls are customizable.  You can choose from the custom hardware shown here, or send us your own pulls if you're looking for a more colorful or exotic knob.

I've been looking for a company we can link to that provides American-made, handcrafted door-drawer pulls, knobs and handles you might like, but I haven't found anything yet.  Do you know of anyone? 

I did find a company called Sunburst Knobs that has all kinds of cool knobs.  Theirs are made by artisans in India and each is unique.  Check them out and let me know what you think!


Custom Wood Furniture: Top 10 Ways to get What You Want – Continued

October 10th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh

Continued from yesterday.

  • Select the furniture maker who has crafted pieces most similar to
    what you're looking for.  This is critical.  It's much easier and more
    affordable for them to customize something they've already designed and
    built than to start from scratch.
  • Ask the furniture maker about customizing existing pieces with your
    choice of wood, finish, hardware, dimensions, molding, leg style and so
    on.  Note: there is a big difference between commissioning an original, unique custom work of art and customizing an existing piece of furniture.
  • Discuss wood choices and characteristics with your furniture
    maker.  Are you trying to match this new piece with existing pieces in
    the same room?  If so, you may want to bring in that furniture or
    photos of those pieces to the workshop.
  • Discuss furniture finish with your furniture maker.  Do you want a
    natural oil finish or one that provides more protection against
    moisture and perhaps small hand-prints and such.  Or something in between.  There are many choices to consider.
  • Spend the time upfront to discuss the details of your furniture
    order up-front with your furniture maker.  Remember the old saying,
    "measure twice, cut once".  You don't want to have any surprises when it's time to install your furniture.
  • Have fun and enjoy the process.  Get to know your furniture maker. 
    His or her personality will be a significant part of the meaning of
    your new heirloom!

Custom Wood Furniture: Top 10 Ways to Get Exactly What You Want

October 9th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh


Furnishing your home is an investment.  High quality wooden furniture that's built to last a lifetime is bound to give you a better return than any instrument you can find on Wall Street. 

The idea that custom furniture is too expensive for you is a myth, but if you're going to take the plunge and invest your hard-earned dollars, be sure you do it wisely and get exactly what you want.

Here are some suggestions for success:

  • Avoid big box stores and any furniture store that focuses on selling cheap, imported furniture, aka: curbside furniture (you know where this will be in 5 years).
  • Visit with local furniture makers in their shops.  Examine their work.  Touch it, sit in it and page through their portfolios with them.  You'll be surprised at the quality and diversity of their work!
  • Check references.  Most furniture makers will be happy to connect you with others who have purchased their furniture.  Don't be surprised if those customers invite you come to their homes and see their furniture.  It happens often!
  • Ask the furniture makers where their wood comes from.  Usually it will be local, sustainably harvested wood.  If you're looking for mahogany or another wood that cannot be obtained locally, make sure the wood is green certified by a legitimate organization like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
  • More suggestions tomorrow!  In the meantime, visit Vermont Woods Studios for custom furniture ideas.

Customizing a 2-Tone Trestle Table

September 25th, 2009 by Peggy Farabaugh


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.



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. 




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.




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!