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Over the last 30 years, almost all the big American furniture manufacturers (including La-Z-Boy, Vaughan-Bassett, Broyhill, Drexel Heritage, Henredon, Hickory Chair, Lane, Thomasville, Ethan Allen and so on) have moved their operations overseas to China, Vietnam and other third world countries.  The result has been cheaper prices, lower quality and the emergence of what we call "curbside furniture".

 

But there are still many companies that make high quality fine furniture right here in the USA and Vermont has more than it's share of them.  That's why we call Vermont the Fine Furniture Capital of America.  Throughout the off-shoring movement, only one Vermont furniture company I know of moved it's operations overseas.  The rest stayed here in Vermont remaining true to their values of quality, integrity, sustainability and community.

 

We've profiled a number of these great American furniture makers including Vermont companies like Copeland Furniture and Lyndon Furniture as well as many small, custom, fine furniture makers including Steve Holman, Dan Mosheim, Chad Woodruff and Greg Goodman

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Today I wanted to highlight the work of Kit Clark, a consumate craftsman who specializes in luxury custom rocking chairs.  "Furniture that fits you" is Kit's mantra and he makes custom rockers much like a  tailor would make a custom suit.  Each rocker is designed specifically to fit its owner.  Kit studies a customer's posture, records their measurements and interviews them to understand any subtleties that could be used to enhance the comfort of their rocker.  Then he goes back to the shop and eventually emerges with masterpiece in hand.  Stop by Kit's shop in Ferrisburgh, VT if you get a chance.  I can't think of a more luxurious Made in America Christmas present than a Kit Clark Rocker.

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.

Walnut-wood-slab Walnut wood is one of our customers' favorite woods at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture.   It's a strong, durable, dark chocolate-colored wood with fascinating grain– like swirls, curls and burls. 

 

Recently the most popular designs for walnut furniture have been with natural, organic solid walnut slabs that are huge, heavy and thick.  They make incredible dining and conference tables that are showstoppers when you walk into a room. 

 

Our friend, artisan Greg Goodman made this custom live edge walnut slab table out of a one of the slabs to the left.  I've not seen anything like it. I love the curved base– it gives it a modern contemporary look, don't you think?

 We filmed Greg working on a similar slab table.  If you're interested in these live edge works of art, you have to watch Greg's part in this video about Vermont Woods Studios craftsmen. 

 

 

 

 

Walnut-tableIf you're pricing walnut furniture, you can count on spending about 25% more than for other woods.  Sadly, walnut is becoming rare due to lack of forest management and disease.  In fact a recent blight of something called "thousand cankers disease" is causing great concern about walnut trees all across the country.  It seems walnut wood may not be available much longer.   Same for the beloved walnut– a nut that reportedly boosts your brain power and provides powerful anti-oxidants.

 

 

The walnut trees we're using for live edge slab tables are harvested sustainably, with preservation of the species in mind.  The trees are usually victims of urban development– once they were grand old sentinels along tree lined boulevards but age, concrete and road salt have taken their toll. 

It's nice to see their beauty being preserved forever under the skilled and artful hands of craftsmen like Greg Goodman.

 

 

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.

Lyndon-furnitureHow do you like this custom made mission style table crafted by Lyndon Furniture?

On the way home after Thanksgiving dinner at Gramma's, we stopped by a housewarming party in St Johnsbury, Vermont.  Bill and Peggy C. have just finished a spectacular timber-frame home that's nestled into the top of a mountainside, featuring gorgeous views of the meadows below.

The view of the natural setting is breath-taking, but the scenery inside the home is also awe-inspiring.  The two world travelers have assembled such an interesting collection of art from all around the world!

We were excited to see many pieces of custom furniture that we had crafted for them.  This photo is an octagonal mission style table that Bill designed along with matching mission chairs.

American Mission Table
For the custom table, we started with our American Mission Dining Table.   Bill liked the base pieces so we took 3 of them and arranged them in a triangle to make his base.  Then we changed the top shape from rectangular to octagonal.

I love the way it turned out!  If you're looking for custom furniture at an affordable price, Lyndon Furniture should be at the top of your list.  Give us a call at Vermont Woods Studios and we'll help you find (or design) exactly what you're looking 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.

Custom-trestle-table Here’s another custom dining table built recently by a few talented Vermont furniture artisans.  I love the gentle curves and smooth lines of this table.

This customer brought his vision in as a hand drawing and soon that was transformed into this work of functional art.

Custom furniture is more achievable than you might think!  More luxury custom furniture pieces 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.