November 17th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Perhaps the most rewarding part of our fine furniture business (or any business, I would imagine) is when a customer becomes a friend. This is a story about a friendship that developed between our staff and a family who lives in Alaska.
The truth is… the process of ordering handcrafted, made to order furniture is a (relatively) long one. Sometimes it takes 8 weeks or more for crafting a dining room set. After that shipping can take a couple additional weeks (depending on a customer’s distance from our workshops in Vermont) because “faster is not always better” when it comes to moving fine furniture.
So during this period we get to know our customers pretty well. We communicate back and forth regularly about our progress and about the schedule and logistics for delivery. Occasionally our conversations about logistics include personal details and once in a while this leads to a special friendship which develops unexpectedly. Such was the case with the family of Jeff F who recently sent us this kind note:
We recently purchased a dining room table and chairs from Vermont Woods Studios. We looked around before we made our selection, both online and in local stores. Although we had not made a purchase previously from Vermont Woods Studios, we made a leap of faith and ordered from them, as they seemed to offer the materials, design, and craftsmanship we were looking for.
It’s not often these days that people exceed your expectations, but ours were exceeded in all respects. The staff at Vermont Woods Studios was informative, knowledgeable, and responsive. Communications, estimated ship dates, and follow up all were timely and accurate. When the furniture pieces arrived, they were just as we had hoped. Each piece was extremely well-crafted. Joints were flawless. The cherry wood was gorgeous and the grain was very well-matched. The finish was nearly luminescent.
We found the people at Vermont Woods Studios wonderful to work with, and our experience could not have been more positive. They went out of their way to help and accommodate us at every turn. We have recommended them to friends without any hesitation, and I’m certain that we’ll be ordering additional pieces of furniture for our home.”–Jeff F.
Thanks, Jeff. Your letter made our day and reminded us what our jobs are all about. Cheers– to many happy moments shared together around your Vermont made dining furniture!
November 15th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
When I was a kid, eating dinner around the table was an everyday thing. We didnt go our separate ways and eat dinner on the couch, we made it a habit to spend this quality time together just chatting and enjoying our food around the table. This tradition of my families has made me an advocate for spending time making sure that the dining room is a comfortable, well designed space.
Our Mid Fall Dining Room sale is the perfect time to purchase American Made dining furniture for your dream dining room. With dozens of styles and collections, we’re sure to have furniture pieces that your family would absolutely love to spend time around.
From November 15th to November 25th, you can save up to 20% on our handcrafted dining room furniture. Buy one piece and save 10%, buy two pieces and save 15%, or buy three or more pieces and save 20%! Plus, free shipping and lifetime guarantee!
Shop for your new dining room furniture securely, easily, and conveniently from our online store. Or if you prefer contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont made, fine wood furniture.
*Sale does not include Copeland, Polywood, or Artisan furniture!
August 22nd, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Our friends (and shipping partners) Anthony, Tony and Henry brought in two truckloads of Vermont handmade furniture for Stonehurst today and most of it is in walnut and cherry wood. We now have several walnut dining furniture pieces, including this Bistro Table, the Classic Shaker Chair #2 and the American Mission Chair.
Have you noticed that real, solid black walnut dining furniture is becoming rare? If you’ve been shopping and find yourself unimpressed with what you see, there’s a reason for that. Disease and global warming are taking their toll on American black walnut trees, as we’ve described in previous walnut blog posts. Much of the walnut you’ll see in mainstream furniture stores is either imported wood that’s stained dark or walnut sapwood that’s steamed to look like heartwood. Our craftsman, Robin captured my feelings exactly: “natural dark heartwood walnut is so beautiful, nothing compares”.
Fortunately for those searching for real walnut furniture, our craftspeople at Vermont Woods Studios specialize in finding high quality, natural wood that’s been sustainably harvested. The flip side of course is that, because of the relative rarity of walnut, there is a price premium which can be anywhere from 15%-30% per piece.
Almost every piece of furniture on our website can be custom made in walnut, even if the feature photos show cherry, oak or maple wood. Browse through walnut wood furniture photos here.
August 20th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Vermont is known for the quality, variety and style of it’s handmade solid wood dining chairs. As we fill our new Stonehurst showroom up with furniture, Douglas is trying to provide lots of different examples of chair styles and woods. We have 37 different dining chairs on our website and most of them are available in a couple different types of hardwood. The best sellers are available for you to sit in and check for comfort and style.
I snapped this photo because it shows the 4 most popular hardwoods for dining chairs and customers often ask for advice on how to choose the best one. From left, the chairs are the:
You can see that the cherry wood chair (far left) has a deep, rich reddish tone whereas the darker walnut chair (3rd from left) is chocolate brown in color. The oak chair (2nd from left) is a lighter wood but it still has lots of grain pattern in it. The maple chair (far right) is the lightest wood, with minimal grain variation.
So how to choose the right wood color for your kitchen or dining room? Well, of course you’re going to want to consider what your dining table is made of. And how the chairs will fit into the rest of your dining area. But don’t feel you have to match the chairs to the type of wood in your dining table or on your floor. Here’s an example of mixing woods that interior designer, Susan Jay put together with our Modern High Back Dining Chairs. Susan used 2 different woods (cherry and walnut) for her chairs and she customized them by sending us a bold, vibrant fabric to upholster them with.
Are you looking for a special color or stain for your wooden dining chairs? Well as a general rule, Vermont craftsman are going to try and persuade you to love and accept the unique beauty that Mother Nature has bestowed upon her different wood species. They (and we) will tend to recommend natural, clear wood finishes that allow the beauty of the wood to express itself. We do however, understand the need for custom stains and finishes and can often accommodate special requests. Try browsing through our dining chairs — many have a pull down menu of stain options. If you don’t find what you want, give Liz or Sean for help. They’re experts at helping customers get exactly what they’re looking for.
May 10th, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Every day, multiple times a day, we sit down to eat a meal. Most people do not eat lunch at home, but lunch aside, you probably eat breakfast and dinner at home. Where in your house do you eat these meals? Do you sit at the table? Eat over the counter? Sit in front of a TV? An increasing amount of articles, which you can read here, here and here, state that those who eat in front of the TV are more likely to be obese.
You may be wondering, “why is a furniture retailer writing about the correlation between TV watching and obesity?” Let me make the connection for you: we sell dining furniture. It’s time to break that habit of sitting on the couch to eat dinner. Perhaps a new solid wood table and hardwood dining chairs would be an incentive to start having meals in your kitchen or dining room again.
Our dining room furniture is available in a variety of designs, shapes, and wood types, so there is something in our online gallery to fit any home’s style. All of our pieces of dining furniture are crafted in Vermont using sustainably harvested hardwoods. Each piece is built to order, so you can customize the piece to fit your needs. Whether you’re just looking for a small table to fit in the corner of your kitchen, or you’re looking for an extension table so you can host the next family holiday, our craftsmen can craft what you need.
Right now all of our dining room furniture is on sale! This is a buy more, save more sales event. Take 10% off one piece, 15% off two pieces, and 20% off three or more! It’s easy to earn the 20% off discount with this sale; a solid wood table and two dining chairs would do the trick! Plus, all of our dining furniture is backed by a lifetime guarantee.
Browse our online gallery (not while you’re eating, we hear that’s linked to obesity too) for your new hardwood dining furniture. If you have any questions for our fine furniture specialists, feel free to contact them.
February 24th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
We work with fine furniture makers from all across the state of Vermont, representing their work for sale in our online furniture store as well as in our small Vernon, Vermont showroom. In getting to know these craftspeople and their work we’ve seen a unique “Vermont Style Furniture” emerge which is quite different from furniture made in North Carolina, Pennsylvania or any other furniture region of America.
I’ll take Vermont dining furniture for example, since it’s on sale this week. I think most furniture aficionados would categorize our dining furniture as belonging to one of these styles: Shaker, Mission, Arts and Crafts, Craftsman, Modern, Contemporary, Traditional or Transitional. In spite of the diversity of designs and the personalization that each craftsperson adds to their furniture, there are some commonalities that add up to the unique “Vermont style” that’s become so iconic.
First and foremost is the natural, wood character of the furniture. Vermont craftspeople tend to eschew the dark stains often seen on trendy furniture, preferring instead to focus on the natural beauty of the wood. Second is the embracement of simple, elegant styles such as the Shaker, craftsman and mission styles.
Whereas once fine Vermont made furniture was embellished with intricate hand-carvings, now the trend has been reversed. I think the advent of CNC routers was the main driver of this reversal. It became so inexpensive to produce carved detail with CNC machines in China that– in many customers’ minds– those details became less representative of fine craftsmanship and more indicative of mass production.
Vermont has always been about authentic craftsmanship and what we see here in the Green Mountain State is a consistent focus on quality, integrity and natural beauty. That’s what continues to set Vermont style furniture apart from products coming from other states and countries. What do you think of Vermont style furniture? We’d love to know. Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook.
February 22nd, 2013 by Kelsey Eaton
Your first attraction to a hardwood dining table is the color of the wood. When shopping for a new dining or kitchen table, you probably have a color or wood type in mind before you have thought about a size or a style- and that’s okay! When it comes to tables looks matter. Our online gallery mostly shows our furniture in natural cherry wood, but our tables are available in 4 types of wood: cherry, walnut, maple, and oak. Below you will find a little bit of information about each of our wood types and how they look.
Cherry wood is commonly identified by it’s beautiful reddish color that improves with age. Natural cherry wood starts out as a light red tone, and darkens to a richer tone over time. Cherry is one of the most sought after furniture hardwoods in the United States.
Walnut wood is easily recognized because of it’s dark chocolate brown color. Black walnut wood is the only dark North American wood, which adds to it’s appeal as a rare, luxury type of wood. Walnut wood has become one of the most popular wood species for organic live edge tables.
Maple wood is much lighter than cherry or walnut wood. It is a white looking wood with a slight reddish-beige undertone. Maple wood typically has an understated straight grain, giving maple furniture a smooth finish. Maple is a perfect wood for a table because of it’s strength and resistance to shock.
Oak wood is very classic. People have been making furniture out of oak wood since the beginning of time, and is most often used for craftsman-style furniture. Oak is a lighter wood, similar to maple, but has a more pronounced grain. It is common to find contrasting grain on a piece of real oak furniture. This rugged wood has very subtle color change over time.
All of these woods are very strong and make durable tables, so you can’t go wrong. Our hardwood dining tables are skillfully crafted for style, function, and generations of use. Each piece is made with sustainably harvested hardwoods. Once you decide which type of wood best fits your home and your aesthetics, use the drop down menus in our online gallery to choose between natural cherry, walnut, maple or oak wood.
During our Winter Dining Room Furniture Sale, you can big on a new dining furniture. Save 10% on one piece, 15% on two pieces, or 20% on three or more pieces of furniture. Plus, each piece is backed by a lifetime guarantee and we will ship it for free!
Shop for your new dining room furniture securely, easily, and conveniently from our online gallery. If you prefer, contact us at 888-390-5571 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our Vermont made, fine wood furniture. Our fine furniture specialists are also available through our live chat option or by email.
November 1st, 2012 by Kelsey Eaton
Authentic, solid wood dining furniture can be difficult to find. The Internet often times misleads customers into thinking that all furniture websites carry real hardwood dining furniture. Most of the time the “real” wood furniture is really just plywood painted to look like the real thing. At Vermont Woods Studios we work extremely hard to educate our customers about quality wood furniture, and make them aware of the benefits of buying it.
All of our fine wood furniture is crafted in Vermont using sustainably harvested natural cherry, maple, oak, or walnut woods. The premium hardwood converts beautifully into dining furniture, which has the durability to last for generations. In fact, we are confident enough in our dining furniture that we back it with a lifetime guarantee!
If you’ve been thinking about new hardwood dining furniture, let us help you find the perfect pieces. Our online gallery offers 60 tables, and almost as many chair styles, so we’re sure you can find the perfect dining furniture for your home. If you’re unsure about what type of table shape is best for your home, be sure to read our recent blog post “Selecting the Right Dining Table Shape for your Home Decor.” Additionally, our furniture specialists would be happy to assist you through our live chat option on our website, or over the telephone.
For the next two weeks our American Made dining furniture is on sale! You can save big on our natural hardwood dining tables, chairs, hutches, and buffets in a variety of styles. This sale is a great opportunity to add a piece of furniture to your existing dining set, or to completely transform your dining room. If you’re planning to upgrade all of your dining furniture, check out our handmade dining furniture sets. Save 10% on one piece, 15% on two pieces, and 20% off three or more pieces, plus free shipping! Start browsing our online gallery securely, easily and conveniently today. If you prefer, contact us at 802-275-5174 to order by phone or discuss your questions about our furniture. This sale ends at midnight on November 13th.
September 5th, 2012 by Kelsey Eaton
September has arrived, and with it, the feeling that fall
has begun. In Vermont, the signs
of fall are: pumpkins replacing summer berries at the farm stands, pick your
own apple signs, and of course, leaves coloring our landscape. The last of the
harvest brings us some of our favorite seasonal treats, like apple cider and
pumpkin pie. With cooler weather approaching, there will be a shift to inside
dining to enjoy these seasonal decadents with family and friends. It is time to
start thinking about retiring your barbeque grill and patio furniture for the
season, and preparing your dining room for fall feasts. What better way to
spruce up your dining room than getting some new furniture? So, we're making
that easier by putting all of our hardwood dining furniture styles, including
modern, contemporary, traditional, and shaker on sale until September 18th.
Save up to 20%, plus free shipping and a lifetime guarantee. See our online gallery for details.
August 22nd, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
Our friend David Allard and the talented furniture makers at Lyndon Furniture are always coming up with some new, exciting wood furniture design project. Check out this huge custom walnut slab table they recently finished. It's 13.5' long and the two planks in the top are made of 1 ¾" thick solid black walnut.
The legs are made of welded steel tubes that thread through the walnut slab top like through-tenons. On the top, Dave left a gap between the 2 walnut slabs to allow for wood movement. Believe it or not, even kiln-dried wood (like these walnut slabs) expands and contracts quite a bit with changes in humidity and temperature.
Such a simple elegant design, isn't it? But as any amateur woodworker could attest, it's not one to try at home unless you've got the hand of a trained professional. And a crane