Walnut Dining Furniture | Tables | Chairs | Buffets | Sideboards | China Cabinets
We just received several new walnut dining furniture pieces, including this Bistro Table, the Classic Shaker Chair #2 and the American Mission Chair. Natural dark heartwood walnut is so beautiful, nothing compares. Come see for yourself at Stonehurst, Vermont’s newest fine furniture and art gallery.

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.

Learn more about walnut wood on our website and give Liz and Sean a call with your questions.

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.

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.

Wooden Dining Chairs | The 4 Hardwoods That Will Last Forever
From left: Modern High Back Dining Chair in Cherry WoodAmerican Mission Long Back Wave Chair in Oak Wood, the Classic Shaker Chair #2 in Walnut Wood and the Classic Shaker Chair #1 in Maple Wood.  Which wood would look best in your dining room?

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.

Check out Houzz and Pinterest for more ideas on how to choose the hardwood that best suits your style for dining chairs.

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.

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 Dining Room Furniture
The Modern American Dining Room Furniture set is on sale today!

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.

 

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.

Vermont Dining Furniture Styles
Vermont Shaker is one of our most popular dining furniture styles.  This table is shown in solid cherry wood, with a clear natural, hand-rubbed linseed oil finish.  It’s representative of Vermont’s reputation for simple, elegant craftsmanship.

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.

Vermont Style Dining Furniture | Modern, Contemporary | All Natural Solid Cherry Wood
Although this Modern American Dining Furniture is very different in design from the Shaker furniture shown above, the both share a high level of craftsmanship, solid cherry wood construction and a hand-rubbed oil finish.  Both dining sets  represent the “Vermont style” and are guaranteed for a lifetime.

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.

 

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.

Hardwood Dining Table

Making The Hard-Wood Decision

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

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

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

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

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.

Hardwood Dining Tables

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.

 

Copeland Furniture and POLYWOOD Furniture are not included in the Presidents Day Furniture Sale as they are always priced with a low price guarantee.

 

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.