Introducing Vermont Woodworker, Alex Dunklee and his handcrafted “Wrought ‘N Wood”
Vermont needs no introduction, but I will anyways!
Sandwiched in-between New York and New Hampshire (for you non-New Englanders) the Green Mountain state is a breath of fresh air. With an appreciation for nature, a working landscape and hard work, Vermont is a state that truly defines Yankee Ingenuity in a modern world.
Luxury home decor aficionados: do you long for days past when real, honest, human craftsmanship was the means of producing quality, long lasting goods for your home? Are you tired of disposable everything and looking to add authenticity and character to your home– a few things with substance that are designed to be enjoyed forever? Well Vermont has a treat for you. Four of America’s top luxury home decor brands are headquartered in the middle of the Green Mountain state– all within a comfortable driving distance of each other. I made the tour myself last week, while preparing our Stonehurst gallery to begin carrying a selection of items from each company. Here is what I found at my first stop, Simon Pearce.
Simon Pearce Glassware
With the rich history of Irish glass blower Simon Pearce behind it, this company leads the way in high end, hand blown glass and table ware. Headquartered in Windsor Vermont, Simon Pearce creates glass and ceramic “products that are beautifully designed, produced with premium quality materials and time-honored techniques and intended for a lifetime of everyday use”.
Simon Pearce Pottery
Learn more about Simon Pearce, his story and products on his website. Or better yet, come up to Vermont for a visit! You can use Stonehurst, our fine furniture, home decor and art gallery as a launchpad to Simon Pearce and the rest of Vermont’s luxury home decor companies.
The other three luxury home decor brands I’m thinking of? Stay tuned, there’s more to come but you’ll find hints on Kelsey’s new Vermont luxury Pinterest board. Let us know on our Facebook, about any other brands you’d like to learn more about.
We're excited to be a part of this prestigious group of handmade furniture stores.
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What does "Custom Wood Furniture" mean to you? In talking to our customers, I can say that it means many different things to different people. At Vermont Woods Studios we have fine furniture that falls into varying degrees of what might be called "custom wood furniture", including:
Made To Order Wood Furniture— this is our most popular type of furniture and our most affordably priced. Each piece is built here in Vermont especially for the customer however, it's not "custom furniture". The designs are existing tried and true designs that are pictured on our website. Some people will call "made to order" furniture "custom furniture" but as you read on, you'll see the difference.
Customized Wood Furniture is the next step toward "custom furniture". Let's say you see a table on our website that you love but you need it a little longer or wider to fit in your space. Or you like a buffet but you'd like us to install your own drawer pulls. Or you want to select a different wood species than what's offered. Customized furniture takes existing designs and modifies them slightly. Since our furniture is made to order, it is easily customized and small changes don't usually add much to the price. Customized furniture is kind of a cool way to get unique furniture, tailored to your specific style and size at an affordable price.
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Furniture made of solid cherry wood is considered some of the finest furniture available in the world today. That’s because cherry is a beautiful, stable hardwood that develops a rich reddish brown patina over the years and just keeps getting more gorgeous as time goes by.
I’m always saddened when customers tell us they’ve been searching in their local areas and online for solid cherry furniture and they haven’t been able to find the real thing.
What’s happened is that the larger furniture companies have opted for low-price over quality in their furniture designs. They typically use cheaper, lower quality woods, stain them and then call them “cherry”. The worst part is that the stains don’t even remotely look like real cherry wood, but this cheap furniture is so plentiful that people often think that stain is the actual color of cherry. At Vermont Woods Studios Furniture it breaks our craftsmans’ hearts when people ask them to stain solid cherry furniture to make it match existing fake “cherry” furniture that’s in their homes.
Here are some examples of solid cherry wood furniture. You’ll notice there are varying degrees of color. Natural cherry wood starts out a light pinkish color and darkens over time with exposure to light. Eventually it ripens to a stunning reddish brown. You can hasten the darkening process by oiling the wood often.
If you’re shopping for cherry furniture and you have any doubts about the wood, be sure to ask the salesperson if it’s authentic cherry wood. Ask where it’s from too. The best cherry in the world is grown in Pennsylvania and West Virginia and because we don’t have much cherry in Vermont, that’s where we get ours from. More on cherry wood furniture here.