Cherry-wood-mineral-deposits On the last post we talked about natural cherry wood furniture with regard to grain variations in the wood.  Today I wanted to provide some detail about naturally occuring mineral deposits that are characteristic of cherry. 

In cherry wood small black flecks occur in the grain where tiny amounts of sap were stored in the cherry tree.   If you click on the photos for a larger view, you may be able to see them (or you may have to enlarge the photos: hold down your CTRL key and press the [+] key at the same time). 

Mineral deposits (or pitch pockets) are natural and randomly occurring.  They do not diminish the strength or quality of your furniture.  As we say: they add to its uniqueness.  

Cherry-mineral-deposits The frequency of mineral deposits in our furniture varies with each tree utilized but it is largely reflected in the product photos here and throughout our website.  Like any other fine furniture maker we cannot guarantee the absence of mineral deposits in our cherry wood furniture and we cannot consider the presence of mineral deposits a reason for furniture returns, per our lifetime guarantee policy.

Looking for Cherry Furniture with Virtually No Mineral Deposits?

Most of our furniture makers are reluctant to offer cherry furniture without mineral deposits for a couple reasons. First, it is against our sustainable forestry principles.  Up to five times the number of trees need to be harvested to produce furniture with virtually no mineral deposits.  Second, the presence of mineral deposits in cherry wood can be a matter of opinion.  What one customer might feel was mineral-deposit free furniture may not be the same for another customer. 

If mineral deposits are an issue for you, give us a call.  We'll work something out… although I should mention that the price of a "virtually mineral deposit-free" piece is generally about twice that of the regular piece.

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.

Vt-furniture-photos Last weekend, Ken, Douglas, Rebecca and I went up to Burlington for a photo shoot of our new furniture lines.  It's hard to believe how much planning goes into these shoots! 

We were lucky to have the expertise of set-designer Erica Ell and photographer John Goodman on board.  They worked for a couple months tending to planning and lighting and propping and such.  When on site, they directed our crew which included the four of us from Vermont Woods Studios plus a half dozen or more furniture makers.

It was a ton of work and expense but we're happy with the photos.  Can't wait to show them to you.  Visit our homepage– the photos should be up within a week or so and new product pages will soon appear in our Modern American Furniture Collection, Contemporary Craftsman Furniture Collection and Modern Shaker Furniture Collection.  Many thanks to Erica, John and all the furniture makers who helped!

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-fine-furniture Looking for authentic handmade wood furniture, made in the good 'ol USA? It's not so easy to find it anymore, is it?  Most Americans think of North Carolina as the fine furniture capitol of the USA, but over the past 30 years, that has changed. The furniture companies we think of as being quintessentially American — for example Thomasville, Broyhill, Ethan Allen and Lane — no longer make much, if any furniture in the USA. Instead they outsource their furniture to factories in China, Vietnam and other third world countries.

So where does one go to find authentic, high quality, handmade wood furniture? It turns out that Vermont is now considered to be the fine furniture capitol of the country. By unofficial count, some 2000 small wood furniture makers dot the rural Vermont countryside, taking advantage of the heavily forested nature of our state for supply of natural, eco-friendly raw materials.

At Vermont Woods Studios Furniture we represent many of these craftsmen, providing a low cost venue for the marketing and sale of their work.  Our mission is to collaborate with Vermont's fine furniture makers, enabling them to spend more time in their studios doing what they do best:  making beautiful, solid wood furniture.   At the same time we can focus on our expertise: customer service– thus creating greater efficiency and the best possible prices for your heirloom quality handmade furniture.  Give us a call to learn more about Vermont's many fine furniture makers and how to bring their work into your home or office.

 

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.

Whether you're buying fine handmade furniture at a local store or an online furniture store, you'll want to be able to feel relaxed and confident that your furniture is going to arrive safely at your home, in the same pristine condition that it left the showroom or shop in.  Believe it or not, we spend almost half of our time working with the best professional shippers in the business to make sure that everything goes smoothly with the white glove delivery of your furniture.

 

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The cold cruel fact about high quality handmade furniture is that it's going to take awhile.   We're always looking for ways to improve our efficiency and decrease our lead times though.   So far, we've been able to get it down to an average of about 9 weeks from the date of purchase to the date of delivery.  That may sound like a long time and we're continuously trying to improve, but the reality is that quality does take time.  Here's why:

When you order a piece of furniture from Vermont Woods Studios, it is built to order just for you.  Typically your craftsman will have other orders in his or her queue so it may be a few weeks before he begins crafting your furniture.  Once begun, it may take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to complete the crafting process, depending on the degree of complexity and the type of finish you have selected.

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As soon as we receive a planned completion date from your craftsman, we begin arranging for our award-winning white glove shipper to pick up your order. If you live in the Northeast, shipping can take as little as a few days, whereas those in California may have to plan for up to 5 weeks (worst case) for shipping. 

We do have shippers who can deliver faster, but with speed comes increased risk of damage.  It's not an absolutely intolerable risk, but it's one we like to discuss with you upon order placement so you can make an informed choice.

And finally, if you're in a hurry you are not out of luck.  You can still order handmade furniture and have it delivered to your home in about a month if you choose from our Quick Craft Furniture Collection.  These are our most popular items that craftsmen make all the time so they can be ready FAST.

Give us a call and we'll find a way for you to get the beautiful handmade furniture you've been longing for within a reasonable time frame.  And remember the furniture you order from Vermont Woods Studios will be in your family for generations.  When you receive it I'm willing to bet you'll say, "it was worth waiting 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.

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We've been working hard to raise awareness about where your furniture comes from and how it is made.  Part of our founding mission at Vermont Woods Studios is forest conservation and we've focused much of our attention on preservation of the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests.  

Did you know that up to 90% of the furniture you see in American furniture stores today is made with wood that has been illegally clear cut from the rainforest?  In fact the rainforest is being logged at a rate of about 1 football field per second to satisfy the world's insatiable demand for cheap furniture and flooring. 

Hard to believe isn't it?  But sadly it's true and along with loss of the forest we are losing many species of plants and animals.  Scientists estimate we lose over 100 species every day just due to rainforest destruction.

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Well, I guess our efforts (and those of many others) to protect the rainforest are beginning to have an effect because China and other overseas manufacturering hubs are beginning to find additional sources of lumber.  Guess where they are getting enormous supplies of wood? 

Would you believe Vermont?  Yes and other places across the USA and Canada.  So here's how it goes:  logs are shipped from the USA to China.  They are fashioned into low quality furniture by workers making about 20 cents/hour.  Then the furniture is shipped back to America for sale where it will hold up for about 3-5 years before it's placed out on the curbside.  Does that sound crazy to you?  I guess that's what they call globalization.

But there are still many small furniture makers in the USA who are fighting to maintain our 200+ year traditions of craftsmanship, style and quality.  Check them out before you head to Ashley Furniture or Bob's Discount.  You'll pay more up front but in the long run you'll save big time, buying high quality American made furniture that will be in your family for generations.

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.