American furniture

Are you spending more time at home these days and less time going out? If you're burrowing in for the winter, maybe now is the time to curl up on the couch, take a look at the furniture in your nest and think about where it actually came from.  See how well it meets this totally biased, arbitrary and unscientific test.

If your furniture is:                                                                                   Give Yourself

  1. Made in America:                                                                                 10 points
  2. Made of local woods and materials:                                                      30 points
  3. Handmade by local craftspeople:                                                          40 points
  4. Has non-toxic finish:                                                                               5 points
  5. Made of sustainably harvested woods and/or other organic materials:    10 points
  6. Imported from China, Vietnam, India or other third world countries:    -100 points
  7. Made from illegally harvested rainforest woods like mahogany, teak:    -100 points

What was your score?  It's hard to even know because chances are there is nothing on the furniture to provide this information.  It's a good bet, however that if you didn't go out of your way to buy American and you don't know where it came from, your furniture is probably imported, made from illegally harvested rainforest wood and crafted by slave laborers making pennies per hour.

We're trying to encourage consumers to buy American furniture, that's handcrafted here in the USA from local sustainably harvested woods, by people making a livable wage.  Oddly enough, the price is roughly the same either way. 

Check out our American made furniture at Vermont Woods Studios and compare.

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Handmade Wood Furniture from Vermont Woods Studios

I chatted today with a couple from California who came to Vermont this Fall to attend the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival in Woodstock, VT. June and Bob had found our website online this summer and when we told them about the festival, they decided to plan their vacation around it.

They were able to narrow down their selection of handmade wood furniture to three of our collections before their trip:

Then after spending a week in VT, taking in several days of sight-seeing, leaf peeping and touring of furniture studios they made a final decision and placed their order.   Now we are working with them to arrange shipping and delivery of their furniture.  I can't wait to see how it will look in their house.  Send photos, June!

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Thanks to the ever-talented and creative Rebecca, we are now up on Flickr.  Check out photos of the stunning collection of Vermont Made Furniture that was on display in Woodstock last month at the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival.  And see additional Vermont Made Furniture at Vermont Woods Studios in our online store.

The chest at right is a two-toned version with natural walnut for the frame, sides, drawer pulls and top and natural maple for the drawer fronts.  The chest can be done in many different combinations of maple, cherry and/or walnut. 

Looking for Vermont Cherry FurnitureHere the same chest is shown in natural cherry.  We call it the Cherry Moon Chest of Drawers.  Customize it with your favorite wood or combination of two contrasting woods!

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Continued from yesterday.

  • Select the furniture maker who has crafted pieces most similar to
    what you're looking for.  This is critical.  It's much easier and more
    affordable for them to customize something they've already designed and
    built than to start from scratch.
  • Ask the furniture maker about customizing existing pieces with your
    choice of wood, finish, hardware, dimensions, molding, leg style and so
    on.  Note: there is a big difference between commissioning an original, unique custom work of art and customizing an existing piece of furniture.
  • Discuss wood choices and characteristics with your furniture
    maker.  Are you trying to match this new piece with existing pieces in
    the same room?  If so, you may want to bring in that furniture or
    photos of those pieces to the workshop.
  • Discuss furniture finish with your furniture maker.  Do you want a
    natural oil finish or one that provides more protection against
    moisture and perhaps small hand-prints and such.  Or something in between.  There are many choices to consider.
  • Spend the time upfront to discuss the details of your furniture
    order up-front with your furniture maker.  Remember the old saying,
    "measure twice, cut once".  You don't want to have any surprises when it's time to install your furniture.
  • Have fun and enjoy the process.  Get to know your furniture maker. 
    His or her personality will be a significant part of the meaning of
    your new heirloom!

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