September 17th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
Handmade Vermont farmhouse tables are a good reflection of the creative and frugal nature of New England's most passionate Yankee craftsmen. If you've driven through our Green Mountain state lately you've probably noticed the sad demise of some of our historic barns and buildings. Over 200 years of wind and rain and snow have left these antique treasures in desperate need of rebirth.
Lucky for them, Vermont has many talented craftsmen who've taken on the mission of reclaiming the old barnwood boards and timbers and milling them into beautiful farmhouse tables. "Old wood – new life!" as our friend and expert craftsman Raphael Groton says.
Can you imagine the amazing qualities of wood that make it as beautiful, strong and durable today as it was 200 years ago? And even after standing out in the rain and snow all that time?
February 10th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
Wood lovers will appreciate the beautiful figure in this custom Tiger Maple Trestle Table handcrafted by furniture artisan, Greg Goodman.
I've been reading up on some of the many types of figured maple wood: birdseye maple, tiger maple, quilted maple, flamed maple, curly maple, striped maple, fiddleback maple, wavy maple and more. Various types of stresses while the tree is growing (for example, bugs, injuries, weather and pressure) cause beautiful things to happen to the wood grain.
Isn't it wonderful? I wish it was my dining table.
Check out Greg's Tiger Maple Trestle Table at Vermont Woods Studios. Greg builds this and other tables to order. You can choose from many different table sizes as well as from a list of figured woods including: birdseye maple, tiger maple, natural cherry, birch and more. If your favorite wood isn't on the list, ask Greg if he can find it. The answer is probably YES.