Maple furniture is making a comeback! For many years, cherry has been our customers’ favorite hardwood but in 2014 we’re seeing that maple wood is giving cherry a run for the money. This is a welcome trend for those of us in the Vermont forestry community since maple is a hardwood that grows extremely well in the Green Mountain state (indeed maple is the Vermont state tree). It’s sustainably harvested nearby, making it a great choice for eco-friendly furniture.
Although maple furniture is beautiful on it’s own, many customers are dressing it up with walnut or cherry wood accents. One example of this design is in Copeland Furniture’s Modern SoHo bedroom furniture collection. The picture above shows SoHo in maple and walnut wood but it is made to order and can also be customized in all maple wood.
Nearly all of our furniture at Vermont Woods Studios can be customized in maple wood, regardless of the wood it’s shown in on our website. This photo was sent to us by Margot G in Knoxville, Tennessee. Margo created her own unique version of our Classic Shaker Hunt Board by choosing maple wood (rather than cherry) and accenting it with a walnut top and walnut drawer pulls. It’s beautiful, don’t you think?
Another example of modern maple furniture is the Astrid bedroom furniture collection (shown above). Astrid is dramatic and sophisticated. It’s been a favorite of contemporary urban dwellers from Manhattan to Los Angeles.
Check out our website for more examples of modern maple furniture. Use the drop-down menus to customize your wood choices online. If you don’t see exactly what you want, give us a call and we’ll talk about further customization. It’s more affordable than you might think.
A thick, organic slab table handmade by Dan Mosheim of solid, claro walnut wood. The end grain and live edges are characteristics of the real thing.
Walnut furniture has been one of our best sellers this year, in spite of the fact that there is a 10-30% premium on the wood. Walnut wood is becoming rare (due to a disease called Thousand Cankers) so we are super careful about making sure ours is sustainably harvested from forests where re-planting is well managed.
We use a couple different types of American walnut wood for our furniture.
For thick, organic slab tables we often use claro walnut wood from huge old (up to 100 years) shade trees that have been taken down (usually from city streets) because of safety reasons. These slabs typically have beautiful, interesting character resulting from things like burls and branches.
For modern looking furniture, customers generally do not want "character wood" so we use younger walnut trees with straight grain patterns grown in managed forests in the mid-west (since walnut doesn't grow well in Vermont). This is the contemporary SoHo walnut 4 drawer chest, made by Copeland Furniture with solid, walnut wood.
Whether you're shopping for organic, walnut slab tables or Modern walnut furniture, it's important to verify that you are indeed getting real, solid walnut wood, as opposed to cheaper woods that have been stained dark to look like walnut. Be sure to ask your salesperson to confirm the wood type and its origin before you buy. Ask if the furniture has been made from solid walnut wood or walnut veneers.
Learn more about walnut wood and see photos of beautiful walnut furniture on our website. If you take the time to find real solid walnut furniture as opposed to what most stores call "walnut" you'll probably have that furniture for a lifetime. Enjoy it!
Custom furniture is a luxury that many customers have given up on prior to discovering our made to order furniture at Vermont Woods Studios. And it's true that if you're going to commission an artisan to design and create unique pieces just for you, there is a lot of work, time and expense that goes into that.
But if you can find a furniture design you love, that you're just looking to modify or customize, then expense may not be an issue at all. Such is the case for our two-tone wood bedroom sets from Copeland Furniture. This SoHo bedroom furniture, for example can be customized online in your choice of 7 different maple and walnut wood combinations at no extra charge.
How about that? Custom furniture at catalog prices. What could be better? Check out our website for other customizable furniture available in two-tone wood combinations, including the the Copeland Berkeley Bedroom Set (with 2 tone cherry and walnut wood) and the Modern American Furniture Collection (customized in your choice of solid cherry, maple, walnut or any two tone combination of these woods). Give us a call with your questions and customizations.