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Cherry Moon Beds: This Week’s Best Seller

January 25th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh

Natural Cherry Beds | Real Solid Wood | American Made in Vermont

This week’s best seller, the Cherry Moon Bed is handmade in Montpelier of solid natural cherry wood.  It has simple elegant lines like Vermont’s iconic Shaker furniture.  But it’s refined curves and reverse-tapered legs add a modern Asian flair.  Buy it in a bedroom furniture set and save 20%!

A Great Example of Vermont Style Furniture

Natural cherry beds are our most popular item at Vermont Woods Studios so I guess it’s no surprise that our Best Seller last week was the Cherry Moon Bed.  Actually this bed is a frequent flyer on the Best Seller list.  I think that’s because it’s such a good example of what’s best about Vermont style furniture.

The Cherry Moon Bed is handmade in Montpelier of solid natural cherry wood.  It has simple elegant lines like Vermont’s iconic Shaker furniture.  But it’s refined curves and reverse-tapered legs add a modern Asian flair.  The finish on this bed is a hand-rubbed natural oil that brings out the beauty of the cherrywood grain.  If you re-oil the bed every year it develops a rich patina that gives it even more depth and character over time.

The Cherry Moon Bedroom Collection

Many of our customers bought cherry beds as part of the Cherry Moon Bedroom Furniture Collection which is on sale today (Winter Bedroom Sale).  The discount is 10% off any single piece, 15% off two pieces or 20% off 3 or more pieces (plus free shipping and delivery).  The sale ends next week, but if you miss it, you can always use the Cherry Moon Bedroom Set page to purchase furniture in this collection.

Buying Cherry Beds in Sets Saves You 20%

At Vermont Woods Studios you can always save 20% buying cherry beds or most any other furniture as a set.  We save on shipping when we ship multiple pieces so we pass that on to our customers.  Shop for discount sets on these pages:

If you don’t see the exact combination of furniture pieces you’re looking for in one of our sets, give Liz, Sean or Heather a call.  They’ll take your order over the phone or in person and make sure you get the set discount if it’s available.


Cherry Furniture: How To Find The Real Thing

October 28th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh

Cherry Furniture: How To Find The Real Thing Online or in Local Stores

I just did a Google search for “cherry furniture” and these are the products that came up on Google’s sponsored ads.  Guess how many of these pieces are actually made of real cherry wood?

What Does Real Cherry Furniture Look Like?

I just did a Google search for “cherry furniture” and above are the products that came up on Google’s sponsored ads.  Guess how many of these pieces are actually made of real cherry wood?  None.  Hard to believe isn’t it?  Not a single one of these pieces looks even remotely like cherry.  I can’t figure out why furniture makers get it so wrong but the error is absolutely pervasive in the world of imported furniture.  In fact, many times when customers come to us for real cherry furniture, they ask us to apply a dark stain to our natural cherry products to make them match their imported “cherry furniture” (Vermont furniture makers actually break down and cry when we ask them to stain cherry wood, by the way).

So I thought I’d post a couple photos so you can see what real, natural cherry wood furniture looks like.  Below is our American Shaker Bedroom Furniture Collection.  You can see that the wood color is much lighter than any of the imported fake cherry furniture shown above.  Why is that?

Well, cherry wood actually changes color!  It darkens with age.  Below is of a brand new natural cherry wood bedroom set.

New Cherry Wood Bedroom Furniture Set | Light Pink Color Tones

This is a brand new cherry wood bedroom furniture set.  The wood has a light color with pink tones but it won’t stay this way for long.

The same natural cherry wood bed and bedroom set after 6 months of exposure to light looks like this:

Darkened Cherry Wood in Solid Cherry Bedroom Set | Natural Sunlight Effect

This is the same cherry wood bed you see above, but it has been exposed to natural sunlight for about 6 months.  Light exposure “ripens” cherry wood creating a rich, reddish brown color and patina.

Quite a difference isn’t it?  Both beds have the same coating– it’s a hand rubbed natural linseed oil finish.  It’s the exposure to sunlight that darkens (or ripens) cherry and transforms it from a light color to a rich, dark reddish brown.

Another way to tell if your furniture is made of real organic cherry is to look for mineral deposits.  These are small black flecks in the grain where tiny amounts of sap were stored by the tree.  Mineral deposits (or pitch pockets) are natural and randomly occurring.  They are part of what makes each cherry piece unique.  Many times, imported furniture that’s called “cherry” is made with inferior woods that undergo a multi-step chemical process of bleaching, texturizing and staining in an attempt to achieve the classic ripened cherry color.  Even if the color does come out close to real cherry, the wood will be absent of cherry’s characteristic mineral deposits– the telltale sign of a fake.

So which do you prefer?  New cherry, ripened cherry or fake cherry?  Let us know in the comments section below or weigh in on our Facebook.



Where Does Cherry Furniture Come From?

August 29th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh


Dennis took this picture of a black cherry tree on his property in New Hampshire. Our cherry wood furniture typically comes from PA though, which has soils and climate more ideally suited to growing black cherry trees.

Heather Barrett mentioned the other day that many customers are coming
to us by way of Google when they're searching for answers to questions
like "where does cherry wood come from"? 

At Vermont Woods
Studios we feel it's important to provide detailed information about
where your furniture comes from.  We want customers to know that our
wood is all sustainably harvested and that forest conservation is a fundamental part of our mission.

We source as much wood as we can locally, preferably right here in Vermont. Cherry wood
however isn't a big component of the Green Mountain Forest.  There are a few
cherry trees here and there across Vermont, but Pennsylvania is really
the Cherry Capitol of the world and that's where we get most of our
cherry wood. It is arguably the finest cherry wood on earth and is
prized for its lovely red color, grain and luster.

Fortunately in 1995 the state of Pennsylvania had the foresight to protect and
preserve a great deal of their cherry wood resources.  They committed to
maintaining the state forest system sustainably and began green
certifying it, by the Forest Stewardship Council, FSC.

FSC is considered
the gold standard in third party certifications of forests so we can be
confident that the forests providing our cherry wood will be around to
enjoy for many generations… just like our cherry wood furniture.


Solid Cherry Furniture: 18 American Made Collections From Vermont

August 17th, 2012 by Peggy Farabaugh


At Vermont Woods Studios, solid cherry furniture is our specialty. Although our furniture is sometimes shown in walnut, maple and oak it can always be ordered in cherry by using the drop-down menus or giving us a call.

At Vermont Woods Studios, solid cherry furniture has always been our specialty.  Although most of our craftspeople routinely work in walnut, maple and oak too, cherry continues to be the favorite wood amongst our customers.  And many are specifically looking for all solid cherry wood, rather than cherry with veneers.



For those customers I thought it might be helpful to compile a current list of all the furniture collections we offer in solid cherry wood.  Here you go– all 18 of them:

Modern American Furniture

Contemporary Craftsman Furniture

Modern Shaker Furniture

Bow-Front Furniture

Andrews Cherry Furniture

Vermont Modern Furniture

New England Shaker Furniture





This is Copeland's Astrid bedroom furniture collection, available in all solid cherry (as shown), maple or walnut wood.



Modern Mission Furniture

Classic Shaker Furniture

American Mission Furniture

Smith Natural Vermont Furniture

Northup Craftsman Furniture

New York Furniture

Renfrew Shaker Furniture

Modern Designer Furniture

American Country Furniture

Copeland Astrid Collection

Copeland Mansfield Collection

Each of these collections is handmade here in VT with solid wood throughout (except the backs of some case goods*).  Sometimes our photos show the furniture in walnut or maple, but you can use the drop down menus to select cherry wood.  Details regarding how these furniture sets are built can be found on our Construction Details pages where you'll find specifics on joinery, drawer slides, hardware options, premium wood selection, finishing methods, etc. 

Tomorrow, I'll post about cherry furniture that incorporates veneers.  Got questions?  Give us a call or post them on our Facebook.


The backs of case goods in some of these collections are made of furniture grade plywood.  This choice is based on the stability of plywood, versus solid woods which expand and contract with varying humidity levels.  There are many structural and design details involved in a craftsman's decision to use solid wood versus plywood.  Please check our Construction Details pages for specifics.