VT-Style-Furniture I guess most people don't really think about where their furniture comes from. We do at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture, and we're pretty persnickety about it.

 

Sustainable forestry is a founding principle here and a major part of our mission.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer-in-forestOur furniture is handcrafted of sustainably harvested solid wood, ie., the wood is harvested in America from local and regional forests that are professionally managed such that they will still be around for generations.

 

Why do we care? 

 

We actually got into this business as an offshoot of a non-profit I started 10 years ago, Kids Saving the Planet KSP.   It's a project designed to make environmental education fun and engaging.  I soon learned though, how difficult it is to secure funding for non-profits so I started to think about creating a business that would one day be able to significantly contribute to KSP.  Vermont Woods Studios is what evolved.  The common thread is sustainable forestry– what I feel is one of the top 3 most important environmental issues of our time.

 

 

 

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.

Shaker-office-furniture

 

Isn't this a beautiful home office

It sort of makes me think I would get a much higher level of work done in it… what do you think?

This desk, bookcase and file credenza are part of our new Modern Shaker Furniture Collection and Manjula has them on sale until May 17th, 2011. 

Everything is handmade in Vermont by Vermont craftspeople, using natural solid wood and clear  non-toxic finishes.  We've had great feedback from customers who recently received some of our first orders from this collection. You can check out customer comments at the independent third party website, GreenPeople.org or on our Facebook page.

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.

Cutting-board I know some raffles are a pain to enter, but this one is super EASY.  Just 2 clicks:

     First click to get to our Vermont Woods Studios Facebook page

     Then click the LIKE button. 

 

Facebook Now you're entered to win one of Ken's handmade cutting boards.  They're getting pretty popular actually and we're hoping to give away or sell enough to keep Ken out of trouble… haha!  The boards are made of natural native and exotic hardwood scraps from Ken's shop. 

 

Depending on what he has on hand, you can expect to see a colorful assortment of natural Maple, Cherry, Oak, Walnut, Purple Heart, Padauk, Fir and Mahogany.

A customer remarked the other day that she could not possibly use one for a cutting board because she didn't want to mark it up.  She decided to use it as a cheese board instead.  Ken was so happy.

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.

Walnut-wood-slab Walnut wood is one of our customers' favorite woods at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture.   It's a strong, durable, dark chocolate-colored wood with fascinating grain– like swirls, curls and burls. 

 

Recently the most popular designs for walnut furniture have been with natural, organic solid walnut slabs that are huge, heavy and thick.  They make incredible dining and conference tables that are showstoppers when you walk into a room. 

 

Our friend, artisan Greg Goodman made this custom live edge walnut slab table out of a one of the slabs to the left.  I've not seen anything like it. I love the curved base– it gives it a modern contemporary look, don't you think?

 We filmed Greg working on a similar slab table.  If you're interested in these live edge works of art, you have to watch Greg's part in this video about Vermont Woods Studios craftsmen. 

 

 

 

 

Walnut-tableIf you're pricing walnut furniture, you can count on spending about 25% more than for other woods.  Sadly, walnut is becoming rare due to lack of forest management and disease.  In fact a recent blight of something called "thousand cankers disease" is causing great concern about walnut trees all across the country.  It seems walnut wood may not be available much longer.   Same for the beloved walnut– a nut that reportedly boosts your brain power and provides powerful anti-oxidants.

 

 

The walnut trees we're using for live edge slab tables are harvested sustainably, with preservation of the species in mind.  The trees are usually victims of urban development– once they were grand old sentinels along tree lined boulevards but age, concrete and road salt have taken their toll. 

It's nice to see their beauty being preserved forever under the skilled and artful hands of craftsmen like Greg Goodman.

 

 

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.

Bedroom-furniture How would you feel about buying expensive, high end handmade Vermont furniture over the Internet?  Scared?  If so, you're not alone.  Quite honestly, most of our customers at Vermont Woods Studios who are first-time buyers are nervous about it. 

We're always working hard to improve our website, add photos that show the details of construction, quality, joinery and such but let's face it– a website simply cannot convey the quality of handmade solid wood furniture.  You really have to see it to appreciate it. 

 

Joinery-handmade-solid-wood-furniture While we work through the growing pains of getting a bigger showroom, we want to express our gratitude to the customers who have posted opinions and independent reviews of our furniture at various places online.  It is so helpful to new customers and it's essential for us to grow our business and fulfill our mission.  Thank you!  (We do have a testimonials page on our website, but most times new customers are understandably looking for an independent opinion.)

 

GreenPeople.org is one place customers have posted their candid opinions about our furniture and our customer service.  GreenPeople.org provides an independent, unaffiliated website for opinions and reviews of all kinds of businesses.  We thank Steve Urow and honor his mission of promting honesty, fairness and justice in business. We recommend his site for posting reviews of any products or services you may be purchasing online or in person.  Best of luck to Steve and crew!

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.