October 26th, 2010 by Peggy Farabaugh
We've been writing about the fact that up to 90% of the wood furniture you see in America today is imported and furthermore, it is likely that the wood was harvested illegally from one of the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests. Well, I guess others are beginning to write about that too and happily, we're seeing more and more customers asking about where our wood furniture comes from.
It's not just the environment and the fact that American made furniture is superior in terms of quality that customers are concerned with. Another part of this equation is that Americans want to support sustainable communities and help provide American jobs. Over the last 30 years, tens of thousands of jobs for highly skilled furniture makers have been moved overseas, as so called "American furniture companies" have moved their manufacturing operations to China, Vietnam and other third world countries. In the process, many skilled workers (and their families) in North Carolina, Maine and Vermont have suffered job loss and their once-vibrant communities have turned into ghost towns.
At Vermont Woods Studios Furniture and other American furniture companies like Moosehead Furniture in Maine we're working to restore those high quality jobs and help maintain the tradition of fine handcrafted furniture in America. You can help us by becoming a fan on facebook or following us on Twitter. Thanks!