Shaker Furniture
Our Classic Shaker Office Furniture in Cherry

Honest, Utilitarian and Simple all come to mind when thinking of Classic Shaker Furniture.

Guided by religious principles, Shaker style furniture was originally made with the belief that all manufactured goods should be constructed with honesty. Shaker furniture, much like the Shaker lifestyle, is simple in design and free of frivolities. While the religious population that founded Shaker style furniture started to steadily decline after the Civil War (with only three practicing members today) their influence on furniture is unwavering.

Known for its minimalist design, Shaker furniture is free of veneers, inlays and carvings with a focus on the furnitures’ overall form and proportions. One of the most popular facets of Shaker furniture is chairmaking. Shaker chairs are known for their turned posts, slats or ladder backs and often times woven seats.

Shaker Furniture
Windsor Style Guest Chair and Modern Shaker Dining Chair #2 both in Cherry

There have been many modernizations on Shaker style furniture, but one thing has always remained the same: simplicity.

At Vermont Woods Studios you’ll find a variety of Shaker style furniture from traditional designs to a more contemporary take on the style. And while some pieces may stray from the traditional designs, they are still rooted in the belief of honesty and simplicity.

During our Shaker Furniture Sale starting Friday, January 8th and running through Thursday, January 28th you can save 10% off one piece of furniture, 15% off two pieces and 20% off three pieces. You’ll be able to choose from hundreds of pieces for your bedroom, dining room, living room, office and more!

Shaker Furniture
Vermont Shaker Moon Bed, New Traditions Round Pedestal Table and Incline Sleigh Bed all in Cherry.

And as the Shakers used the wood from their lands and demanded integrity with each piece of furniture they made, here at Vermont Woods Studios we believe that, too. All of our furniture comes from wood that is sustainably harvested from the Northeast and is handmade in Cherry, Maple, Oak and Walnut woods by local craftsmen.

If you have any questions or would like to order over the phone, our friendly sales team is always here to help at 888-390-5571. Shop conveniently and securely online or stop into our Vernon, Vermont showroom, open seven days a week.

Sources:

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/shak/hd_shak.htm

http://shakerheritage.org/educational-programs/adult-programs/history-of-the-shakers

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.

Shelburne Museum Exhibit: Vermont Furniture runs today through Nov 11, 2015
Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850 is on display at the Shelburne Museum Exhibit, today through Nov 11, 2015

Vermont’s premier arts & history venue, the Shelburne Museum is unveiling it’s newest exhibit today,  Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850.  Frequent readers, customers and visitors to Stonehurst are well aware of Vermont’s current reputation as the Fine Furniture Capital of America.  Now you can learn about the history of Vermont made furniture and see the incredible craftsmanship that VT woodworkers began developing as far back as the 1700s.

The Rich and Tasty exhibit “dramatically expands popular understanding of Vermont high style furniture. It reveals the exquisite craftsmanship of individual forms and encourages a wide audience to learn about regional tastes and economics that help define Vermont furniture’s stylistic features and unexpected aesthetic innovations in the early decades of the nineteenth century.  Approximately 40 documented pieces will be displayed, the majority of which have never been on view before. In addition to showcasing pieces from Shelburne Museum’s extensive permanent collection, public and private collections contributing pieces in the Northeast will include: the Vermont Historical Society, the Collection of the Woodstock Historical Society, Fleming Museum of Art, The University of Vermont, Historic Deerfield, Inc., the Collection of J. Brooks Buxton, the Collection of Norman and Mary Gronning, the Collection of the Fowler Family, and other private collections.”

Some of the furniture in the exhibit was recently sold at a Skinner auction in Marlborough, Mass.  Pieces ranged in price from a few thousand dollars for a mahogany sofa to $65,175 for a maple, mahogany and birch dresser.  We’ll be checking those out today and look forward to sharing more details and photos with you.

If you’re in the Burlington area, stop by the Museum.   It’s a beautiful place set on 45 acres along Lake Champlain.  You can easily spend the whole day browsing through their 150,000 works which are displayed in 38 buildings, 25 of which are historic.  In addition to Rich and Tasty, you’ll find great concurrent exhibits including:

  • The Unknown Rockwell: A Portrait Of Two American Families.  This includes personal memoirs of James “Buddy” Edgerton, Norman Rockwell’s neighbor in West Arlington, Vermont, for 14 years, and a frequent Rockwell model, as well as best friend with the Rockwell sons.
  • American Moderns, 1910-1960: From Okeeffe to Rockwell.  50 artworks from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection in a variety of styles that explore the depth and range of specifically American and thoroughly modern art. 

I hope to see you there, in the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education where Vermont’s furniture making history will be on display until Nov 11.  Take some photos and share them on our Facebook!

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.

At most Vermont Furniture stores you won’t find the exemplary quality, selection, and customer service that you get when shopping at Vermont Woods Studios. We’re proud to offer thousands of unique furniture pieces– many of which can be customized to suit your exact taste and space. With our 12 days of savings Winter Holiday Sale, you have the opportunity to save 20% on the perfect furniture to complete your bedroom, living room, dining room, or home office. You won’t find a larger or better selection of top quality Vermont made furniture anywhere else! To make your experience a little bit easier, we’ve highlighted 12 furniture designs that our customers love.

Bedroom

1. Vermont Shaker Moon Bed: This handcrafted cherry bed features clean, simple lines, tapered legs and arching curves in the headboard and footboard. This piece is an eco-friendly Shaker-style bed with a sturdy platform, built to last for generations, & no need for a box spring.

Best Selling Vermont Shaker Bed

 

2. New England Shaker 10 Drawer Dresser: Shown in natural cherry with black walnut knobs, This traditional, horizontal, 8/10-drawer New England Shaker Dresser will add beauty, style and functionality to any bedroom.New England Shaker 10 Drawer Dresser

3. American Mission Night Stand: This solid wood American Mission Nightstand is the perfect place to store all of your bedtime necessities. Smooth, clean lines and eye catching drawer pulls make this night stand elegant and functional.

American Mission Nighstand Vermont Furniture

 

 

Dining Room

4. Classic Shaker Dining Table: Our high-end, handmade Classic Shaker Dining Table features clean, straight lines and smooth, taper legs that look elegant in any setting. This classic design, combined with sustainably harvested, solid wood construction make this table a responsible and classy choice for your home. Shown in Natural Walnut, also available in Cherry, Maple, or Oak wood.

Classic Shaker Dining Table

 

5.  Country Windsor Chair: Simple, elegant lines give this high-end Country Windsor Chair a contemporary flair. Comfortable and classy, it welcomes family and friends to sit and relax awhile. Shown in natural Cherry with scooped wooden seats.

Country Windsor Chair

 

 

6. Sarah Shaker Buffet: Copeland’s luxury Sarah Shaker 4 Door, 2 Drawer Large Buffet with adjustable interior shelves and removable silverware tray with Guardian Anti Tarnish lining and cloth for each drawer.

The Sarah Shaker Collection is real solid wood fine dining furniture crafted for generations of service in your natural home. Handmade to order so you can customize online in your favorite finish. Use the drop-down menu to see the choices for either natural cherry or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry stain. Best in its class of authentic custom fine dining furniture, this large buffet is destined to be a cherished family heirloom

Sarah Shaker Buffet Copeland Furniture

 

Living Room

7. Vermont Modern Entertainment Console: The solid cherry Vermont Modern Entertainment Console adds a chic designer style to the modern living room. It features a unique curved shape and plenty of space to store all your DVD’s, media equipment and more! This beautiful, solid cherry wood media cabinet will be the topic of many conversations!

Vermont Modern Furniture Entertainment Console

8. Modern Mission Coffee Table: The clean lines and modern styling of this beautiful solid wood Modern Mission Coffee Table make it perfect for the contemporary living room, dining room bedroom or foyer! Handmade in beautiful Vermont by classic furniture makers this coffee table will add warmth and style to any room!

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9. New York Contemporary Bookcase: Our high end New York Contemporary Low Step Bookcase features artistic flair with modern sensibilities. Wonderful way to show off your treasures wherever you wish in style. This bookcase has been specially designed to work as an entertainment media center, home office and literary storage.

New York Contemporary Bookcase

Home Office

10. Sarah Large Desk: Our Sarah Large Solid Wood Desk with full extension pull-out keyboard tray features classic American Shaker design. Customize online in your choice of wood. Use the drop-down menu to see the choices for either natural cherry (no stain) or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry. Add a 60″L return for even more space (what’s a return?). Our Copeland Sarah Shaker Home Office Furniture Collection is handmade in Vermont using sustainably harvested woods. Also available with desk organizer.

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11. Solid Wood Custom Bookcase with Panel Doors: Our luxury, custom Solid Wood Bookcases with Panel Doors and can be customized to fit in any space you need fine hardwood bookshelves. The half raised panel doors on this bookshelf are built with solid hardwoods and premium hardware.

Solid-Wood-Bookcase

12. Catalina Walnut Credenza: The Catalina Lateral Credenza File Cabinet is handmade in Vermont of solid natural walnut wood. Made to order, this large high end office credenza provides a trim, functional place to store your files. It’s the perfect home office solution with sturdy solid wood construction and built for a lifetime of use.

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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.

Vermont Fine Furniture Design Competition
All entries for the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture Design Competition are due no later than September 27.  For details and an entry form, go to the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition website.

Calling all VT Woodworkers:  it’s time to enter the 2013 Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition.  On it’s 10th year anniversary, this woodworking festival can boast of being a prestigious, well-respected venue for representing woodworkers and designers throughout the Green Mountain state.

Got a  creative woodworking project you’d like to show off?  Put it out there with the best Vermont has to offer and see how it stacks up.  Entry forms are available online and fees start at just $15 (but the first one’s free for VWMA members).  What have you got to lose?  And who knows, you could be the next woodworking sensation!

Fine furniture and wooden accessories must be made in Vermont by Vermont woodworkers to be eligible.  Judging will be held on September 28 from 10-4pm with an Awards Reception at 6pm at the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT. Previous press for winners has included articles in Fine Woodworking Magazine, Furniture World Magazine, Vermont Home Style Magazine and Design New England Magazine.  You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.  Check out the details on the Vermont Fine Furniture and Wood Products Design Competition website.  See you at the awards reception!

 

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.

Vermont Furniture Encyclopedia
The Vermont Furniture Encyclopedia is full of fun facts about the history of Vermont woodworking, craftsmanship, contemporary Vermont furniture makers, the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival and more.

Vermont Made Furniture Is Thriving

Vermont furniture seems to be getting famous these days.  During a down economy when housing sales (traditionally the driver for furniture sales) are in the ditch, Vermont made furniture continues to increase in popularity.  As a company that sells exclusively Vermont made furniture, we chat daily with customers who inquire about all the details of our state’s signature craft.

So I’ve begun to compile the essence of these conversations into what we’re loosely calling a Vermont Furniture Encyclopedia.  It’s posted on our website and includes topics like the History of Vermont Made Furniture, Vermont Furniture Makers, Vermont Furniture Styles, Sustainability and Vermont Made Furniture, Woods Used in Vermont Furniture Making, Education and Training, Vermont Furniture Quality and Craftsmanship, and How to Find and Purchase Vermont Made Furniture.

Some Vermont Furniture History

Check it out.  You may be surprised to learn that Vermonters have been crafting wood furniture for over 250 years.  Back in the 18th century, wood furniture, cutting boards, bowls, bowling pins, baskets, drumsticks, toys, musical instruments, golf tees, cheese boxes, dolls, gun racks, Scrabble tiles, snowshoes, clothes pins, and wooden shipping boxes were (and continue to be) all products of a thriving Vermont woodworking industry.

And in modern times, during the last half century, when furniture companies from across America began outsourcing top American brands (including Ethan Allen, Bassett, Broyhill, Thomasville, La-Z-Boy and Lane) to Asia, Vermont companies  stayed home, remaining true to their values of quality, community and local economies. You’ll find a list of notable contemporary Vermont furniture makers, sorted by size and specialty in the encyclopedia.  Plus learn fun facts like which state ranks #1 in furniture makers per capita.

We’ll consider the encyclopedia a work in progress and I invite others in the Vermont Furniture World to contribute.  Send comments in the section below, on our Facebook or by emailing me at peggy@VermontWoodsStudios.com.

 

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.