vermont made furniture
When Ken, Kendall, Riley and I started Vermont Woods Studios 7 years ago we had just a vague notion of what this company could be. First and foremost we wanted a green company with a mission of forest conservation. That grew out of the boys’ attachment to Vermont’s natural world, especially it’s wildlife. And my interest in saving the rainforest.
I figured since Ken already had a full time job and the boys were in school, it would take 100% of my time for at least the first 5 years (optimistic and naive, it turns out) to get a new business off the ground. So if I was to have any time with Ken and the boys, it would pretty much have to be within the context of the business. The new company would have to be engaging for all of us.
One of our first ideas was to build and sell wooden bird houses. That satisfied Ken’s woodworking interests and the boys connection to the outdoors. But as we brainstormed lots of different ideas and got more involved with the Vermont woodworking community the concept of partnering with local craftspeople and marketing their Vermont made furniture online evolved.
Well, 7 years later, thanks to the help of Douglas Fletcher (Sales and Customer Service Manager), Dennis Shanoff (Marketing Manager) and the rest of our creative and hard-working staff, Vermont made furniture is now in all 50 states. We’ve come a long way. And we’ve got a long way to go.
Many thanks to all our craftspeople, customers, readers, vendors and cheer leaders. We are grateful for your support.
By Dennis Shanoff
Vermont Woods Studios has been showcasing Vermont’s finest wood furniture for over 5 years now. And as word of the Vermont furniture style and superb Vermont craftsmanship spreads outside the northeast we find ourselves hearing more and more lately from distant interior design and architectural firms.
A few months ago we were contacted by Susan Jay Design, a Los Angeles, CA based interior designer and space planning firm. For this particular client project Susan was looking for some modern and unique solid wood dining chairs and our Modern High Back Chairs caught her eye. Susan had an interesting vision for these chairs. She wanted both light and dark wood colors and the seats would be upholstered with a custom bold pattern fabric. The contrasted toned chairs would be alternated around the large rectangular dining table. After reviewing some wood samples we sent, Susan chose to have a half dozen chairs crafted in natural cherry and another half dozen to be finished with a custom walnut stain. She then supplied us with the fabric for the seats and our craftsman went to work. Susan was gracious enough to share a photo with us. We think it looks stunning and are happy to report that both designer and client are very happy with the finished product!
Vermont Woods Studios is happy to work with design firms; we offer a 20% discount to the trade. Any design trade professionals interested in working with us can learn more by visiting our Designer Corner or by calling 1-888-390-5571. We look forward to working with you and helping you and your client achieve their vision!
We're celebrating the Made in America awakening started by Diane Sawyer and ABC news with a storewide SALE on our 100% American made furniture. This doesn't happen very often. We do try to offer a great sale each week, but it all depends on the current price of wood and the status of our independent furniture makers. For example sometimes they'll be willing to offer a discount on a certain furniture collection because if they limit their production to a small number of items they can achieve an economy of scale that they'll pass on to our customers.
But once or twice a year we'll put the whole store on sale! Now is one of those times. It's a risk for us because we need to get enough orders to fill up our trucks, thus compensating for the furniture sale discounts by achieving big savings on shipping. So if you've been thinking about purchasing high quality, handmade, solid wood furniture for awhile, now is the time to make your move! Check out this American Furniture sale and contact us with your questions. We'll look forward to hearing from you.
We're adding a new line of furniture at Vermont Woods Studios. It's called the Modern American Furniture Collection. Check out this mid-century style buffet. It's handcrafted in Vermont from solid black walnut wood. Kind of a blend of Art Deco and Scandinavian design, don't you think?
This is a brand new collection with new pieces emerging over the next few months. Check back often to see the collection evolve.
Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture is proud to be featured in the very well respected woodworking industry journal, Cabinet Maker. We want to thank Will Sampson for his insightful article about our furniture business and how it fits into the dynamic and challenging world of fine furniture retailing in the USA.
Besides being a writer and editor at Cabinet Maker, Will is also the author of SawdustSoup, a blog for professional woodworkers seeking to continuously improve their craft. We salute Will for his fine work at Cabinet Maker.
Everyone loves the idea of having a solid wood custom Shaker dining table handcrafted just for them. What's not to love? Pick your favorite wood, order the table to fit perfectly into your dining room…a handcrafted dining table, made especially for you by skilled craftsmen in Vermont who use eco-friendly, sustainably harvested natural hardwoods. Add in free shipping and a lifetime guarantee and who could argue?
Well, the biggest reservation our customers have is the fact that it takes time to make quality fine furniture– often as much as 8-12 weeks plus shipping time. So we've partnered with our craftsmen to select a number of our most popular dining tables and we've improved our crafting logistics so we can have them built for you in just 2-3 weeks. Check out our Quick Craft furniture selection and let us know what you think.
I found this quote on Ann Stone's blog today but she had credited Donald Cooper. Whoever said it, I love it! We've been working from our home office and Annette's farm for 5 years now and I feel certain we could not have come this far if we had had the added expense of an additional office all these years.
It seems to have worked pretty well for the Queen, the Pope and the President, so who's to argue? Well, maybe Bongo– it does cut into his lounging space from time to time.
Typical Vermont Woods Studios office worker.
Congratulations to some of our favorite Vermont furniture makers who are going to be featured at the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Yester House Gallery show titled, Out of the Woods: Works by Northern New England Furniture Makers. The show is in Manchester, Vermont and runs from May 8- June 15, 2010.
To kick off the show, there will be a free opening party on Friday May 8, from 4-6pm with live music, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and conversations with the exhibiting artists. Go and enjoy! The following Vermont artisans will be there:
We send our Vermont Made Furniture all across the country and we're always excited to see how it looks as installed in our customers' homes. We are very grateful to Polly D. for sending us these photos of her lovely home, filled with many pieces of the Cherry Moon Furniture Collection which she's been acquiring over the years. This is the Cherry Moon Bed, shown with the Cherry Moon 1-Drawer Nightstand and the Cherry Moon 5 Drawer Chest.
And here's a photo of a different custom Cherry Moon Coffee Table.
Polly's Vermont-made Shaker cherry dining table and Mission chairs
have a very different style than the Cherry Moon pieces, but the cherry
wood really ties it all together, doesn't it? Well that and Polly's interior decorating skill.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into Polly's home as much as I did. Thanks for sharing the photos, Polly!
Thanks to the ever-talented and creative Rebecca, we are now up on Flickr. Check out photos of the stunning collection of Vermont Made Furniture that was on display in Woodstock last month at the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival. And see additional Vermont Made Furniture at Vermont Woods Studios in our online store.
The chest at right is a two-toned version with natural walnut for the frame, sides, drawer pulls and top and natural maple for the drawer fronts. The chest can be done in many different combinations of maple, cherry and/or walnut.
Looking for Vermont Cherry Furniture? Here the same chest is shown in natural cherry. We call it the Cherry Moon Chest of Drawers. Customize it with your favorite wood or combination of two contrasting woods!