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From all of us here at Vermont Woods Studios, thanks for making 2009 our best year yet!

Wishing You and Your Family a Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season!

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.

Thanks in part to a number of Vermont Woods Studios readers who sent emails and letters, a Vermont state legislative committee unanimously rejected a proposal to open up state-owned lands to ATVs.  Currently, all state lands in Vermont — nearly 350,000 acres — are closed to the destructive vehicles, a fact that was somehow overlooked by the Agency of Natural Resources that decided to approve an ATV expansion. It was not overlooked by the public, which commented 4-to-1 to keep the ban in place. Nearly 2,000 comments were sent in on the plan.

Unfortunately, Vermont Governor Jim Douglas says his administration will overrule the committee's decision and give ATVs access to state parks, forests and wetlands regardless of the public's wishes.

So we still have more feedback to give.  Whether you live in Vermont or not, please contact Governor Jim Douglas and respectfully ask him to keep ATV's out of state forests.  It takes only 60 seconds to send a message to the Governor.  Thanks!

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.

Bobolink
We have several Vermont Conservation Heros that we admire so much, we named sustainable furniture collections after them. 

Dr. Rosalind Renfrew is a dedicated wildlife biologist in Vermont. We
first encountered Roz when she was leading the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas project but her passion for Vermont's birds
and their forest habitats has led her into many other important conservation projects since.

One of Roz's projects is bobolink migration. Amazingly these tiny birds (weight: about 1 ounce– the weight of 1 slice of bread) migrate from Vermont to various locations in South America, approximately 8000-12,000 miles per year, round trip. Roz and colleagues have tagged 433 of the charismatic songbirds to learn more about them and help preserve the species.  The odds for recovering a tagged bird aren't so good.  Actually statistically they're essentially zero. 

Rosalind Renfrew and Bobolink Friend
Well, guess what?  This year the first Bobolink, No. 0961-10071 was recovered just 12 miles from Roz's home in Vermont.  The bird had been tagged 4300 miles away in Bolivia 3 years ago.  Since then he had flown at least 35,000 miles (more than a trip around the world which is 25,000 miles at the equator) in migration before a fateful summer day in VT when he had a most unfortunate encounter with a house cat.  How sad!

Roz notes that these magnificent flyers encounter numerous perils throughout their short and vulnerable lives.  No. 0961-10071 may have achieved the average lifespan of a Bobolink which is about 5 years.  Who knows? But regardless of the details of his demise, he is a special guy having flown all those miles and contributed much to the survival of his species through Roz's research.

Cat lovers (like me) take heed.  Might better keep those cat's inside… and get the stray cats neutered, but that's for another day.

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.

Custom-walnut-furniture

Here's a photo of some beautiful custom walnut dining furniture sent to us by Robert T in Connecticut.  Robert basically designed the buffet himself.  He started with our Large Vertical-Buffet Media Center and had us craft it with just one side cabinet instead of two.  He also increased the height of the unit from 60"H to 67"H.  I think it came our beautifully.

Robert also customized our Round Back Chair.  This is a chair we typically offer in cherry only, but Robert called to ask if we could craft it in walnut.  Since we only make this chair style a couple times each year he had to wait, but he was willing to do that and look how nice they turned out!

The dining room set was completed with our Modern Contemporary Dining Table in solid walnut.  The finish for the set is a hand-rubbed Danish oil.  

Congrats to Robert for designing such a beautiful dining set.  Enjoy!

Find more ideas for custom walnut furniture here.

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.

Rebecca-ice
It was too much to hope for, I guess.  That sassy South Florida girl, I told you about … Rebecca?  The one we hired and thought we'd be able to convert to a crunchy green Vermont-style granola?  Well, guess again.  You're not going to believe what she's up to now.

Check out her latest blog entry, something like "Global Warming is Not Caused by Humans".  Hmmph.  She is just not getting it.  There's no room for differing opinions here at Vermont Woods Studios

Not really.  We're having a lot of fun arguing about these things and we love the blogging Rebecca's doing.  She's taught us a lot about website-related issues too.  In fact, she show'd me how to photoshop images, like this one.  Hahahaha!

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.