Blanche
Certain people have no need for a last name: Elvis, Cher, Oprah.  I have to put Blanche in that same category.  She was a familiar face all around Vernon.  She worked at the Schoolhouse Grocery, our general store (our only store actually) so if you needed gas or milk or a movie rental, chances are you were going to get it from Blanche.  She was a beloved figure and always up for a laugh or a good story.  Blanche passed away last year and we wanted to remember her everytime we went to the Schoolhouse.  Douglas, Brian and Manjula planted a lilac tree in her honor in front of the General Store.  We send our best wishes to Blanche's daughter LeeAnn and her family.  Blanche was truly a one of kind and we miss her.

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.

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Well we're just returning from Manhattan after our big "debut" on national TV 😉

Many thanks to Harris Faulkner and Chris Snyder at Fox News for making us feel so welcome and comfortable on the set of The Strategy Room.  A segment of the interview is posted on the Fox News website

  

  

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Harris was most interested in the fact that a high tech Internet business is run out of a horse farm in Vermont.  What's so unusual about that?

 

Have I been in the country too long?

 

 

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Got to get back to feeding chickens and mending fences now 😉

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Many thanks to Annette for providing us this beautiful space to
work in.

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.

Earth Day is just around the corner, on April 22.  This year is a Big Milestone:  the 40th anniversary of Earth Day so I thought you might want to do something special to honor Mother Nature.  How about planting a tree? 

As makers of wood furniture, we at Vermont Woods Studios are all about tree planting and hugging and such.  I love this website, called Trees Are Good.  It's run by the International Society of Arboriculture in Champaign, IL.  In addition to extolling the many environmental benefits of trees (like moderating climate, improving air quality, conserving water, and harboring wildlife) they also point out virtues like beauty, serenity and tranquility:

"We feel serene, peaceful and restful in a grove of trees.  Hospital patients have been shown to recover from surgery more quickly when their room offers a view of trees." 

Amazing isn't it?  

Trees Are Good has lots of advice on how to plant a tree, what kind of trees to select, care for trees, pruning, feeding, mulching, pest control and much more.  Check it out!

Next Thursday, a week from today I hope you'll consider planting a tree in your yard or perhaps in someone else's yard as a gift.  Maybe you have someone you'd like to honor or remember with your new tree.  Trees make a beautiful and enduring memorial. 

Happy Earth 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.

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As wood furniture makers, we know that in order to keep our craft alive, we've got to be active participants in sustainable forestry.   We support non-profit groups like The Vermont Center for EcoStudios that work in conserving Vermont's forests and wildlife.   We're also concerned with rainforest conservation which is a major part of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios

Soon we'll be working with the Eco Preservation Society, a non-profit dedicated to wildlife conservation and reforestation in Costa Rica and elsewhere around the globe. 

We're excited about this partnership and will write more in the following days.   Eco Preservation Society shares our passion for conservation, education and reforestation.  We admire the work they're doing and are looking forward to visiting and volunteering at one of their research and reforestation projects in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. 

These are Costa Rican squirrel monkeys or mono titi.  They are highly endangered due to habitat destruction and the Eco Preservation Society is trying to save the species.  We'll be volunteering on the project and will write about it when we're down there.  Stay tuned!

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.

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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.