Leaves

I just got back from a leaf raking break.

Getting away from work in the middle of a gorgeous Fall day to rake leaves seems such a luxury.

I suppose some people in Vermont would argue with me.

Red-leaf
But maybe not the ones who work at a computer most of the day.

Try it!

I posted my fall foliage pics on Flickr, if you'd like to see more.

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.

This morning at Vermont Woods Studios I’m sitting here ever-so-comfortably in a gorgeous Bolivian cherry rocking chair, sipping tea, and marveling at the recent snow and the way it dusted the evergreens on the hillside. We’ve had many snowstorms in Vermont this winter and this is the time of year when I begin to think about – but not yet long for – spring, which in Vermont is still months away.

 

We’d hoped to be introducing a new line of outdoor furniture this spring, but given the current instability in the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) market, we’re going to focus instead on making our indoor furniture with locally harvested wood. 

 

The issue with outdoor furniture is that in order to have truly long lasting performance, the wood must be dense and disease, rot and mildew resistant. This usually means a tropical wood like teak or mahogany, both of which are becoming endangered due to clear-cutting of the rainforests. FSC does a great job in authenticating responsibly harvested wood, through their certification program which enables us to authenticate and have detailed knowledge of the chain of custody of our wood– from the landowners to the foresters, to the loggers, the sawmills and the furniture makers.  With tropical woods it’s important to verify that each link in the chain is certified as environmentally sound and sustainable. Otherwise, it’s a very good bet that the wood has been logged illegally.

 

I’ll keep you posted on the FSC market. At Vermont Woods Studios we look forward to offering a line of outdoor furniture asap that meets our criteria for beauty and quality while supporting our passion to save the world’s endangered rainforests.

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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.

Wwf_valentines_gift Is your Sweetheart a wild one?  The World Wildlife Fund is our very favorite charity here at Vermont Woods Studios, not only because they have been working for over 45 years to preserve nature and wildlife but also because they work in a way that is designed to involve and respect indigenous people who share habitat with endangered wildlife.  This year, for Valentines Day, WWF is promoting Wild Animal Adoptions.  For $50 you can select an endangered animal to adopt and  your beloved will receive an adorable plush likeness of it sent in a festive, red Happy Valentine’s Day bag.  “Like to monkey around?  Adopt a monkey!”  Or a polar bear, tiger, panda, snow leopard, chimp, sea turtle and the list of endangered species goes on.  Do it today for a better tomorrow!

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.