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 Cased in wood, the I Am Eco PC is the world's most eco-friendly computer.

As forest-lovers and wood furniture makers we couldn't help notice "I Am Eco", the new environmentally friendly PC by the Irish company, MicroPro Computers.

Leave it to the Irish (I AM O'NEIL, by the way) to create a PC made of wood!  At first I figured the idea was dreamed up and photoshopped late at night in a pub but then I realized it's all true.

IAMECO is the world's most environmentally friendly PC that's wholly sustainable, with a carbon footprint 70% less than conventional computers. IAMECO is built with 100% recyclable materials and uses LED lighting that's 40% more energy efficient than it's predecessors. 

No fans are used for cooling, rather heat sinks are employed with the bonus of eliminating noise.  IAMECO is a touchscreen PC, and certainly seems to be unprecedented in terms of eco-friendliness. 

Maybe I can convince Douglas to buy one for our new showroom?  We'll see… cost, memory, speed and other specs haven't been released yet but I plan to keep an eye on that.  I AM ECO will be available in September.

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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Learn how to create these Chocolate Indulgence Cakes at The King Arthur Baking School in Norwich, VT.

I've been researching Vermont's flagship stores as we get closer to the possibility of opening up one of our own at Vermont Woods Studios

 

A few weeks ago Kendall and I drove up to see the brand new King Arthur Flour campus in Norwich, Vermont, just north of (White River Junction).  It's a gorgeous facility with hundreds of baking ingredients, gadgets & classes, a cafe & deli and a baking education center where you can attend classes to become the best baker in your network. 

But the best part of the new store is the wonderful smell of fresh baked bread that greets you when you enter. 

 

 

 

 

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Bake like a professional pastry chef!  The new Baking Education Center "welcomes all bakers, no matter your skill level or baking interest. Classes range from introductory demonstrations to intensive week-long courses for the professional, along with hands-on classes for both adults and children."

If you love baking and you're traveling through central Vermont, I should think King Arthur would be a must-see.  Try to visit on a nice day and you'll be able to enjoy lunch with freshly baked croissants (and cakes, breads, chiffons, mousse…) in a splendid courtyard in the middle of the campus. 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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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Happy Birthday Loryn!  Nice decorations— they remind me of an episode of The Office.  Next year we'll put someone other than Kendall in charge of party planning.

We celebrated Loryn's birthday this week.  I think if the decorations had been up to me I'd have made a more colorful choice, but for some reason, Kendall was put in charge.

 

So Loryn got deflated black, brown and gray balloons.  And a festive sign (that Kendall obviously worked very hard at): "It is your birthday".  You can't really see much of the trophy she was presented with, but it says "Fine Work Award".

If you're not a fanatical fan of "The Office"  (like some in our workplace), I can tell you that the decorating ideas were borrowed from an episode where the guys in The Office were put in charge of party planning.  What can I say?  It wasn't pretty in Scranton and neither is it in Vernon, VT.

But Loryn did get a kick out of it and we had a productive day at Vermont Woods Studios in spite of the occasional clowning around.

Happy Birthday Loryn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nice job on the cake, Manjula. 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.

 

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This high end Vermont Shaker chest and nightstand are handmade with solid cherry wood, and cherry veneers that are used in the case sides and backs.

Yesterday I wrote about our solid cherry furniture so today I wanted to follow up with a post about the furniture we carry that incorporates cherry veneers.

 

Sometimes customers come to us, initially averse to veneer but once they take a closer look they often change their minds.  I realize veneers have been given a negative connotation by companies that stick them on particle board to make cheap furniture.

But did you know that premium quality, high end veneers are used by some of the world’s most skilled furniture makers to add artistic flair and style to their work?

This is the case with the following six high end furniture collections:

Cherry Moon Furniture

Vermont Shaker Furniture

American Shaker Furniture

Copeland Sarah Shaker Furniture

Copeland Monterey Collection

Copeland Berkeley Collection

 

These furniture collections are made with all solid cherry wood except for the sides and backs of case goods.  Real wood veneer is used for case goods (chests, dressers, cabinets, night stands) sides and backs for esthetic and structural design reasons.  The pieces are made with frame and panel type construction and the use of solid wood in this design might cause the panels to warp in conditions of changing humidity.

As solid wood furniture specialists at Vermont Woods Studios, we spend a lot of time discussing the specifics of solid wood versus veneered construction methods with our customers.  Details for each of our collections are found in our Construction Details pages.  We welcome your comments and questions either below, on our Facebook, by phone or in person at our Vernon VT showroom.

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 Vermont Woods Studios, solid cherry furniture has always been our specialty.  Although most of our craftspeople routinely work in walnut, maple and oak too, cherry continues to be the favorite wood among our customers.  And many are specifically looking for all solid cherry wood, rather than cherry with veneers.

For those customers I thought it might be helpful to compile a current list of some of our most popular collections we offer in solid cherry wood.

Solid Cherry Furniture
Shown here, our Cherry Moon Pagoda Bed, case goods, veritical mirror and night stands all in real cherry wood.
Solid Cherry Furniture
Our Vermont Shaker Moon Bed in Cherry
Solid Cherry Furniture
Our Contemporary Craftsman High Footboard Bed and case goods
Solid Cherry Furniture
Out American Shaker Panel Bed, night stand and chest all in Cherry.
Solid Cherry Furniture
Our Brandon Panel Bed with a low footboard in Cherry.
Solid Cherry Furniture
Our Raised Panel Carriage Bed in real Cherry wood.
Solid Cherry Furniture
Our Classic Flat Panel Bed in cherry.
Solid Cherry Furniture
Our Classic Shaker Flare Leg Boat Top Table and our Classic Shaker Chair #2 all in cherry wood.
Solid Cherry Furniture
Our Modern American Platform Bed
Solid Cherry Furniture
Our Copeland Astrid Cherry Bedroom Set

 

 

Each of these collections is handmade here in VT with solid wood throughout (except the backs of some case goods*).  Sometimes our photos show the furniture in walnut or maple, but you can use the drop down menus to select cherry wood.  Details regarding how these furniture sets are built can be found on our Construction Details pages where you’ll find specifics on joinery, drawer slides, hardware options, premium wood selection, finishing methods, etc.

Tomorrow, I’ll post about cherry furniture that incorporates veneers.  Got questions?  Give us a call or post them on our Facebook.

 *  The backs of case goods in some of these collections are made of furniture grade plywood.  This choice is based on the stability of plywood, versus solid woods which expand and contract with varying humidity levels.  There are many structural and design details involved in a craftsman’s decision to use solid wood versus plywood.  Please check our Construction Details pages for specifics.

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.