We received a customer photo and review about our walnut bedroom furniture from Jim and Carol E of Fullerton, California:
Thank you for the beautiful, custom made King-size, Walnut Patti Smith wide slat bed. It was delivered to our home today by the top-notch staff (J.R. & Rick) of White Glove Delivery Service. We are appreciative that J.R. & Rick were quite helpful and took great care to not only the new bed but also our home as part of their delivery service. The mattress and box springs bed frame work perfectly with our new Ortho mattress.
Walnut is a huge trend in furniture this year and since so many customers are interested in it, I thought I’d post a few more photos and links to articles we’ve written.
We extend our thanks to journalist and woodworker, Jo-Ann Kaiser who featured Vermont Woods Studios Walnut Furniture in Woodworking Network magazine, a respected source of "information and inspiration for professional woodworkers". Jo-Ann's article titled, "American Black Walnut: A Bold & Beautiful Furniture Species" talked not only about the beauty of walnut wood and it's growing popularity but also discussed the danger that walnut trees have been facing over the last 10 years.
It's called "1000 Canker's disease" and it typically kills walnut trees within three years of infection. Similar to other tree-attacking diseases that wiped out the American Chestnut and Elm trees, the spread of this one is fueled by people moving logs, walnuts and any part of the tree from infested areas into disease-free areas. It's spreading from the West to East and has already been found in Pennsylvania.
The situation is alarming and I mention it here in hopes that you will pass this on to anyone who may have walnut trees on their property or who uses walnut for firewood, nuts or lumber. People should contact their state department of agriculture for more information.
It would be a shame to see another beautiful (and valuable) tree species slip into extinction. Perhaps there is something we can do to avoid that.
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.
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!
We've always offered black walnut as a choice for our Vermont Woods Studios furniture but to be honest, walnut hasn't been very popular these last several years. I'm not sure why, but lately the tables have turned! Just in the last few weeks we've had more inquiries for walnut furniture than over the past 2 years.
I think walnut is a stunning hardwood. It's a chocolate-brown color and generally much more figured than other local woods we work with. Walnut furniture has great character and richness.
Live edge walnut furniture seems to be what's really on fire now. Our friend and woodworking magician, Dan does a lot of work with live edge walnut. I think he's going to be very busy this year.
How do you like this live edge table? Greg built this one a couple months ago. The customer had a hand in designing this live edge showpiece and I love the way it turned out.