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Vermont woodworkers: this is a no-brainer. Vermont Fine Furniture & Wood Products Design Competition is a great opportunity to gain recognition and notoriety for your work.

 

Calling all Vermont woodworkers and fine furniture makers.  The 9th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture & Wood Products Design Competition wants YOU.  The festival which has been dubbed one of Vermont's Top Ten Fall Events by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce is a great opportunity to gain recognition and notoriety for your work.

 

 

Join some of the world's finest woodworkers and furniture designers and compete for best:

  • Custom Studio Furniture
  • Production Furniture
  • Custom Woodenware and
  • Carving and Sculpture

There is also a special category where students and apprentices can compete.  The Woodworking festival takes place September 29-30, 2012 in Woodstock, Vermont and the Design Contest entry forms are here.  If you're not already linked into the Vermont woodworking community, we recommend you become a member of the Vermont Wood Manufacturing Association, VWMA first.  That gets you a discount on entry fees and insider info on all things wood in Vermont.  We hope you join with us, VWMA and the "best of the best" woodworkers who are letting the world know that Vermont's the Fine Furniture Capital of America.

 

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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Above are the newest Vermont Woods Studios superstars who design, build and operate our online furniture store.  They are from left to right:  Taegen Fletcher, Heather Gantt, (Peggy Farabaugh), Heather Barrett, Trenton Fletcher, Loryn Dion, Liz Francese and Kendall Farabaugh.  All are wishing you a great holiday!

 

 

 

 

All of us here at Vermont Woods Studios are wishing you a safe and happy Fourth of July.

The staff is taking today off to enjoy with their families but our 4th of July Furniture Sale is on 24/7 if you would like to shop or make a purchase.  We'll be back in the showroom tomorrow to work with you directly and answer any questions you may have.

Happy Fourth and thanks for your continued support of our work!

 

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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Do you think this farmhouse would make a good home for Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture?

Vermont Woods Studios is growing.  Maybe you've noticed that we have a few new faces in our small office/furniture showroom on Fort Bridgeman Road in Vernon.  There are 9 of us now, plus a couple summer interns.  Hard to believe!

Everyone's being a real good sport about the occasional crowding.  On nice days we think up excuses to work outside at the picnic (conference) table and that helps.  But clearly it's time to scout around for a new home.

This is one possibility we're looking at.  It's an old (circa 1800) farmhouse that was transformed into a local ski area in the 1940s.  Great story. 

We're looking at a number of other options as well and I'll share more pictures as we journey through the process of finding the one that works best for us.  Stay tuned and let me know what you think on our Facebook page.

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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Golf is the plan for this Dad on Father's Day 2012

We're wishing all you fathers out there a very happy and healthy Father's Day!  Here in Vermont the weather is absolutely beautiful so if you're not already at the Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival, gather up the golf clubs or fishing poles, grab the kids and go make some memories.  

 

Oh… and don't forget the camera!

 

 

 

Happy Father's Day from your friends at Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture

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.

 

I started Vermont Woods Studios Fine Furniture almost 7 years ago as part of a mission to help with rainforest conservation. We promote American made furniture that's built with local, sustainably harvested wood as an alternative to imported furniture made with illegal tropical timber, clear cut from the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests.

 

But a couple years ago when we were searching for an eco-friendly line of outdoor furniture, I began to learn that furniture is such a HUGE commodity it's manufacture affects ocean conservation as well as forest conservation.  Often when rainforests are clear-cut for timber, they are converted into plantations that require massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. The whole process results in soil erosion, run-off, ocean pollution and coral bleaching. 

This knowledge is what led us to begin carrying our Polywood outdoor furniture collection which is made from recycled plastic beverage containers, rather than rainforest woods like teak or mahogany.   I know this is a convoluted pathyway, but that's what reminded me of today's designation as World Oceans Day

There's no denying it– we are destroying the oceans and we need to take action to restore them.  90% of the big fish are gone and many of the fish caught today never even have the chance to reproduce. The average size of the remaining big fish has been cut in half in the last 50 years (the average weight of a swordfish caught today is 90 lbs., down from 266 lbs. in 1960).

The Green Prophet has some great suggestions if you're wondering what you can do to help restore the oceans.  In addition to avoiding the purchase of furniture made from tropical woods (like teak, mahogany, ipe and eucalyptus) you can also help by eating only sustainably harvested fish and learning more about ocean conservation.

OK, thanks for reading all this.  Now time to head out to the beach for a swim!

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.