Vermont is home to some of the best fine furniture makers in America, and indeed the world. Last month Vermont Woods Studios attended the annual Fine Furniture Festival and Design Contest in Woodstock, Vermont and it was bigger and better than ever. I wanted to recognize the winners and share a few photos of their work with you.
Brent Karner of Clear Lake Furniture was awarded First Place in the Production Furniture category for his beautiful custom wall unit with bookcases, media storage and a fireplace mantle.
Johns Congdon took First Place in the Custom and Studio Furniture category for his Alienor Writing Desk.
Mario Messina's Abacus Table took Second Place in the Custom and Studio Furniture category.
David Hurwitz's State of Craft Table took tThird Place in the Custom and Studio Furniture Category.
Congratulations to everyone on your impressive achievements! See more photos on our Facebook.
I can't believe it's leaf-peeping season already… an annual outdoor extravaganza that comes with great ambivalence among Vermonters. Most of us are not really ready to think about the winter ahead yet, but on the other hand, Fall is pretty spectacular up here in New England.
It's an annual gathering of Vermont's fine furniture makers– undoubtedly some of the best, most meticulous craftspeople in the world. Here you'll get to see, feel and sit in beautiful, handcrafted solid wood furniture that's unlike anything you've seen in the stores. You'll get to chat with craftsepople whose pieces live in luxurious penthouses and mansions around the world. And you'll find that they are approachable, down to earth and passionate about the integrity of their work.
Honestly, if you're interested in furniture with authentic old world craftsmanship and/or creative modern style, Woodstock is the place to be. And acquiring this kind of heirloom furniture is not out of reach– not when you're shopping in Vermont.
OK, it's a totally different product than what you'll find in "luxury furniture stores" like Restoration Hardware or Crate and Barrel. It's American made with sustainably harvested wood and it's made (and usually guaranteed) to last a lifetime so naturally the price will be higher than the imported furniture you're used to seeing in stores.
But if you're looking for value, you won't find a better opportunity than this. You'll be purchasing direct from the furniture makers and your solid wood furniture will be made to order just for you. Shipping is no problem either. These professionals have been shipping their work around the globe for years and they know how to do it right.