Vermont Woods Studios in the News

Peggy Farabaugh
Conscious Connection Magazine interviews VWS Owner, Peggy Farabaugh

After weathering hurricane Katrina and losing her teaching job at Tulane because of flooding, she did what any social entrepreneur would do — start a company to save the planet. But it was her deep passion for Vermont’s furniture industry and sustainable forestry that fueled her often challenging rise to success.

Now Peggy is the Founder & Chief Executive Believer at Vermont Woods Studios where she’s grown the company exponentially towards fulfilling their mission of raising environmental awareness.

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Woodworking Network
Woodworking Network. 'Mass Appeal for Master Craftsmen: Vermont Woods Studios

The woodworkers are part of a network cultivated by Vermont Woods Studios, a company dedicated to promoting the Vermont custom furniture industry on a large scale. Natural finishes are standard for each custom piece, along with hardwoods sourced from Vermont tree farmers and sawmill operators.

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One Green Planet
One Green Planet. '5 Furniture Brands That Don’t Contribute to Deforestation

Of the 7.5 billion virgin forests that once covered the Earth, nearly half have been cut down for human consumption, with devastating effects, such as global warming, and threatening indigenous people and native species. And 40 million additional acres disappear to clear-cutting and unsustainable logging practices each year. But wood products and furniture have been prized for centuries for their beauty, durability, and availability. So, how can you furnish your home with the beauty of wood furniture while being eco-friendly?

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Polywood Set
Evoke Modern. '5 Outstanding Modern Outdoor Furniture Ideas

Of the 7.5 billion virgin forests that once covered the Earth, nearly half have been cut down for human consumption, with devastating effects, such as global warming, and threatening indigenous people and native species. And 40 million additional acres disappear to clear-cutting and unsustainable logging practices each year. But wood products and furniture have been prized for centuries for their beauty, durability, and availability. So, how can you furnish your home with the beauty of wood furniture while being eco-friendly?

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Walnut Dresser
Houzz. 'Guest Picks: Beautiful Things You Can Feel Good About Buying

Focusing on locally grown woods means that Vermont Woods Studios avoids using tropical rainforest materials; it also means a lower impact on the environment, because the company doesn’t ship raw materials across the sea.

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Architectural Digest. "Eco Friendly Green Products for Earth Day

The Classic Folding Adirondack chair by Vermont Woods Studios looks like traditional wood but is actually made of eco-friendly Polywood recycled-plastic lumber. It comes in 13 fade-resistant frame colors (shown here in lime) with UV protection, and cushions in a variety of Sunbrella fabrics can be added at an additional cost...

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Mother Earth Living
Mother Earth Living. "Our 7 Favorite Garden Products

Relax out back in this South Beach Adirondack outdoor chaise lounge. Crafted in the U.S. from recycled plastic and backed by a lifetime guarantee, you can rest easy knowing tropical hardwoods in the rainforest are safe.

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Tavern Table
Joycott: A Way With Wood

Vermont Woods Studios foregoes tropical and rainforest woods and instead uses woods only found in the United States. Maple from Vermont, walnut from Indiana and cherry wood from Pennsylvania are used in the pieces. The company only works with builders that source from American forests that have forest management plans in place, and the studio itself tries to source its own hardwoods within a 500 mile radius to reduce the carbon imprint.

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Adirondack Chairs
Inhabitat: Vermont Woods Studios' Colorful Polywood Chairs Are Made From Over 90% Recycled Plastic

Vermont Woods Studios‘s colorful Polywood all-weather outdoor furniture is made from over 90% recycled materials! It’s hard to believe that this high-end, luxury beach and patio furniture is the product of plastic milk jugs and water bottles, but it’s true. The material is cleaned in a thorough decontamination process which removes any residue, paper, and adhesives...

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Home Working Lands Enterprise Initiative
Workinglands.Vermont.Gov 'Gov. Shumlin announces final 16 grantees of the Working Lands Fund

“Vermonters are committed to supporting and expanding our value-added farm and forest industries,” said Gov. Shumlin. “By investing in technical assistance and infrastructure projects, these grants will help farmers and those who work our woodlands prosper and grow sustainably for future generations.”

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Peggy Farabaugh
Brattleboro Reformer: Vernon Business Creates 'Welcome Center' in Historic Home

Peggy Farabaugh wanted to give her customers a "Vermont experience." And that goal has informed every aspect of Vermont Woods Studios' new home: The business has moved into a 220-year-old farmhouse on a former ski area, and Farabaugh has filled it with Vermont-made furniture, local art and a personal touch.

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Living Room Furniture
Houzz: Strange but True Parallels Between Early Western and Old Japanese Style

If you have wabi-sabi inclinations, discovering this Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and impermanence feels like coming home. Most of us have been feeling the little-known philosophy’s likeness, whether we've known it or not, for most of our lives. That's because Western design shifted toward a similar wabi-sabi simplicity centuries ago.

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Shaker Bedroom Set
Nationalist Magazine. Made in America Feature, "Growing Up American: Vermont Woods Studios

Owner & founder Peggy Farabaugh was inspired to start Vermont Woods Studios after reading about animal habitats with her children. Her research uncovered that wildlife habitats were diminishing at a rapid rate due to the wood industry's increased illegal harvesting of wood from these rainforests.

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New York Times
New York Times: Sales at Vermont Woods Studio, Nancy Koltes and Others

The New York Times featured Vermont Woods Studios products in their Home & Garden deals section.

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New York Times
Vermont Woods Studios Aims to Reduce the Impact Furniture Making Has on Rainforests

Vermont Woods Studios is a sustainable fine furniture company founded by Vermont native, Peggy Farabaugh. Shocked by the waste produced by the wood industry each year, Peggy wanted to help decrease the impact furniture making has on rainforests by incorporating the idea that if we are conscious about the wood furniture we bring into our home, we can save the habitats of endangered species around the globe who are put at risk by illegal wood harvesting each year.

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Furniture Crafting
Handcrafted Furniture: 10 Favorite Sources

Mass produced and flat pack furniture is great when you're starting out, if you move often or if you'll take trend over quality. When you really want to start planting roots, however, it can be nice to invest in quality, handcrafted furniture that you'll appreciate for years to come.

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American Bedroom Furniture
USA Today: Furniture Makers Show Made in USA Pride

"We [in Vermont] have this 250-year-old tradition of furniture made with local wood. I thought this could be a good way to accomplish my environmental goal, as well as helping Vermont furniture makers." - Peggy Farabaugh

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Outdoor Glider
Apartment Therapy: 6 Outdoor Gliders for Warm Lazy Days

"Last week I rounded up a selection of porch swings perfect for lazy summer days. Porch swings aren't always practical - you need a very secure spot to suspend one. That's where outdoor gliders come in!"

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Made in America: Holiday Shopping Challenge Featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, Winter 2012

Made in America
Peggy Farabaugh Featured on WCAX, Summer 2012

Ken and Peggy Farabaugh had a very simple focus when they decided to start a furniture store in the small town of Vernon.

"Fine furniture from sustainable sources" the slogan for Vermont Woods Studios reads. The idea was that everything they sold be from Vermont-based craftsman using Vermont resources", Ken said...

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Vermont Woods Studios Sign
Vermont Woods Studios Owner Featured on Popular News Station

Vermont Woods Studios represents craftspeople across the state, providing a low cost venue for the marketing and sale of their work. Their mission is to collaborate with Vermont's fine furniture makers, enabling them to spend more time in their studios doing what they do best: making beautiful, solid wood furniture.

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Vermont Woods Studios on Weather Channel, 2010

Watch Vermont Woods Studios as featured in a national broadcast on The Weather Channel. View Peggy Farabugh's chat with show host Mark Elliot. Learn more about Vermont Woods Studios' fine handcarfted American-made furniture that's built from sustainably-harvested wood.


Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal interviews Peggy Farabaugh about Small Business Jobs Act, 22nd September, 2010

The Small Business Jobs Act simmering in Washington contains a host of new tax credits and lending measures that are designed to spur hiring at small businesses. But business owners and advocacy groups have mixed reviews on the provisions.

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Peggy Farabaugh
Cabinetmaker FDM Writes About Peggy Farabaugh

As in the tales of many new enterprises, the story of Vermont Woods Studios begins when founder Peggy Farabaugh got laid off from a totally unrelated job. As she was casting about for new opportunities, her husband was finishing an addition for a hobby woodworking shop, and they considered turning it into a business...

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Vermont Woods Studios on Fox News, 14th May, 2010

Watch Vermont Woods Studios as featured live on the nationally broadcast FOX News Show, The Strategy Room. View our chat with show host Harris Faulkner from FOX's Manhattan studio. Learn more about Vermont's fine handmade furniture, the artisans who make it and the importance of choosing American-made furniture that's built from sustainably-harvested wood.


Windsor Rocker
Customized, Hand Crafted Furniture from Vermont Woods Studios

Vermont Woods Studios is a small group of skilled artisans who produce handmade, customized furniture made from responsibly harvested sustainable material.

Peggy Farabaugh, a former teacher at Tulane University owns and runs Vermont Woods Studios. Still very much the educator in her present role, she has a passion for educating people about the environment...

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Vermont Hadcrafted Bed
Unique Green Furniture Trends Combine Ecology with Technology

Vermont Woods Studios, is a community of sustainable furniture makers spread out across Vermont dedicated to fine craftsmanship.

Using only premium solid hardwoods primarily from the Green Mountains of Vermont, Vermont Woods Studios uses only locally grown, certifiably sustainable woods and sometimes even reclaimed barn wood materials from dismantled New England barns...

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Modern Media Console
Ideal Living's Spring Styles

This retractable modern pop-up TV-media console features a sleek rounded front and high-end tambour doors that slide smoothly out of the way to reveal all media equipment. What’s more, the touch of a remote control almost magically raises any flat-screen or plasma TV from the back of the entertainment center for easy viewing.

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Redwood Forest
New Web Site Sees Light Through the Trees, June 2nd, 2006

Some of the most successful applications of Internet technology continue to be those that harness its ability to link people with common interests, such as Craigslist.org and eBay.com. This is also the idea behind Vermontwoods.com, which brings together Vermont woodworkers, many of whom work in solitude in their own studios, and the consumers interested in handcrafted furniture made from sustainable harvested wood.

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