The youngest son of co-founders Peggy and Ken Farabaugh, Riley has filled different roles within the organization since it was founded out of a spare bedroom in the family home in 2005. As the son of the first Vermont Woods Studios craftsmen, Riley has been quickly learning more and more about woodworking, sustainable forestry, and the ins-and-outs of the furniture industry.
Alex joined our sales and operations team in early 2021, and she’s been busy taking orders and soaking up as much training as she can from the rest of the team. We are growing quickly, so Alex is being pushed into the deep end and learning how to swim as she goes. Luckily, she comes to us with some great prior experience, including an interest in furniture and experience in marketing and sales.
2020 was a crazy year for all of us but looking back, we actually got a lot done. Here’s the run down…
We Learned How to Zoom & #WFH
When the seriousness of the pandemic became clear, we made significant changes to facilitate and implement a work-from-home #WFH strategy. We owe a big debt of gratitude to Brian, who helped facilitate a smooth transition to remote work, implementing new technology solutions like Slack, Zoom, and AirCall to ensure we maintained communication both within the organization as well as with customers. Read More
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We all know the importance of supporting the US economy and buying American made holiday gifts, but let’s not forget about supporting our own local economy here in Vermont. The Green Mountain State has become a bastion for high-quality craftsmanship and original artistry, and there’s tons of Vermont made products that could put a smile on any face.
When you think of products from Vermont your mind probably goes to maple syrup, craft beer and cheese, and of course those made our list, but we’ve included some other great products as well!
Dovetail joints have long been a symbol in woodworking for high quality craftsmanship. Their appearance on a drawer box usually indicates that the furniture is built to last for many years. And while traditional dovetails are fairly easy to recognize, many people might not know that there are actually many different types of dovetail joinery techniques.
In this article, we’ll explain the four most common types of dovetail joints, and also explain the different between English dovetails and French dovetails.
Lyndon Furniture is one of the most prolific furniture manufacturers in the state of Vermont. Founded by Dave Allard in 1976, Lyndon employs over 100 craftspeople in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Known for their classic designs and quality craftsmanship, Lyndon’s best-selling collections include the Classic Shaker Collection, Brighton Collection, American Mission, Vermont Modern, and Andrews Collection, among others (Note: We have re-named some of Lyndon’s collections to better reflect the designs).
Here’s what some of our customers are saying about the workmanship and quality of furniture coming out of the Lyndon Furniture workshop:
“We are thrilled with style, workmanship and function.” – Drew F, Kentucky
“We love it.” – Charles & Jessica S, Connecticut
“We love the chairs, they are just what we wanted.” – E&J
“The tables are amazing and we will be back!” – Paul B, Ohio
Here’s what some of our customers are saying about the workmanship and quality of furniture coming out of the Maple Corner Woodworks team:
“I see Robin’s furniture as a reflection of his own demeanor: elegant, refined and genuine. He’s a master at combining authentic Shaker sensibilities with modern, contemporary design.” -Peggy Farabaugh, Founder @ Vermont Woods Studios
“Beautiful and fantastically crafted furniture. The furniture is just a delight to be around.” – Customer from Menlo Park, CA
“[Their furniture] is truly a work of art. This is a gorgeous piece of furniture, impeccably finished and about as high a quality as I’ve ever seen.” – Customer from Alexandria, VA
“We love [their] craftsmanship. Each piece is a work of art.” – Customer from Shaftsbury, VT
“This exceeds anything we ever dreamed of! Every piece is just spectacular.” – Customer from Maryland
“It’s quite simply beautiful, and exactly what I needed. It is so exquisitely crafted- I keep opening and closing the drawer, amazed at how smooth it is, and stroking the grain! It is the first piece of ‘real’ furniture I’ve ever bought for myself. There’ s a palpable difference sitting at a desk made from living wood as opposed to all the fake industrial substances out there.” – Customer from Chicago, IL
George Nakashima (1905-1990) was an architect, designer, and woodworker that was a driving force behind 20th-century furniture innovation. The aesthetic of his furniture can be described as a unique mix of European Modernism with Japanese woodwork. Elements woven through his body of work can also be attributed to the influence of his love of nature, formal education in architecture, and his time spent in India.
Nakashima practiced during the mid-20th century, but his work was a divergence from most of the other designers of that period. Whereas many designers during the time looked to incorporate new materials like metal, plastic, plywood, and glass into their designs, Nakashima preferred to work with solid, natural wood. No doubt his relationship with Antonin Raymond, a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright (the father of “Organic Architecture”), influenced this propensity.
At Vermont Woods Studios, we certainly have a passion and appreciation for high quality craftsmanship and woodworking, but, the truth is, Peggy founded this business out of a passion for forest conservation.
It was this one astounding statistic that really lit a fire under her in 2005:
Every second, an acre of rainforest is lost forever
Vermont Woods Studios was founded on two core principles- a desire to protect the world’s forests and a reverence for high quality craftsmanship.
Over the years, we’ve added a handful of Vermont craftsmen to our offerings, all of whom design furniture and decor that is beautiful, high quality, and uniquely their own. However, it’s hard to ignore the influence that some of America’s most prolific designers have had on the furniture designs produced today.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants” -Isaac Newton
Here are some of the most renowned American furniture designers of all time, which continue to inspire craftsman all over the world today: