GreenGuard Certified Furniture: Everything You Need to Know

Lynn Bed by Copeland Furniture with an eco friendly GreenGuard Certified lacquer finish

The furniture finishing industry is somewhat renowned for its use of questionable chemicals and behind-the-curtain practices. At one point in time, craftsmen used natural finishes like oil and wax or shellac.

But somewhere along the line there was a movement towards more durable, highly engineered wood finishes.

While these advancements in technology created finishes that are more durable, easier to apply, and cheaper than the traditional alternatives, they have also added some concerns about environmental sustainability and toxicity.

Just check out the standard warning that the State of California requires on many of the most common finishes sold in the US today:

WARNING: This product is known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive issues.

This movement towards chemically engineered wood finishes has created enough concern among consumers that third party testing organizations have sprung up to evaluate the safety of these finishes. One of the most common standards for verifying the safety of wood finishes is GreenGuard Certification.

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5 Solid Wood Oval Coffee Tables You’ll Love

Last updated on January 4th, 2020 at 10:04 am

French Country Oval Coffee Table
Our French Country Oval Coffee Table made in solid cherry wood with a Mahogany stain.

Our solid wood oval coffee tables are handcrafted in Vermont using real, North-American hardwoods: natural cherry, walnut, maple and oak. Designed and built to last forever, our coffee tables are made to order just for you and can be customized to perfectly fit your space and style.

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Wood Stains from Copeland Furniture

Copeland Audrey Table

If you’re not familiar with Copeland Furniture, they’re one of the leading manufacturers of modern and mid century furniture in the country. Located in Bradford, Vermont, Copeland was founded in 1976 by Tim Copeland.

Copeland offers furniture in cherry, walnut, maple, oak, and ash woods, and they use a clear, non-toxic lacquer as a wood finish.

In addition to offering furniture in several popular domestic hardwoods, Copeland also offers stained finishes on most of their collections. Here are their stain options for cherry, maple, ash, and oak (walnut is not typically stained due to its natural color).

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Wood Stains from Lyndon Furniture

If you’re not familiar with Lyndon Furniture, they’re one of the leading furniture makers in the state of Vermont. Founded by Dave Allard in 1976, Lyndon has spent the last several decades producing some of the highest quality furniture in New England.

Most of the furniture made at Lyndon is available in cherry, maple, oak, and walnut, and they use a clear, non-toxic lacquer as a wood finish. We also offer several stain options on cherry, maple, and oak (we don’t recommend staining walnut).

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26 Vermont Made Holiday Gift Ideas for 2019

Last updated on November 29th, 2019 at 06:35 pm

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. Read More

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Our Black Friday / Cyber Monday Sale for 2019

Last updated on December 2nd, 2019 at 05:11 am

Black Friday Sale at Vermont Woods Studios
Our biggest savings of the year! Get 20% off storewide. Excludes all home decor, outdoor furniture, artisan furniture, and Copeland collections. $1,800 minimum to qualify. Sale ends Monday, December 16th at 11:59pm. See additional details.

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Biophilic Design 101: Everything You Need to Know

Last updated on December 3rd, 2019 at 01:26 pm

Contemporary Craftsmen Collection with Plants on Dresser

Biophilic design is inspired by biophilia—a deep love of nature with an underlying, primal urge to connect to the natural world—and is commonly used to realign and reconnect urban centers with the natural environment. It accomplishes this by utilizing sustainable materials and building practices (WELL, FITWELL, LEED) that keep both the health of people and the planet in mind.

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Shabby Chic 101: What it is and How to Apply it in Your Home

Last updated on December 23rd, 2019 at 11:48 am

Shabby Chic kitchen decor
Notice the unsanded, unfinished, and reused wood palettes being used as shelves in this kitchen design, along with vintage rusting ornaments. These design aspects add a feeling of nostalgia and contribute to the shabby chic style. (Source)

Shabby chic is a style of interior design that utilizes distressed, worn, and antiquated decor to deliver an artistic and earthy aesthetic. It originates from Great Britain and in its early form, it was a rather grand style utilized by large country houses. Today this style usually isn’t quite as grandiose since it can be found in a variety of homes, both big and small, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that it still makes for instantaneously captivating accent pieces and furniture.

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Green Team Profile: Kelli Dobosz

Last updated on November 11th, 2019 at 11:59 am

Kelli Dobosz

In this #VWSGreenTeam profile, we’re introducing Kelli Dobosz. Kelli joined us recently to help lead our customer service and sales teams. She has two daughters, two dogs, and comes to us having spent the last several years managing a team of medical professionals (so you know she’s detail oriented!). She’s also a former member of the U.S. Navy and has a long family history of military service.

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5 of the Most Common Types of Cedar Trees

Search results for "cedar tables"
You can see that an internet search for “cedar tables” shows what appears to be multiple types of cedar wood. Here’s a breakdown of 5 of the most common types of cedar.

“Cedar” can be a confusing wood because most trees we’d consider to be cedar aren’t from the species cedrela. For example, Eastern red cedar, by its scientific name Juniperus virginiana L., is actually from the species juniper, as the moniker indicates. However, Eastern red cedar is the tree responsible for most of the cedar lumber encountered in furniture in the U.S.

Five of the most common types of cedar trees are covered below.

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