Figured Maple 101: Spalted, Birdseye, Curly & More

Last updated on September 17th, 2019 at 09:02 am

Figured maple wood is one of the most common types of wood you’ll find in artisan and custom wood furniture, especially here in Vermont.

Some of the most common types of figuring found in natural maple wood are spalting, birdseye patterns, curling, ambrosia, and quilting. Tapped maple is also a common way for craftsmen infuse creativity and uniqueness into their furniture design.

In this post, we’ll walk you through the different kinds of figured maple and what gives each its distinguishing characteristics.

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Green Team Profile: Greg Augustine

Liz, Peggy, and Greg greening up at the Vernon Dam

Greg joined the team early in 2019 to fill a position managing the Stonehurst property, helping with shipping, logistics, and warehousing, and making sure the showroom stays warm during the winter by keeping the wood stacked near the outdoor boiler.

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7 Asian-Inspired Furniture Collections

Asian Inspired Furniture Collections. Seen here, the Astrid Bedroom Set in natural cherry.

The term “Asian style furniture” isn’t just reserved for black lacquered chests and painted tables. Asian design philosophies have influenced hardwood furniture even here in the United States.

This kind of Eastern design influence is evident in the use of vertical moon-shaped cuts and irregular joinery techniques, such as is seen in our Contemporary Craftsman and Exeter collections, respectively.

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7 Solid Wood Parsons Tables You’ll Love

 

Modern Mission Parsons Table with matching Grand Mission Dining Chairs
Our Modern Mission Parsons Table built with natural cherry wood and matching Modern Mission Dining Chairs

One of the most common table designs we get asked about is the Parsons table. There’s a lot of misinformation about what exactly this type of table looks like, so we’ve decided to clear that up with a quick explanation of what a Parsons table looks like and a list of our favorites that are made in Vermont.

What is a Parsons Table?

Parsons tables were first designed in the 1930’s by French designer Jean-Michel Frank in a class he was teaching for a satellite campus of the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. Authentic Parsons tables are square or rectangular with square cylindrical legs that are equal in proportion to the height of the table skirt.

In a true Parsons table design, the table skirt is flush with the table top, meaning there’s no overhang on the table, and the legs are positioned squarely on the edges of the table such that the area within the rectangular base is equal to that of the table top.

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NEW: Modern Industrial Furniture Collection

Modern Industrial Dining Set
Our Modern Industrial Table and matching Modern Industrial Benches shown in natural walnut wood

Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new collection designed by our very own team at Vermont Woods Studios. Please welcome, the Modern Industrial Furniture Collection.

The Modern Industrial collection features solid wood table tops with powder-coated black steel legs. They’re perfect for the modern kitchen, commercial restaurants and pubs, or just to spice up a room with some new colors and textures.

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Green Team Profile: Sophia Rabe

Sophia Rabe: Social Media Manager for Vermont Woods Studios & Owner at Olive and Milo

In this post we’re profiling another member of our “Green Team,” Sophia Rabe. Sophie joined us in 2018 to help us connect with more people on social media and figure out how to use social platforms to increase awareness and support for our mission. She helps out with our post scheduling, audience engagement, and paid social advertising.

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Green Team Profile: Katie O’Neil

Last updated on April 13th, 2019 at 10:21 am

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Katie joined us early in 2019 to help out our sales & operations team. She’s on the front lines answering phone calls and live chats from customers, communicating with craftsmen about customizations, and touring guests around our showroom.

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Raw vs Boiled vs Polymerized Linseed Oil

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Oiled Wood Furniture
Our Andover Bedroom Set in Natural Cherry with a Raw Linseed Oil Finish

Linseed oil, also known as flaxseed oil, is one of the most popular wood finishes in the world. Like other hand-rubbed oil finishes, linseed oil saturates deep into the wood grain to protect against scratches and changes in humidity. It is easy to care for, eco-friendly, and produces a satin finish that really brings out the color and grain of the wood underneath.

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Linseed Oil vs Tung Oil: What’s the Difference?

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Often times when considering an oil finish for a piece of wood furniture, you might be comparing tung oil to linseed oil or danish oil. All three terms are often misunderstood and misused.

The term danish oil is a catch all term used by manufacturers to describe a blended oil finish that may or may not contain linseed oil and/or tung oil. But what are linseed oil and tung oil and when is it appropriate to use each?

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What Color is Walnut Wood?

Last updated on April 9th, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Modern Walnut Office Furniture
A Catalina Office Set from Copeland Furniture in solid black walnut wood

American black walnut wood is dark, hard, dense and tight-grained. It’s prized by woodworkers for its strength, grain and color. It polishes to a very smooth finish, and the color ranges from creamy white in the sapwood to a dark chocolate in the heartwood.

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