Vermont Made Furniture: A History

Last updated on March 16th, 2020 at 07:30 am

History of Vermont Made Furniture
The American Shaker Bedroom Furniture Set is handmade here in Vermont using the same timeless Shaker styling and craftsmanship that Vermont’s been famous for over 250 years.  Learn more about the History of Vermont Made Furniture in our encyclopedia.

250 Years of Woodworking and Furniture Making in Vermont

Last year we had so much interest from customers about the history of Vermont made furniture, we started an encyclopedia of sorts.  Did you know that Vermont furniture making history can be traced back to the 17th century?  And by the 18th century almost every town in Vermont had woodworkers making furniture, tools and utensils.

Wood products became the single most important manufacturing industry in Vermont during the 19th century.  It was then that Vermont made furniture and wood products began their long history of export to customers all over the U.S. and abroad.  Wood furniture, wooden cutting boards and bowls, bowling pins, baskets, drumsticks, toys, musical instruments, golf tees, cheese boxes, wooden dolls, gun racks, Scrabble tiles, snowshoes, clothes pins, and wooden shipping boxes were (and continue to be) all products of a thriving Vermont woodworking industry.

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26 Vermont Made Holiday Gift Ideas for 2020

Last updated on August 10th, 2020 at 08:34 am

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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What Ever Happened to H.T. Cushman Furniture?

Last updated on September 17th, 2019 at 08:59 am

Cushman Furniture: Brand Plate for Cushman Colonial Creations

The H.T. Cushman Manufacturing Company was founded in 1886 and spent close to 100 years building furniture in Bennington, Vermont. The company began by building coat racks, pencil boxes, hat hangers, and more, but soon became well known for their furniture.

The business was sold to General Industries in 1964 by Hall W. Cushman, the third generation of the Cushman family to manage the business. In 1971 the facility was sold to Green Mountain Furniture Co, which subsequently went out of business in 1980.

Even though the H.T. Cushman company is no longer producing furniture, their impact on the legacy of furniture craftsmanship in Vermont is clear.

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7 of the Best Architects in Vermont

Interior Designer in Southern Vermont | Priscilla Cotton
Meet Southern Vermont’s favorite interior designer, Priscilla Cotton of Cotton Design in Newfane

We’ve often written about the rich history of craftsmanship in Vermont, but did you know this small state is also full of great architects, builders, and interior designers? Some of them even build furniture. In fact, there are many more that deserve to make this list.

Here’s a list of our favorite Vermont architects:

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What Ever Happened to Manchester Wood?


 


Manchester Wood was founded in 1976 and spent 42 years manufacturing solid wood furniture in the state of Vermont. At its peak, the company was generating $8-12 million per year in revenue and employed close to 200 people.

The founder, Clifford “Cliff” Pierce, built Manchester Wood into a multi-million dollar business by selling in bulk to retailers across the country. He had over 300 wholesale clients including LL Bean, Crate & Barrel, JC Penney, Sears, Pottery Barn, Macy’s, and more.

The business was known for building high-quality, solid wood furniture. The most popular products were mission style bookcases and sofa tables, adirondack chairs, and folding desks and tray tables. It was a multi-generation family business.

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What Ever Happened to Vermont Tubbs Furniture?

Last updated on July 7th, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Vermont Tubbs signage on wood bed dated 2002
Vermont Tubbs signage on an ash wood bed signed by Lewis in 2002 (Image Source)

Vermont Tubbs was founded in 1840 and spent close to 170 years manufacturing wood furniture in Brandon, VT. In the early 2000’s, the company was generating an estimated $16 million per year and employed 250+ people, but it was struggling to turn a profit.

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Pieces of Vermont in L’Avenue at Saks

Last updated on January 1st, 2020 at 07:36 pm

L'Avenue at Saks
Saks 5th Avenue just opened L’Avenue, a French-art deco inspired restaurant & Le Chalet, a cozy, après-ski style lounge. Fabulous food, pastries by Chef Pierre Hermé, cocktails by Mixologist Nico de Soto and Vermont-made furniture … what’s not to love? Reservations at Resy.com or call (212) 940-4099.

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Buy Vermont Made Furniture from VT Companies

Last updated on June 20th, 2019 at 11:47 am

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Steve Upton Wildlife Photography Roars into Vermont Woods

Last updated on April 24th, 2018 at 10:22 am

Steve Upton | Wildlife Photography Exhibit | Vermont Woods Studios
Wildlife photographer, Steve Upton  is showcasing his work at Stonehurst this Spring and Summer. Over a dozen photos are available to view and purchase in-store as well as online.

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All New – Hubbardton Forge Mini Pendants

Winter Mini Pendant | Hubbardton Forge Mini Pendants
Hubbardton Forge Mini Pendants – Winter Mini Pendant

Our brand new Hubbardton Forge mini pendants personify genuine Vermont craftsmanship and design, making them ideal for every day use. Small lighting fixtures can bring endless personality and style to any room in your home. These mini pendants provide focused light for any work surface below–  soft illumination that makes your surroundings glow with life.

Can’t decide? Here are a few of our favorites:
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