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.

Prior to joining Vermont Woods Studios, Greg worked as a craftsman at Michael Humphries Woodworking building everything from cabinets to furniture.

We’re psyched to have Greg as a part of the Green Team and excited to see how he continues to grow into and define his new role.

Q&A with Greg Augustine

When did you start at Vermont Woods Studios and what brought you here?

I started on March 25th 2019. The woodworking shop I had been working for recently shut down and this job listing seemed very interesting to me.

What does a typical work day look like for you?

My days are so varied from one to the next, but I typically check emails for any urgent tasks/items to order. I’ll check in with Dennis and see what schemes he’s cooking up and carry out assignments around Stonehurst/the Mill.

When on the road it’s usually a great deal of driving, music and podcasts sprinkled in with rest stops, lifting furniture, hopefully some lunch and then a long ride home… hopefully no weigh stations to slow me down!

What’s your favorite part about working at Vermont Woods Studios?

It’s a toss up between exploring Vermont, and the “every day is different” aspect which keeps things fresh.

Pizza or Ice Cream?

Pizza. Always pizza.

What’s your favorite Vermont brand (other than Vermont Woods Studios)?

Burton Snowboards
Actual image of Greg snowboarding on a Burton board. Just kidding.

Dennis is probably screaming beer companies right now but I do have to say I’m a lifelong Ben and Jerry’s fan. I also used to give Burton Snowboards all of my money.

Describe your typical commute to work.

Half highway, half winding through the Bernardston and Vernon woods on Huckle Hill Rd and always with loud music

You’re furnishing your dream house. What’s in it?

A custom built library with big leather executive chairs and an ungodly large antique taxidermied animal with lights and decorations all over it (I saw a caribou like this once, it was amazing).

Also a meditation room with salt/oil lamps, and a meditation bench that I will one day build.

You’re dumping your old dining set. What’s next? Why?

Our Catalina Walnut Extension Table by Copeland Furniture shown in solid, natural walnut

A 14 x 5 foot solid walnut banquet table just so I can see the horrified look on my friend’s faces when they know I finally got revenge for all the moves I’ve helped with over the years!

Pick one bed to sleep on for the rest of your life.

I love my current Purple mattress.

What else should we know about you?

I can’t tell you all of my secrets right away, have patience.

What are you jamming out to?

Lately it has been a lot of black metal bands like Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Somn, Aoratos, and Deafheaven but I’m also trying to dive into the new album, I Am Easy To Find, by The National.

What’s one book you’d recommend everyone should read?

The Road by Cormac McCarthy was one I had a hard time putting down.

What are you watching on Netflix?

Avengers: Infinity War has seen quite a few plays in the past months

What’s your all-time favorite quote to live by?

“The only way out is in” – Jaggi Vasudev. I love the idea that if we fix ourselves we change our world for the better!

Who’s your favorite superhero?

Credit: Wired.com

Thor is a top hero (vikings represent!).

Honorable mentions: Spiderman and Silver Surfer

If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

Japanese Maple

What’s your spirit animal?

Wolf

If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be?

My fiance, she’s the funniest person I know and we always have too much fun.

It’s a hot summer Saturday in Vermont. Where are you, and what are you doing?

Either finding a good outdoor lunch spot or tubing down the West River

What’s your favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s?

Cherry Garcia – classics never say die!

Write your own question it. Now answer it.

Hey Greg! What’s your favorite podcast, while you’re on the road?

Wow Greg that’s a great question, I’m very glad you asked and by the way, looking sharp today, keep up the good work! It’s been a mix of Stuff You Should Know, or Last Podcast on the Left. Both have caught my attention in different and fun ways.

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This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Riley Farabaugh

Riley Farabaugh

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.