What I Learned From Heating with An Outdoor Wood Boiler

Last updated on August 25th, 2022 at 11:23 am

By Ken Farabaugh

Heating Stonehurst with an outdoor wood boiler
To heat our showroom, we’re using an E-Classic 2400 Central Boiler which we purchased from Dale Temple of Temple Plumbing & Heating in Westminster, Vermont.  We burn scrap wood (from furniture making) and trees that need to be culled from our forest.

Heating Stonehurst Sustainably

My wife, Peggy, and I started a sustainable furniture company in 2005.  The business has grown over the years and in September 2012 we purchased Stonehurst, a historic property and former ski area in Vernon, Vermont. The goal was to restore the property and create a unique destination for customers to shop for Vermont made wooden furniture. We decided to invest in an outdoor wood boiler to heat the renovated property. Peggy wanted to avoid using fossil fuels and I wanted to make use of the property’s many downed trees. Read More

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We’re in Architectural Digest Again!

Vermont Shaker Bed | White Arrow | Schoolhouse Loft Conversion | Architectural Digest
We worked with Keren and Thomas Richter of White Arrow Studios in support of their 19th century Williamsburg Schoolhouse renovation in Brooklyn. They transformed the top floor into a luxurious loft apartment, rich with period detail (like our Vermont Shaker 4 poster bed). Photo by Thomas Richter as published in Architectural Digest, Nov 10, 2017.

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Say Hello to Larssen & MCM Design

Last updated on February 24th, 2019 at 06:22 pm

Mid-Century Modern Bedroom | Larssen Bed, Dressers, Chests, Night Stands
Larssen Mid Century Modern Bedroom Collection. Handcrafted in Vermont of real, solid cherry wood.

Mid Century Modern Bedroom Design

Our brand new Larssen Collection features a mid-century modern design, with geometric lines and precision angles. Equally at home in any style room, and with seven individual pieces, this collection is a match for any hardwood furniture lover.
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Today’s Top 7 Interior Design Trends

Last updated on November 15th, 2017 at 04:17 pm

Thanks to Preston Guyton of CRG Companies, Inc. in Myrtle Beach, SC for collaborating with Peggy on this post.

Copeland Furniture's Catalina platform bed in walnut wood embodies today's modern interior design esthetic
The Catalina bed, dresser, night stand and chest are at the center of this warm and harmonious MCM (mid-century modern) bedroom design by Copeland Furniture.

Decor & Design Trends

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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.

Meet Vermont Evergreens by Simon Pearce

Glass Trees, Handblown in Vermont

Vermont Evergreens by Simon Pearce | Glass Trees at Vermont Woods Studios
Shop now for Vermont Evergreens by Simon Pearce.

Holiday season’s just around the corner! Imagine the twinkling lights of your Christmas tree, menorah or candelabra reflected in our crystalline  Vermont Evergreens by Simon Pearce. Whether you’re adding to an ever-growing Simon Pearce evergreen collection or starting fresh, our brilliant Simon Pearce glass trees will be a fantastic addition to your holiday décor.
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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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Modern Art & Shaker Furniture: A Beautiful Couple

Last updated on September 26th, 2022 at 06:40 pm

Abstract Art by Joe Norris
Customers are loving the contrast of our clean wooden furniture placed next Joe Norris’ colorful modern art. From left to right, Joe’s abstract paintings are: Crossword, Oxidation E and Oxidation 21. Originals are available for purchase online or at our Stonehurst showroom.

Abstract Art is Lighting Up Our Showroom

The walls of Stonehurst have been graced by the colorful abstract art of local painter, Joe Norris.  Joe is a Vermont-based artist whose paintings reside in galleries & private homes throughout New England and around the world.  We love seeing his vibrant paintings as the backdrop for our Vermont made furniture.  They’re the perfect modern yin to our traditional yang.
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Selecting a Wood Species

Last updated on April 25th, 2020 at 11:51 am

Top Quality Hardwoods include American Cherry, Maple, Walnut, Oak
Top Quality Hardwoods include American Cherry, Maple, Walnut, Oak

Vermont Woods Studios fine furniture is handcrafted in Vermont using real solid wood. Each board in your furniture is selected by hand, and inspected for quality, strength, straightness, grain and color. Our furniture makers use wood that comes from North American forests that are harvested sustainably.

Our furniture makers typically work with the following four species of wood: black cherry, sugar maple, red oak and black walnut. We like these species because they are well suited to fine furniture making by virtue of their color, strength, hardness, grain patterns and workability. They are also readily obtainable in our local and regional area, making them a sustainable choice. Often our furniture makers will offer two-tone combinations of these woods creating a custom, artisan look and feel to their work.

If you are looking for a different wood species, give us a call. We will be happy to discuss options and considerations involving the use of other wood species.

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Sloane Bedroom Collection by Copeland Furniture

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:53 pm

Bedroom collection with upholstered headboard
The Sloane Bedroom Collection in Solid Walnut

The Sloane collection has a soft contemporary design in solid ash or walnut hardwoods. The focal point of this collection is the plush upholstered bed. Available in a floating style as well as a more traditional frame, the modern Sloane bed matches flawless stability & construction with comfortable softness. Your bed can be customized to accommodate a mattress and box spring or only a mattress, depending on your preference. Choose from a variety of plush headboard upholstery options, including microsuede, leather, or fabric.

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New Vineyard Deep Seating POLYWOOD Collection

Last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 04:49 pm

Vineyard Deep Seating Collection by POLYWOOD
Vineyard Deep Seating Collection in Mahogany/Sesame

Our new Vineyard Deep Seating Collection has plush tufted cushions paired with ergonomic seats – available in two classic colors. Choose from white with navy cushions or mahogany with sesame cushions (as pictured) to complete your outdoor living space. All cushions are made from fade-resistant Sunbrella fabric, and the recycled plastic lumber frame is ultra-weather resistant. Stainless steel hardware completes the construction for a low-maintenance luxury that retains its beauty year after year.

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