Vermont Fine Furniture Festival- Mark Your Calendar

Last updated on November 30th, 2017 at 09:32 am

It’s hard to believe September is here already.  The kids are back in school and even though it’s a beautiful sunny 90F day here at Vermont Woods Studios, our minds are turning to Vermont’s Autumn season and our many Fall fairs and festivals.

My favorite is the Vermont Fine Furniture Festival in Woodstock, VT.  This year the dates are September 25-56, 2010 and it’s in the Union Arena in Woodstock, VT.  Many of Vermont’s finest furniture makers will be displaying their work and giving you an insider’s view of how authentic handmade wood furniture is crafted. You’ll be able to meet the furniture makers and purchase handmade wood furniture off the floor or order affordable custom furniture to be crafted just for you and delivered directly to your home.

If you’ve ever been inclined to visit Vermont to enjoy the Fall weather and take in some leaf peeping, consider combining your trip with a visit to the Furniture Festival.  While you’re there, let the craftspeople know if you believe as I do, that Vermont is truly the Fine Furniture Capitol of America.

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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.

Happy 50th Birthday, Vermont Nature Conservancy

 
Congratulations to our friends and neighbors at The Vermont Nature Conservancy on the 50th anniversary of their founding in 1960.  Since that time they have protected 183,000 acres of forests, wetlands, uplands and waterways in every county of Vermont.

We salute Director Bob Klein and the many past and present staff and volunteers who work so hard to make the organization the vibrant force for positive change that it has become so well known for.  Best of luck to all of you over the next 50 years! 

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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.

Vermont Furniture Story To Be Featured on The Weather Channel

Last updated on October 16th, 2012 at 07:58 pm

Did you know there is a link between the wood furniture you buy and global warming?  Some folks at TWC do and they've invited us to be their guest on The Weather Channel's new live show, The Lightning Rod with meteorologist Mark Elliot.

So what's the link between furniture and the weather?  OK, it's a little tricky but stay with me.  Up to 90% of the furniture we buy in the USA is imported (mainly from Asia) and made from wood that has been illegally clear-cut from the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests. 

Rainforests play a role in regulating global weather by producing oxygen, giving off carbon dioxide, and regulating temperature and moisture.  The oceans (algae) are the other major contributor to oxygen production but as they become increasingly polluted, our dependence upon the rainforests for weather modulation increases.

As rainforests are destroyed for timber that feeds the global market for cheap furniture, they are less able to regulate the weather.  Purchasing furniture made from rainforest woods like teak, brazilian cherry and mahogany supports this illegal rainforest timber trade.  The Washington Post talks about this in more detail in an article, "Corruption Stains the Timber Trade".

Choosing American made furniture and flooring built with sustainably harvested American wood decreases the demand for rainforest woods and helps decrease the rate of rainforest destruction, thereby enabling the rainforest to do its job of regulating global weather.  So that's the link.  We're excited to talk about it more with Mark and the crew of The Lightning Rod.  Watch us live at 10pm EST on Monday July 19th to see how it goes!

Many thanks to Trish Ragsdale, The Lightning Rod producer for all her help in planning and arranging for our appearance on the show.

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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.

Annual Furniture Society Conference in Boston This Weekend

Last updated on October 17th, 2012 at 10:02 am

The Furniture Society meets in Boston this week, June 16-19 and it's a great chance to see, touch and sit in some of the year's coolest furniture.  Furniture makers from across the country will be congregating in Boston for a huge conference at MIT where, according to Boston.com "everything from green workshop techniques to 19th-century styles to laser beams will be fodder for discussion."  More than 150 furniture pieces will be on display in Boston, Cambridge, and Brockton’s Fuller Craft Museum.  Check out Boston.com for details, photos and links.  “There’s no better place than here to take a look at what’s going on today with furniture, both in its relationship with historical roots and where it’s going in the future,’’ said conference organizer Gail Fredell. “It’s going to be a really good overview of the state of the art of fine-furniture making.’’

Vermont Woods Studios salutes all of the talented fine furniture makers who have been selected to be featured in the show, especially Vermont artisans David Hurwitz and Kerry O Furlani.  Congratulations!

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