Custom Bookcases: Glass Doors, Wooden Doors or No Doors

Last updated on January 22nd, 2018 at 10:58 am

Getting Organized with Custom Bookcases

Custom bookcases might not be on the top of your Christmas list, but think about it.  Whether you have a home office or you’re trying to tidy up and organize your books and media, custom bookcases could make your life easier and more efficient in 2013.  Not to mention more beautiful.

At Vermont Woods Studios our biggest month for crafting bookcases and other organizers is January.  Could it have to do with New Year’s resolutions?  Must be, but we’re getting inquiries almost every day lately.  I think customers are realizing that there is a 1-3 month lead time for ordering custom bookcases.  So if you’re one of those people I thought I’d offer up some tips and advice about how to choose the right set of bookshelves for your home or office.

Glass Doors, Wooden Doors or No Doors

Are you really going to use those books or movies or vases?  Or will they just sit in the bookcase and collect dust?  Are they beautiful?  Part of your decor?  Or just obligatory (someone gave them to you and you can’t seem to throw them away) and you don’t necessarily want to see them?  Do you put things back neatly?  Or are you always in a hurry?  These are the kinds of weighty issues you’ll need to unravel before you decide whether or not to add doors to your custom bookcases.  Oh… and should the doors be glass to show off your chotskies or wooden to hide the mess?

Custom Bookcases, Bookshelves, Glass Doors, Wood Doors, No Doors

Custom bookcases might not be on the top of your Christmas list. But whether you have a home office or you’re trying to tidy up and organize your books and media, custom bookcases could make your life easier and more efficient in 2013. Learn more and shop for solid wood bookcases with full length glass doors, half length glass doors, full length wooden doors, half length wooden doors or no doors on our website.

One Big Bookshelf or a Couple Small Ones?

Once you’ve decided what kind of doors are best for your bookshelves, you’ll want to measure your space and get the cabinets to fit perfectly into it.  Some people love the integrated design of one big bookcase unit like the Modern Shaker Home Office Center Cabinet above (make sure you can fit something this big up the stairs and into your room!).  Other people like the versatility of combining several small bookcases in different ways.  One thing we always mention to customers is: if you’re getting a series of bookcases that you may want to place flush up next to each other, be sure you specify “no overhang”.  That means any molding along the top will be eliminated either on one or both sides, depending on how you want to configure the bookcases.

Measure Twice and Cut Once

We try to make it easy to customize your bookcase online, but it really is a good idea to give us a call or stop by the showroom to order custom bookcases, especially if they’re over-sized or designed to sit flush against each other.  We’ll help you get all the measurements right for your space so they’ll be no surprises when your furniture arrives.

Learn more and shop for solid wood bookcases with full length glass doors, half length glass doors, full length wooden doors, half length wooden doors or no doors on our website.

 

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Style Spotlight: Miami Modern Bedroom Furniture

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 02:29 pm

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Defining “Miami Modern”

Inspired by the Miami Modernist architecture movement of the mid-twentieth century, this style contrasted simple organic design with trendy materials. “It was a popular response to the various modernist and post world war architectural movements that were taking place in other parts of the world, adding glamour, fun, and material excess to otherwise stark, minimalist, and efficient styles. ” (1)

Bring Miami Modern Into Your Home

Copeland’s MiMo Collection is the perfect mixture of mid-century modern combined with minimalist style. Handcrafted in Vermont, MiMo is constructed from sustainably harvested solid maple hardwood with a white finish and natural American black walnut accents. All pieces in this collection can be customized with your choice bronze or nickel metallic accents.

With its sleek, clean lines and subtle flair, this collection has become a timeless classic in the design world. For this reason the MiMo collection is sure to be the perfect addition to any contemporary style bedroom, while allowing you to bring a little bit of Miami Beach into your own home!

Miami Modern Furniture We Offer:

MiMo Beds:Mimo beds have been discontinued.

MiMo Dressers: Our Copeland MiMo dressers are great storage pieces for your modern bedroom. Constructed from solid white finished hardwood maple with American black walnut accents. Easily customized with your choice of metallic bronze or nickel legs and matching knobs. There are several Miami Modern Dressers to choose from with a variety of drawer configurations, making it easy for you to find something you love. a1d7055d2bb46dfa8aa9d396e1b72b5c.image.550x550

MiMo Chests: Chests are wonderful storage pieces for the modern bedroom. They are tall, sleek, and sturdily constructed to last generations. It’s a beautiful accent to your Miami Modern bed and dresser!

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MiMo Nighstands: Our Miami Modern Nighstands are the perfect match for the MiMo bed. It’s simple, compact, and allows for maximum storage and efficiency while still capturing the great style and design. These nightstands come in multiple configurations, making it easy for you to find the best one for you!

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Tristan Fletcher: Welcome to The Woods

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

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Tristan’s been learning the Vermont Woods Studios ropes from his dad since he was barely a teenager. I took this snapshot a couple years ago when we were renting a tiny office space from Teddy George at George’s Mill in Vernon.

This isn’t the first time I’ve had the pleasure of welcoming Tristan Fletcher into our family of hardworking fine furniture specialists at Vermont Woods Studios.  Tristan’s been helping us since back in the day when we were working out of the guest bedroom in my house.  He was barely a teenager when we started recruiting him to help with data entry and photo-shopping.  Over the years he’s added additional skills like computer networking and troubleshooting to his repertoire.  Not to mention lawn-mowing, wood cutting/stacking and showroom cleaning.

Come to think of it, Tristan’s probably a serious competitor to Ken and Loryn when it comes to winning the VWS “jack of all trades” award.

Here's Tristan and fellow "groundskeepers" at Stonehurst last summer.  The foursome (from left, Teagen Fletcher, Riley Farabaugh, Trenton Fletcher and Tristan)
Here’s Tristan and fellow “grounds keepers” at Stonehurst last summer. The foursome (from left, Taegen Fletcher, Riley Farabaugh, Trenton Fletcher and Tristan) managed to keep smiling (mostly) throughout  the process of cutting and stacking 40 cords of wood.

When I asked Tristan how he acquired his expertise with computers he said he got interested by playing online video games. “While at my friend’s house I saw his custom computer and at that moment it started my interest. As a computer gamer the technology is never enough so I tinker and get as much performance as I can. New leading edge things come out which make the computer work better/faster and instantly I need to have them.

I’ve been customizing computers for about 3 years.  There’s nothing like having all the separate parts and spending a day building and putting a computer together to experience the final product and being able to say “I made that”.

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“There is nothing like spending a day building and putting all the pieces of a computer together and being able to say “I made that”.
When he's not going to school, working at Vermont Woods Studios, building computers or hanging out with friends, Tristan likes to draw.
When he’s not going to school, working at Vermont Woods Studios, building computers or hanging out with friends, Tristan likes to draw.
Big sister, Taegen adds a little levity to the task of maintining our furniture showroom at Stonehurst.
Big sister, Taegen Fletcher also helps us out at Vermont Woods Studios.  No job is too big or too small

Everyone’s excited about having Tristan on board full time now at Stonehurst. We’ve stationed him in the Brainiac Room with Neville and Martin where he’ll be helping them turn our dreams into reality.  It’s great to have you on board full time, Tristan!

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Classic Shaker Furniture: Adding Warmth to Your Living Room

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If you are a lover of beautiful, elegantly styled Shaker furniture–you will love our Classic Shaker collection. Defined by it’s gentle curved legs, smooth edges and solid wood construction, any living room would benefit from the timeless appeal of this collection.

A Bit of History about the Shakers

Designed and built over 200 years ago by the American Shaker religious group, this simple but elegant furniture style has a truly timeless quality that makes sense for any home. Shaker furniture designs make the perfect complementary pieces for your traditional, transitional, rustic or modern living room. Shaker tables, chairs, buffets, china cabinets, beds, dressers and chests can be added to any decor to achieve the functionality you need while creating a stylish, comfortable look. Mix and match your shaker furniture with other styles for a more eclectic aesthetic.

While Shaker communities were once vibrant and thriving, there are now only 3 Shakers left. Brother Arnold Hadd and his two elderly sisters practice their faith at Sabbathday Lake’s Shaker Village in New Glouster Maine. It’s the worlds last active Shaker Community. This video of Brother Arnold describes the faith and the inspiration behind Shaker furniture design:

“That “classic” Shaker style is well represented here in strong, unassuming cupboards, tables, desks and chests of drawers; delicately crafted oval wooden nesting boxes; inviting, wide-mouthed wooden bowls; tightly woven rugs and baskets; and sprightly, no-nonsense ladder-back chairs. Made of chestnut, walnut, flame birch and bird’s-eye maple, these lightweight, sturdy chairs have rhythmically dynamic woven cane and checkerboard tape seats. They could be easily hung on wall pegs to allow for the ecstatic “shaking” dancing prayers for which the “Believers” became commonly known.”

Featured Pieces from the Classic Shaker Furniture Collection

 

Classic Shaker Oval Table1. Classic Shaker Oval Table: This oval coffee table makes the perfect base for your Classic Shaker styled living room. The curved legs and rounded top give it a soft, lightweight look while still maintaining its solid build. Made to order in Vermont, this piece can be crafted in Cherry, Maple, Oak or Walnut.

classic shaker round end table2.  Classic Shaker Round End Table: This lightweight, rounded end table makes the perfect accent to your living room. It’s finely crafted with premium hardwoods, and built to last a lifetime.

 

Classic Shaker Sofa Table3.  Classic Shaker Sofa Table: Our tall, narrow Classic Shaker Sofa Table with Flare Legs is perfect for your living room, den or hallway. Add luxury, style and convenience to your upscale home with extra space to place gloves or display photos, vases or artwork.

All three of these finely crafted pieces are made to order in Vermont and are sure to add warmth and sophistication to your space. While we only highlighted three in this blog, we also have a variety of other pieces in the collection for different rooms in the home. Which piece is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!

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What is the Best Side Table Style: Traditional or Organic?

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 02:29 pm

Solid Wood Side Tables

When it comes to decorating your living room, there are so many options to consider! Do you want your home to have an elegant, traditional feeling or are you looking for a more organic flare? Maybe a mix of both? With our Classic Shaker End Table, you get the best of classic furniture styling, and with our Live Edge Accent Table, you get a unique fusion of wood and metal making a eclectically stylish space. Here’s a brief rundown on both so you can make the best decision for your living room:

A)  Classic Shaker End Table

Our handcrafted, solid wood Classic Shaker Side Table will add luxury and functionality to your shaker style living room, den, library or bedroom. It’s simplistic look makes it a great table to decorate around, and while it certainly has a presence, it won’t demand the attention of the room.

B) Tapped Vermont Maple Accent Table

If you love one-of-a-kind furniture then you will love our Tapped Vermont Maple Accent Side Table. Carefully selected and hand-made from Vermont Sugar Maples, these tables are crafted to preserve the natural beauty of the wood. The color varitations appearing in the center of the table top and radiate out showing decades of maple sap tapping. These details are further highlighted by the natural steel hairpin legs, which offer a beautiful contrast to the rustic appearance of the wood itself. With its smooth finish, live-edge style and unique imperfections, this accent side table provides a great conversation starter to any home, as well as a sliver of vermont history.

Both of these pieces are finely handcrafted in Vermont and made to order. Which of them is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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Hardwood Media Centers for your Next Super Bowl Party

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 02:29 pm

Enjoy the Game in American Made Style with a Hardwood Media Center

Today’s the big day, the Super Bowl! While it might be too late to get a new hardwood media center for today’s game, browse our selection of beautiful Vermont made entertainment centers and find something perfect for your next big party or sports event. We have media centers in a variety of different styles, and you’re sure to find something to fit the aesthetic of your space. Whether you’re renovating your current family room or den, or planning out the living room of your new home–we’d love to help you find a style you can proudly show to your friends.

The 6 picks shown above are great media center choices, all made from local Vermont woodworkers! So grab an ice cold heady topper and have fun browsing this selection of real hardwood entertainment furniture:

1) Berkeley 8 Drawer Dresser with TV Organizer

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Enjoy the big game from bed with the Berkeley 8 Drawer dresser & TV organizer! This handmade TV stand has an American Craftsman style fused with modern Asian design. Customize online in your choice of wood color. Use the drop-down menu to see the choices for either natural cherry (no stain) or windsor cherry, autumn cherry, cognac cherry, saddle cherry or smoke cherry.

 

3) New York Contemporary TV Stand

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Our New York Contemporary TV Stand #3 is perfect for housing flat screen TV’s and all your other media equipment. It has a simple, modern design that will blend in perfectly in any contemporary living room.

4) Contemporary Craftsman 3-Drawer Media Console

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Styled for the contemporary living space, the Contemporary Craftsman 3-Drawer Media Center features versatility as well as flair and elegance. Constructed from eco-friendly maple, cherry or maple hardwoods, our luxury room furniture is built to last for generations. This pieces is completely customizable to fit your furnishing needs.

5) Retractable Pop-Up TV Media Center

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Our Retractable, Flat Screen Pop-Up Media Center is the perfect storage solution for any room. Attach a Flat Screen TV up to 42″W to the hardware inside the media center and watch it rise automatically out of the entertainment center when you want to watch TV and then slowly descend back into it when you’re done! Your friends and family will be amazed!

6) Catalina Walnut TV and Media Center

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The Catalina Walnut TV & Media Wall Unit is 3 piece set (1 center media unit and 2 tall narrow tower bookcases) handmade in Vermont of solid natural walnut wood. Customize online in large or small size and in natural walnut. Designed with versatile wire management openings in the back for easy access and configuration of your home entertainment equipment. Made to order using solid black walnut wood, this high end, TV & Media Wall Unit features modern, mid-century American design.

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Visit us at Stonehurst this Winter!

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We are in the midst of winter here in Vermont– the ground is covered in a thick layer of snow and the air is crisp and clean. Despite the chilly weather, we have still enjoyed having guests stop by Stonehurst, warm up with us, and  shop for new Vermont made wood furniture.

We believe that there is no better place to shop for Vermont wood furniture than in our showroom, nestled in the woods of Vernon, Vermont. All of our furniture comes from sustainably harvested forests, much like the one right in our backyard. Shopping at Stonehurst brings you closer to where your furniture really comes from. Visit us, and experience the beauty of Vermont wood, inside and out.

Unlike your traditional furniture shopping experience, at Stonehurst there is no need to rush. Feel free to bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch, and enjoy a relaxed country atmosphere while you get to know our furniture. Each member of our sales staff is an expert in Vermont wood, so even if you aren’t ready to purchase, we’d love for you to stop by and have a conversation with one of our friendly staff members and get to know more about Vermont Woods Studios.

At Stonehurst, we don’t have aisle after aisle of furniture. The pieces we carry at Stonehurst are just a representative sampling of the hundreds of pieces we offer on our online store. The pieces that we have in the showroom are a true reflection of the quality and craftsmanship that you can expect with all of our furniture.

So stop by, warm up, and browse our beautiful selection of wood furniture and Vermont made art and decor. We can’t wait to meet you!

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Tall, Sleek, and Sturdy: Our Hardwood Barstools

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 02:30 pm

 

Hardwood barstools can bring sleekness and elegance to your dining space. Whether it’s to complement your bistro table or dining bar, our luxurious barstools are heirloom quality and guaranteed for life. Our selection of eco-friendly barstools includes:

 

Screenshot_1Style 1- Contemporary WindsorComfortable, durable and stylish, these high-end Contemporary Windsor Swivel Bar Stools will add charm and beauty to your counter height table, cafe table, breakfast bar or cocktail bar. Rugged and sturdily built by experienced craftsman from fine, natural hardwoods, customize them today to match your home! Available only in natural cherry hardwood.

Style 2- Country Windsor:   With a streamlined design, this high end, handcrafted Country Windsor Barstool will add charm and class to your counter height, cafe or bistro table setting.

Screenshot_4Our luxury Classic Shaker Barstools will add sophistication and charm to your breakfast bar, counter-height table or cocktail bar. Natural hardwood and your choice of fabric allow you to customize these high-end barstools to match your home.

Which style is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section or send us a tweet!

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Shaker Bedroom Furniture: 5 Must See Designs

Last updated on August 15th, 2018 at 02:31 pm

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Simple is beautiful, and for Shaker furniture– this is true down to the very last detail. Shaker furnishings are world renowned for their timeless simplicity and practicality. While only a few “real” Shakers remain today, their legacy for handcrafted furniture will live on forever. Their simplistic handiwork has become a standard for high quality American furniture craftsmanship and styling, making it a wonderful furniture choice for your bedroom.

Shaker bedroom furniture is elegant and understated, giving you the ability to change your decor throughout the years without having to buy new furniture. You can keep your room minimalist and uncluttered, keeping with traditional Shaker styling, or use your Shaker furniture to create a balance between your luxurious decor and your wood furniture.

Created for usability, Shaker bedroom furniture is exceptionally useful when it comes to storage. Beds are roomy and minimalist, dressers are spacious, and nightstands are solidly built for years of use and enjoyment. This furniture type is beautiful and totally practical.

The following 5 Shaker bedroom furniture pieces are staples of the Shaker styled bedroom. Solidly handcrafted by local Vermont woodworkers, these pieces are beautiful, usable, and built with the same integrity and quality of original Shaker furniture:

1. Vermont Shaker Moon Bed

Vermont Shaker Moon Bed: Shaker Bedroom FurnitureThe Vermont Shaker Moon Bed is one of our most popular beds, and it’s easy to understand why. Crafted with smooth, sweeping arches on the head and footboard, traditionally styled taper legs, and an overall simplistic look… this bed exemplifies the Shaker style bedroom. Keeping with Shaker tradition, this bed has a sturdy platform and there is no need for a box spring. It’s sleek, subtle, and built to last generations.

2.  Modern Shaker Large Storage Chest

032a697153f3d3e7d92b0f234d99a982.image.550x550The Modern Shaker Storage Chest is a classicly styled piece, crafted with time honored design that captures the essence of authentic Shaker furniture styling. Clean lines, square corners, simple and graceful build…this chest exemplifies popular Shaker style. It’s a grand, sturdy piece created to give you maximum storage ability. With both large and small drawers, this piece gives you a variety of organization options. Crafted with real solid wood, this piece is one that you can proudly cherish forever.

3. New England Shaker 8/10-Drawer Dresser

new-england-shaker-dresserOur solid Cherry, 10-Drawer New England Shaker Dresser is an elegant and subtle Shaker furniture piece. Featuring clean lines and simplistic drawer pulls, it could fit into any bedroom with ease. 10 spacious drawers give you maximum storage capabilities, to use on your own or if you are feeling generous, to share with your spouse. Finely handcrafted by Vermont woodworkers, this piece is a true must have for the Shaker bedroom furniture lover.

4. Shaker Tapered Leg Night Stand

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The Shaker Tapered Leg Nightstand is another quintessentially Shaker styled piece. It’s ultra simplistic, featuring traditional tapered Shaker legs and a modest single drawer. It’s subtle design makes it a beautifully versatile piece for your Shaker inspired bedroom.

5. New England Shaker Armoire – Wardrobe

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This New England Shaker Armoire is an elegant Shaker inspired wardrobe, crafted to be the perfect blend of beauty and utility. This piece features a traditional Shaker design that incorporates simple lines and elegant molding around the top and base of the piece. Perfect for adding extra storage space to any bedroom.

All of the Shaker bedroom pieces featured above are beautiful and highly functional, crafted with care in the Green Mountains of Vermont. All five pieces are beautiful representations of authentic Shaker furniture and would make a great addition to your home. Which piece would you love to add to your collection the most? Let us know in the comments section!

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Solid Wood Furniture Buying Guide

Last updated on August 14th, 2018 at 03:34 pm

Astrid Bedroom Set | Solid Wood Furniture | Black Walnut | American Made in VT
This top quality solid wood furniture set is handmade of real solid American black walnut wood.  To get the best price, shop for Astrid bedroom furniture as a set and save on white glove shipping and delivery.

I’ve been looking for a definition of “solid wood furniture“.  I’m finding the same thing I found when I looked for a definition of “American made furniture”.  Anything goes.  Here’s an example of what I found on a popular reference website (About.com),

Solid walnut wood furniture means that all exposed parts of the piece are wood. But the frame and inner parts may be of other, less-costly wood.  Thin layers of fine, decorative wood can be bonded to the face of low cost wood pieces. This is called veneering.

Now does that sound like solid wood furniture to you?  I don’t think so.  If you’re shopping for high quality furniture and solid wood construction is important to you, try asking your salesperson these 5 questions to help clarify things:

Is This Real Solid Wood Furniture or Veneered?

When you take a look at the edge of a solid wood tabletop you can see if the graining on the top carries through on the edge – the way marbling does in a piece of steak.  If this is not the case, you are looking at the “banding” on a veneered piece.  Another way to tell solid wood is to look at the underside of the piece.  Does the grain look like the same as the wood on the table top? If not, then it’s probably veneered.

Is this Furniture Made Of Hardwood of Softwood?

In North America, typically the best quality solid wood furniture is made of native hardwoods, such as cherry, walnut, maple, oak, ash and birch.  Although hardwood is more expensive than softwood, it has a higher density and is therefore usually harder and heavier.  Hardwood grain is closed, tight and non-resinous as opposed to softwood grain that’s loose and resinous, thus it splits easy.

Is the Craftsmanship Top Quality?

You can buy plenty of solid wood furniture that’s of poor quality.  For example, I just searched for “solid hardwood furniture high quality” and Google shopper’s first result was a solid wood bed for $68.98.  What good does it do to have solid wood construction when poor workmanship is going to limit the life of a piece to a couple years?  Check for solid craftsmanship, top quality joinery and meticulous finishes in your furniture.  A salesperson should be able to show and tell you about construction details such as mortise and tenon joints, dovetails, miter joints, finger joints, splines, biscuits, dowels, butts, dados, rabbets, tongue and groove and more. Durable, robust joinery is critical to the life and usefulness of a piece.

Finish is important too.  Most imported furniture is finished with cheap coatings that contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds like formaldehyde and benzene) which can cause asthma and allergies especially in young children.  Ask your salesperson to explain what’s in the finish and how many coats have been applied to protect the furniture over time.

Is This American Made or Imported Furniture?

Are you wondering why imported furniture is so much cheaper than American made furniture?  It’s not just that Chinese wages are about 1/10 of American wages.  It’s about where the raw materials come from.  In the USA, wood furniture is made from sustainably harvested wood that comes from well managed American forests.  With imported furniture, the wood is typically clear cut from the world’s rapidly disappearing rainforests.   Although imported furniture often carries labels that it’s made of American cherry, walnut, oak or maple woods, that is rarely the case.  These labels are trade names used to describe woods of suspicious origin that are stained to look like familiar American woods such as cherry and walnut.

Am I Getting The Best Value & Price?

Top quality solid wood furniture is inherently expensive, so you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the best value and price.  Find a local craftsman or retailer you can trust. Try to purchase your furniture as a set, rather than piece by piece.  Purchasing furniture sets not only creates efficiency in the craftsman’s workshop, it also saves money in shipping and delivery.

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