2020 Highlights

Last updated on February 9th, 2021 at 09:37 am

2020 was a crazy year for all of us but looking back, we actually got a lot done. Here’s the run down…

We Learned How to Zoom & #WFH

The Green Team on a weekly Zoom meeting

When the seriousness of the pandemic became clear, we made significant changes to facilitate and implement a work-from-home #WFH strategy. We owe a big debt of gratitude to Brian, who helped facilitate a smooth transition to remote work, implementing new technology solutions like Slack, Zoom, and AirCall to ensure we maintained communication both within the organization as well as with customers. Read More

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Your Vermont Guide to a Zero Waste Valentine’s Day

Last updated on February 9th, 2021 at 01:41 pm

 

As Valentine’s day approaches, the debate about purchasing gifts or not purchasing gifts crosses almost everyone’s mind. Did you know that each year, 36 million heart-shaped boxes, 180 million cards, 198 million roses are gifted within the United States? Another interesting fact, 881 thousand sparkling wine bottles are consumed during Valentine’s Day.

The worst part of it all? Most of these items are non-recyclable. They come wrapped in plastic, decorated in glitter, bows, and glue, all of which make them destined for the landfill.

 If they are recyclable, like the wine bottles, many towns are not fully recycling glass bottles anymore. Out of the 100 million metric tons of glass produced each year, only 33% of it gets recycled within the United States.

So what can you do? When you are faced with these kinds of obstacles, it is best to shop locally as much as you possibly can. 

Read our guide below to find out how you can have a zero waste Valentine’s Day – Vermont edition. 

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Sustainable Forestry in the Furniture Industry

Last updated on February 4th, 2021 at 11:29 am

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Photo by Denis Agati on Unsplash

 

Sustainable forestry, the practice of actively managing and maintaining woodlands, is the only way to ensure the long term health and growth of the world’s forests. Although it might seem as though anything made from harvesting wood is harmful to the environment, that is actually not the case.

 

Sustainable forestry is at the core of Vermont Woods Studios’ business model: to provide handcrafted, custom wood furniture that is made sustainably right here in Vermont. We know a thing or two about sustainable forestry practices, because we’ve been managing our own forest here in Vermont since 2013.

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Zero Waste Holiday Guide

Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 10:22 am

As the saying goes, ‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year.’  The warmth and cheer that the holiday season brings every year are in full swing, but so is the trash. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s day, there is a 25% increase in landfill waste produced. From glittered holiday cards to plastic decorations and single-use casserole dishes, our trash bins begin to get fuller as the holiday season begins to evolve.  At Vermont Woods Studios, you know how much we love trees and want to repopulate the forest; that’s why we plant trees for every purchase made. When we found out that 15 million Christmas trees end up in landfills every year across the United States, in addition to the 25% increase in landfill waste, we know we had to do something.  Below are our top tips for you to have a zero waste holiday!

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Dovetail Joinery: Everything You Need to Know

Dovetail joinery technique shown on cherry dresser drawer front

 

Dovetail joints have long been a symbol in woodworking for high quality craftsmanship. Their appearance on a drawer box usually indicates that the furniture is built to last for many years. And while traditional dovetails are fairly easy to recognize, many people might not know that there are actually many different types of dovetail joinery techniques.

In this article, we’ll explain the four most common types of dovetail joints, and also explain the different between English dovetails and French dovetails.

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Vermont Woods Studios Wins Top Eco Score

Last updated on October 17th, 2020 at 09:58 am

Wood Furniture Scorecard | Top Score Award
We are grateful to Susan Inglis, Executive Director of the Sustainable Furnishings Council SFC.  The wood furniture scorecard evaluation is part of her commitment to promoting environmental excellence in the furniture industry.

Wood Furniture Scorecard, Top Score Award

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Lyndon Furniture: Reviews & Testimonials

American Mission Dining Collection by Lyndon Furniture
Our American Mission dining collection by Lyndon Furniture

Lyndon Furniture is one of the most prolific furniture manufacturers in the state of Vermont. Founded by Dave Allard in 1976, Lyndon employs over 100 craftspeople in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. Known for their classic designs and quality craftsmanship, Lyndon’s best-selling collections include the Classic Shaker Collection, Brighton Collection, American Mission, Vermont Modern, and Andrews Collection, among others (Note: We have re-named some of Lyndon’s collections to better reflect the designs).

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about the workmanship and quality of furniture coming out of the Lyndon Furniture workshop:

  • “We are thrilled with style, workmanship and function.” – Drew F, Kentucky
  • “We love it.” – Charles & Jessica S, Connecticut
  • “We love the chairs, they are just what we wanted.” – E&J
  • “The tables are amazing and we will be back!” – Paul B, Ohio

Read more about Lyndon Furniture or shop the entire catalog of Lyndon Furniture online.

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Why is My Furniture Taking So Long? Is It Covid-19?

Last updated on May 26th, 2021 at 10:18 am

Dining Furniture | Lead Time for Crafting
Yes, the short answer is: Covid-19 has made it’s mark on the furniture industry as well as nearly all industries. But we are working around the clock to minimize that effect on you. Read more below.

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Maple Corner Woodworks: Testimonials & Reviews

Vermont Shaker Bedroom Set by Maple Corner Woodworks

Maple Corner Woodworks, located in Calais, Vermont, creates some of the finest wood furniture made anywhere in the world. Lead by visionary craftsman Robin Chase, Maple Corner produces some of our most sought after designs. Best-selling collections by Maple Corner Woodworks include the Vermont Shaker collection, American Shaker, Cherry Moon, and Andover Modern.

Here’s what some of our customers are saying about the workmanship and quality of furniture coming out of the Maple Corner Woodworks team:

  • “I see Robin’s furniture as a reflection of his own demeanor: elegant, refined and genuine.  He’s a master at combining authentic Shaker sensibilities with modern, contemporary design.” -Peggy Farabaugh, Founder @ Vermont Woods Studios
  • “Beautiful and fantastically crafted furniture. The furniture is just a delight to be around.” – Customer from Menlo Park, CA
  • “[Their furniture] is truly a work of art. This is a gorgeous piece of furniture, impeccably finished and about as high a quality as I’ve ever seen.” – Customer from Alexandria, VA
  • “We love [their] craftsmanship. Each piece is a work of art.” – Customer from Shaftsbury, VT
  • “This exceeds anything we ever dreamed of!  Every piece is just spectacular.” – Customer from Maryland
  • “It’s quite simply beautiful, and exactly what I needed. It is so exquisitely crafted- I keep opening and closing the drawer, amazed at how smooth it is, and stroking the grain! It is the first piece of ‘real’ furniture I’ve ever bought for myself. There’ s a palpable difference sitting at a desk made from living wood as opposed to all the fake industrial substances out there.” – Customer from Chicago, IL

Read more about Maple Corner Woodworks or shop the entire catalog online.

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16 Ways to Help #SaveTheMonarchs

Photo of several monarch butterflies, captured by Dr. Sue Sill

As you might have already heard, our founder Peggy is a big advocate for forest and species conservation. In 2005, after struggling to raise money for her non-profit Kids Saving the Planet, she decided to start a company driven by a mission to save endangered species by conserving their habitats. Lo and behold, the birth of Vermont Woods Studios!

One day, Peggy read about Jose Luis Alvarez and the work he was doing through Forests for Monarchs. After reading about his work, Peggy decided to reach out since they had aligned values in forest conservation and restoring the monarch butterfly. Since Vermont Woods Studios  is a mission driven company, Peggy felt a partnership with Jose and Forests For Monarchs (FFM) would amplify the message and work around the importance of conserving the monarchs. Years later, we are still putting in the hard work with Jose and his team to Save The Monarchs.

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