Discover America’s Best Real Wood Furniture On Columbus Day

America's Best Real Wood Furniture

 

Explore The World of Real Wood Furniture

Columbus Day is a favorite time to shop for home decor as everyone’s beginning to realize that the holidays are right around the corner.  If you’ll be entertaining family and friends for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or another holiday you may be shopping for furniture today.  No doubt, like Columbus, you’re looking for America’s best.  So set your sails for Vermont.

In the Green Mountain State you’ll find the best real wood furniture anywhere in the USA. Vermont is home to some 2000 small custom furniture makers located throughout our state as well as several mid-size, high end furniture manufacturers like Copeland Furniture and Lyndon Furniture.

Vermont style furniture is known for organic solid wood, clear natural finishes and fine craftsmanship.  The favorite hardwood among craftspeople and customers alike seems to be American Black Cherry as shown in the handmade Shaker dining table above, although you’ll also find a variety of other North American woods including walnut, oak and maple.

With so many American furniture brands now making their furniture overseas, Vermont has quietly become the Real Wood Furniture Capital of the USA.  I know of only one Vermont furniture company that moved its operations overseas back when the Asian exodus was taking place and that was Ethan Allen.  The other Vermont furniture businesses have continued to operate successfully in the USA, remaining true to their communities, their employees and their quality.

You can arrange a tour to visit the best of our Vermont furniture makers and see the difference that real wood and authentic American craftsmanship make.  Columbus Day is a great time to make the trip!  Start here with this Map of Vermont Master Furniture Makers and maybe swing by our Vermont Woods Studios Furniture Showroom in Vernon VT on your route.  Then let us know if you too, see Vermont as America’s best place to shop for the real thing in USA made furniture.

 

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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.

Mission & Craftsman Style Furniture

American Made Mission and Craftsman Style Furniture | Handmade in Vermont
Vermont has long been known for it’s authentic, handmade Mission and Craftsman style furniture. Today’s artisans are adapting traditional designs to modern lifestyles while retaining our high standards for quality and sustainability.

What do you like most about Mission and Craftsman style furniture?  Customers shopping for this type of wooden furniture often tell us they’re looking for simple, natural designs and honest craftsmanship. Their search leads them to Vermont.  With it’s 200 year tradition of authentic, high quality woodworking, the Green Mountain State has earned a reputation of being the Fine Furniture Capital of America.

Mission and craftsman style furniture is being handmade in every corner of our state.  This weekend our artisans are opening their doors to visitors who want to see their craftsmanship in action.  You probably know this already but before you come, I should be clear.  In Vermont you’re not going to find much in the way of fancy Victorian carving or ornamental scrolling (we leave that to global conglomerates that use lots of CNC machinery and exploited labor to produce high volumes of low quality furniture).

Instead, in the Green Mountain State you’ll see the real thing: a tradition of simple (but precise) elegance in furniture making.  Fine quality construction, high value raw materials, local skilled labor, fair wages, human rights and environmental responsibility are hallmarks of Vermont’s fine furniture industry. The Mission and Craftsman style furniture that comes out of Vermont has a certain charm, grace, delicacy and simplicity reflecting those values and it just cannot be duplicated by mass production.

If you’re out and about leaf peeping this beautiful Autumn weekend, stop by some of our state’s premiere furniture studios and check out some real mission and craftsman style furniture and the artisans who create it.

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Fine Furniture Characteristics: Solid Wood vs Veneers

Typically Vermont furniture can be distinguished from other American made furniture or imported furniture by the extensive use of real, solid wood. American Black Cherry is the wood most often used in Vermont furniture although sugar maple, black walnut, oak and other local species are also popular.

At Vermont Woods Studios we represent woodworkers and fine furniture makers from all across the Green Mountain State so our furniture reflects a wide variety of styles, designs and crafting techniques. Some of our furniture makers work exclusively with all solid wood construction and others employ the use of veneers. So customers often ask us about the difference between the two techniques.

Honestly, with all of our handmade furniture, heirloom quality is the bottom line and that can be achieved using all solid wood construction or with the incorporation of premium quality, high end veneers.

Although Vermont is best known for our all solid wood construction, we have several craftsmen who prefer to incorporate high quality veneers into their designs. This is done when veneers are the best choice for a particular design, rather than simply the most economical choice. For instance, the curved back panel of the Copeland Catalina Bed must be a veneer because it would be structurally impossible to build it out of solids. Copeland’s framed panels, that is panels surrounded on all four sides, are often made of high grade, veneered plywood because in these instances, a solid panel would have the potential to expand and break the frame apart during periods of high humidity.

Plywood is considerably stronger than solids of equal dimension and some furniture makers choose them for Case Backs and Drawer Bottoms for that reason. On each of our furniture product pages you will find a link to the construction details for that product. We urge you to read through the information presented and give us a call with your questions. For the furniture on our website, you will find that when veneers are used, they are the the best choice for the design.

After all this discussion about veneers however, I can say that most of our furniture is still designed and constructed with all real solid wood, sustainably harvested in Vermont or neighboring states. If this is an important feature for you, give us a all and let us know. We’ll help you find the right handmade solid wood furniture for your home.

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Solid Cherry Wood Furniture: 3 Ways To Tell If It’s Real

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Our American Mission Dining Room in Cherry wood. You’ll notice this table set has a lighter, almost pink hue. That’s because when photographed it was a new set, overtime it will darken into a rich, reddish-brown tone.

Cherry, cherry cherry. Over half the furniture we sell at Vermont Woods Studios is made of beautiful, lustrous cherry wood from the American black cherry fruit tree.  Often customers come to us a little bit suspicious about whether our handmade furniture is made of real solid cherry wood.

Well, it’s no wonder!  Most furniture that’s sold as cherry isn’t cherry at all.  Hard to believe isn’t it?  So I thought we would publish a few tips for determining if the cherry furniture you’re looking at is actually made of real cherry.

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Our American Shaker Panel Bed and case goods in Cherry wood.

 Here are 3 things to look for:

What color is the wood?

OK, this is a trick question. Freshly harvested cherry wood is a light pinkish color but as cherry ages or ripens in the presence of light, it gets darker and eventually reaches a rich reddish brown.  So when you’re shopping be sure to ask if the furniture is brand new or if it’s been in the showroom for a number of months.

Often customers will request a dark stain on cherry to “hurry-up” the process.  If you just can’t wait we can usually convince our furniture makers to stain cherry but most of them would rather plead with customers to be patient and wait for the real thing.

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You can see the cherry wood grain in the door panels of our American Shaker Large TV Stand

What does the grain look like?

Solid cherry wood has a simple, fine, closed grain, much like that of maple.  Fake “cherry” wood often has little or no grain pattern.  It’s made by taking a cheaper wood, bleaching it, texturizing it with chemicals, then staining it with a “cherry” stain.

Are there occasional black flecks and black streaks in the wood?

Real cherry has beautiful markings (from gum streaking, mineral deposits and pin knots).  Fake cherry looks entirely uniform in grain due to the chemical processing mentioned above.  It’s unlikely you’ll ever find black flecks or streaks in faux cherry woods.

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Our Vermont Shaker Wide Chest in Cherry wood.

Do you have any other questions about solid cherry wood that hasn’t been answered on our Cherry Wood info page? That’s okay-give our knowledgeable sales team a call at (888) 390-5571, live chat during business hours or stop into our historic Stonehurst Showroom in the hills of the Green Mountains.

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