2017 Highlights: Good Times, Great People, Green Mission

Last updated on April 4th, 2018 at 01:39 pm

Dear VWS Team, Customers, Craftspeople & Friends,

A BIG thank you for your support of our Vermont furniture business this year. 2017 had it’s highs & lows but together with you we accomplished a lot of great things at Vermont Woods Studios.  Here are a few:

Architectural Digest, Boston Home, Dwell & Martha Stewart Featured Us

We’re in Architectural Digest Again!

We Planted Over 5000 Trees

Forest Conservation | Vermont Woods Studios
As wood furniture makers, we have a deep commitment to forest conservation. Our wood is harvested locally and sustainably. We plant 2 trees for every order in an effort to restore forests where our competitors still remove trees illegally. The trees above are being planted by our partners at Forests for Monarchs, a non-profit that’s restoring the Monarch butterfly’s winter forest habitat in Mexico. Our founder, Peggy Farabaugh volunteers her time to serve as vice president of FFM.

We Made New Videos of Vermont’s Great Furniture Makers in Action

Videos of Vermont Furniture Makers
Here’s our friend Shane McFalls of Mondo Media filming a video of the talented craftspeople at Maple Corner Woodworks. We also shot footage at Vermont Furniture Designs this year. Check them out on our Vermont Woods Studios Youtube channel.

Spotlight on Vermont Furniture Designs

We Grew Our Vermont Furniture Business by Over 20%

Customer reviews and testimonials | Vermont Made Furniture
This is a customer photo submitted by Scott A of Massachusetts. We put more Vermont made furniture in homes this year than ever before. See what our customers are saying about that.

We Provided Environmental Education for Kids

Wildlife Conservation | Vermont Woods Studios
We shared our passion for forest & wildlife conservation with summer campers in Hinesburg, VT. They studied the monarch butterfly with us and learned about it’s amazing migration from Vermont to the forests of Central Mexico.

The Hands That Hold the Future

We supported the 1st Annual Milkweed Symposium

Monarch Habitat Conservation | Vermont Woods Studios
The same Monarchs we’re planting trees for in Mexico need a habitat of milkweed up here in Vermont (where they spend their summer).  We’re planting  milkweed outside our showroom and supporting efforts to restore monarch habitat throughout Vermont.

Monarchs & the Milkweed Symposium

We Became Vermont Public Radio VPR Underwriters

Proud to Support VPR

We Adopted Families at Christmas & Made Donations to Local Non-Profits

Supporting Conservation & Local Charities | Vermont Woods Studios
Your support of this Vermont furniture business enabled us to donate furniture, home decor and cash to organizations including the Windham County Humane Society, the River Valley Art School, Families First, Project Feed, Groundworks Collaborative, The Nature Conservancy’s “Plant a Billion Trees Project”, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center (BEEC), the American Forest Foundation, the Northeast Wilderness Trust, Vermont Coverts, Woodlands for Wildlife, Rainforest Alliance, Rainforest Foundation, Rainforest Partnership, Vermont Center for EcoStudies, the Vernon Preschool and the Vermont Woodlands Association.

We Expanded Our Home Decor Store

Vermont made home decor store expanded
Nina and Tristan worked with our partners at Hubbardton Forge Lighting, Simon Pearce Glassware, Anichini Linens and several local artists to add hundreds of beautiful new Vermont made items to our Stonehurst showroom and our online store.

We Brought Amos, Lee, Liz & Geoff to VWS

Let’s get your photo in here, Guys!

We Cleaned up the Vernon Beach

Green Up Day | Vermont Woods Studios
Every year we join other nature nuts in Vermont on Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May to clean up the roadsides and public spaces in our town. You’d be surprised at the junk we find!

We Delivered Almost 1000 Meals on Wheels to Local Seniors

Stonehurst Became a Certified Wildlife Habitat

We’re a Certified Wildlife Habitat®


As our customers, team members, craftspeople and colleagues, you made our progress and good works possible. We love giving back to our community and supporting conservation efforts. We love telling the world about the fantastic, beautiful and high quality furniture that’s coming our of Vermont– the place we call the Fine Furniture Capital of America.

Honestly, though we do spend most of our time working with customers and are eagerly awaiting your phone call.  We can’t wait to help you fill your home with the classic handmade furniture you’ve always dreamed of.

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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.

Peggy Farabaugh

She is a CEO who brakes for salamanders, has bottle-fed rescued squirrels and spent her vacation building furniture for a rural school in Costa Rica. She believes in the future and in the people who will build it. A former distance-learning professor at Tulane University with a master’s in environmental health & safety, she turned an interest in forest conservation and endangered species into a growing, local business. She delivers rainforest statistics at breakneck speed, but knows how to slow down and appreciate the beauty of a newly finished piece of heirloom furniture.

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