So why do customers find real, solid wood to be the material of choice for dining room furniture? You could eat off a glass top table or a metal table or even a plastic table.
Perhaps people are looking for some authenticity in their lives. For a direct and natural connection to the earth. Read more on the Vermont Made Real Wood Furniture blog.
Vermont Woods Studios will be featured in Thursday's edition of the Burlington Free Press. The article will focus on our reclaimed barnwood furniture made from antique barn boards left by aging New England barns.
I hope you'll check it out on the front page of the Living section on January 26, 2012. Our friend, reclaimed barnwood furniture expert and fellow woodworker, Raphael Groten will be featured as well.
I think people are starting to see that Vermont truly is the Fine Furniture Capital of America with some 2000+ small furniture makers located throughout the state. Thanks to freelance journalist Stephen Mills for helping to spread the word.
There's so much ground to cover in defining "fine wood furniture" such as style, type of wood used, craftsmanship, type of joinery used, finishing products and techniques, the use of hand tools versus precision machinery, the use of veneers versus solid wood, and of course durability and longevity.
So I've been opining my way through each area-- well just to generate some discussion really, because I think that would be more valuable than an attempted definition of "fine wood furniture".
But my point is, if you're going to define fine wood furniture, you probably do need to address where it comes from. Furniture from small companies like Vermont Woods Studios that use American-grown, sustainably-harvested wood and local craftspeople is different than furniture that's made overseas with illegal wood by people paid 25 cents/hour. It feels different. It has better "karma". It makes you feel proud to own it. You find yourself telling people all about where you got it and how long it took to make and how the joinery is designed, right?
More about fine wood furniture at Vermont Woods Studios.
Thanks to Clearlake Furniture for the photo of their Rocking Chair
Green businesses are our best chance to make America great again. NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are effective in many ways but they have to be funded by either government or business. Governments (both state and local) are so big, and bulky and fickle. They can help, but they're not really providing much leadership these days, are they?
So it seems to me the burden of leading an American renaissance rests squarely on the broad shoulders of business. In Vermont, businesses are small though. The average business has only a handful of employees. But that hasn't stopped all of us from trying to change the world... because we have a secret weapon: collaboration.