Fine Furniture Fest in Woodstock
WOODSTOCK, VT, July 2009 – Frank Lloyd-Wright, Shaker, American modern and kitchen contemporary are among many furniture pieces handcrafted from sustainably harvested forests that will be displayed Sept. 26 and 27 during the 6th annual Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival in Woodstock, VT.
This is an annual joint celebration of artistry and forest stewardship presented by the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Assn. (VWMA) and the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.
Last year’s event drew over 2500 patrons who made off-the-floor purchases and orders for home furnishings valued, in some instances, at $12,000.
Said one satisfied furniture exhibitor: “People attending are aesthetically engaged, savvy and appreciative.”
Guests mingling and shopping here see that the exhibitors live their lives with tools of their craft in hand instead of iPods. Live demonstrations, forest tours and local food make this Festival an annual must-do.
Many of Vermont’s artisans who are creating fine furniture here are committed to Vermont’s environmental ethic, the strongest in the country. They often source wood grown locally in sustainably managed private forests, says Kathleen Wanner, VWMA director.
“They believe it is their responsibility to support the forest products industry – from the local landowner to end producer,” she said, noting that this industry employs upwards of 14,000 in Vermont whose total population hovers around 600,000.
In so doing, says Wanner, these furniture artisans shorten the supply chain and minimize the carbon footprint.
“It’s a win/win for all, from the land stewards who have been caring for our forests for generations to the end consumers who are buying Vermont products made from sustainably harvested woods,’ she says.
“Value is being added all along the line,” she says, “thanks to this ethic geared to Vermont and supporting the Vermont economy.”
Over 50 or so exhibitors are expected to display, demonstrate, and take orders for their products at this annual event in Woodstock.
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