“It’s our belief that our customers love the beauty and elegance of our handmade furniture, so showcasing our furniture with paintings and sculptures that evoke the same feeling just makes sense.”
Vermont Woods Studios, the company created by Peggy and Ken Farabaugh, could be described most simplistically as a furniture store. In the end, they sell furniture. And yet their company is so richly informed by Vermont values, Vermont craftsmanship, the Vermont landscape — in short, “all things Vermont” — that it transcends a prosaic pigeonhole.
There isn’t really a word for an expanding young business that is also trying to honor state culture, make a profit, practice altruism, offer access to art and nature trails, and do its part to save the planet all at the same time. Whatever you call it, it weaves together many strands of thinking that are going on today — our best impulses in microcosm, a composite of modern Vermont enterprise.