The beauty and sustainability of solid wood.

This Q&A was featured in Restaurant development + Design magazine with Dustin Glasscoe, Founder & CEO, Vermont Farm Table.

Q: Describe Vermont Farm Table in 10 words or less. 
Dustin Glasscoe: Fully customizable, solid wood tables sustainably crafted in Vermont.

Q: What makes Vermont Farm Table unique in the landscape of furniture manufacturers? 
DG: Our solid wood tables and furniture are crafted in our state-of-the-art woodshop in Bristol, Vermont. We source wood by the project: hand-selected and crafted using a combination of traditional woodworking techniques and cutting-edge technology, for results that match the design intent.

Q: Why should designers be working with solid wood? 
DG: Sustainability, natural beauty, durability, the list goes on. A piece of wood was once living and breathing, and still retains energy that contributes to its beauty, it’s warmth and the environment in which it ultimately lives in our lives. We believe in the importance of surrounding ourselves with natural materials because it contributes to a sense of well-being, comfort, and reminds us of our connection to the natural world.

Q: How has woodcraft evolved in the 21st century?
DG: Woodworking is an ancient vocation that has shaped the course of human history. At VFT, we’re marrying proven design and construction techniques with modern technology, like 3D rendering, robotics, and integrated power and data. The result is stunning, timeless tables suitable for modern living.

Q: Can solid wood manufacturers meet the demands of large-scale projects?
DG: Absolutely! In Vermont, our talented team brings products to life using a combination of cutting-edge technology and classic woodworking techniques. We use best-in-class rendering technologies to show designers the finished custom piece before wood sees a saw. Our skilled team brings designs to life with precision and speed. Our quality is unsurpassed and our 6-week production lead time is best-in-class.

Q: Why are eco-conscious designers specifying solid wood?
DG: Environmental responsibility is at the core of the work we do and we believe it should be a priority of every designer’s practice. Green building has evolved beyond the initial emphasis on energy efficiency and attention is being given to the choice of materials and finishes. The species we use come from responsibly managed forests that will continue to generate high-quality wood for generations to come.  We take a long-term view of this incredible resource, sourcing responsibly and building tables that will last well beyond the lifespan of the trees they came from.