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Friday, April 5 • 10:00am - 11:00am
(CASE STUDY) Farms & Forests: Sharing the Stories of Vermont's Working Landscape to attract Tourists to Vermont from Tree to Table

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Vermont's working lands and our green mountains is what brings people to our wonderful state. Eating locally grown food while visiting a farm, drinking craft brews, or sipping wine at a cheese tasting are all obvious allures to tourists. We would like to take that one step further, a step into the forests of our state and how some of the initiatives that Vermont woodworkers are doing can attract more tourists into the state with positive stories, focused on the tree. The Naked Table Project, formed by Shackleton Thomas, is a key example. “The Naked Table is naked of ego, stripped to its essentials as the centerpiece of the home — and is made in the most simplistic and time-tested manner. We invite friends and families to our workshops to make tables for themselves to last for ages to come. Each piece in the Naked Collection is made from the iconic Sugar Maple harvested from the Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park tree farm we visit during the workshops — inverse from conventional methods of deforesting and sourcing wood from anywhere in the nation, or the world. Using Vermont Natural Coating’s whey-based finish in our workshops, the table is completely non-toxic with the most minimal environmental impact. Since the start of the project in 2008, the table has come to symbolize our community’s connection to our local environment and our ability to make something of it.” This example, and others can be shared to demonstrate how to connect tourists to our beautiful working lands of farms and forests.

Target Audience: All attendees welcome


Charles Shackleton

Charles Shackleton is a renowned Vermont furniture maker and designer who was born and grew up in Dublin, Ireland. Trained in the traditional styles of handmade furniture making, Charles has been recognized by the Vermont Senate as Vermont Woodworker of the Year, is one of the founding... Read More →

Ben Machin

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
Ben received a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1996 and a Master’s in Forestry from the University of Vermont in 2003. Prior to joining Redstart Forestry in 2001, Ben was employed as a firefighter/smokejumper with the USDA Forest Service, parachuting and fighting fires... Read More →

Brent Karner

ClearLake Furniture
In 1985, Brent Karner graduated from North Bennet Street School in Boston where he learned the art of fine woodworking. After graduating from North Bennet, prior to starting ClearLake Furniture, he spent many years crafting 18th and 19th century reproductions as well as contemporary... Read More →

Peggy Farabaugh

Vermont Woods Studios
After weathering Hurricane Katrina and losing her job teaching a distance learning program at Tulane University, Peggy did what any social entrepreneur would do: start a company to help save the planet. Her passion for forest conservation and the Vermont furniture industry inspired... Read More →

Friday April 5, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
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