Dining Furniture: A Conversation with a Local Craftsman

Dining Furniture: A Conversation with a Local Craftsman

Buzz, Community and Boston, Design Inspiration, Eco Friendly, General, Green Design, Things To know
After visiting another of our local vendors, we continue to be impressed by the attention and care that our partners put into every aspect of furniture making. We visited the factory who make our Alden Collection, located in Winchendon, MA, a few stepping stones away from where it used to be located, in Gardner. Gardner was and remains to be to known for, its hustling and bustling furniture community. A sense of history and pride runs through their business as they're essentially the last factory standing in what used to be a hub of furniture making in Massachusetts. Who are they? As for why they make furniture, it wasn’t happenstance. The owner, Peter is, in his own words, “deep into the craft of making furniture.” And they’ve been making it,…
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Spotlight on a Charity We Love: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Spotlight on a Charity We Love: Save the Harbor/Save the Bay

Community and Boston, Eco Friendly, Events and Fundraisers, Fun Report, General, Pick of the Week, Things To know
We’re passionate about supporting the local community, both by partnering with local businesses and supporting local charities in any way we can. Today we’re putting a spotlight on an organization we’ve been partnered with for over 20 years. Save the Harbor/Save the Bay was founded in 1986. We’ve been working with them since 1996, and have since formed a long-lasting and mutually rewarding relationship. The Circle family feels strongly about restoring and protecting the Boston harbor, and we’re proud to be aligned with an organization that cares equally about the beautiful city we live in. Who are they? We met with Bruce Berman, director of Strategy and Communications, to talk about our partnership with them and what the charity has accomplished. He described, “Save the Harbor was founded with a clear mission:…
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Handmade Furniture: a Tour of a Local Woodshop

Handmade Furniture: a Tour of a Local Woodshop

Eco Friendly, General, Random, Things To know
Recently, we had a chance to visit a local woodshop that we’ve been partnered with for over 30 years and get a peek into their daily routine. They’ve been making hardwood furniture for around 35 years, and they specialize in bedroom furniture as well as mirrors, tables, and occasionally media cabinets. We spoke to Chris who’s been with them for 19 years. He describes the wood they use for their pieces, “Everything we do is cherry, but our secondary woods for the drawer sides are pine. Most of our cherry comes from the Alleghany National Forest in Pennsylvania.” Sustainability Caring for, and not harming, the environment is important to them and they take care to ensure that the wood they source is from sustainable forests and that trees are continually…
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Homeowner’s Guide to Natural Wood in Furniture

Homeowner’s Guide to Natural Wood in Furniture

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There are numerous natural wood types used in furniture, ranging in density, color, grain pattern, and price. The more informed you are about the wood used in your furniture the easier your shopping process will be. It will also give you a greater sense of connection to your furniture. Wood is, after all, a living material. By nature, it is varied, unique, and has its own story to tell. We decided to create this guide so that you would have all of the need-to-know information about wood furniture in one place. Natural characteristics of wood The first thing to keep in mind when thinking about wood furniture is that wood is a living material. Its characteristics will never be uniform, and perfection should never be expected. A tree, and therefore…
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Copeland Furniture Company: A Factory Tour and Inside Look

Copeland Furniture Company: A Factory Tour and Inside Look

Buzz, Community and Boston, Eco Friendly, Fun Report, General, Green Design, Pick of the Week, Things To know
I had the opportunity last week to journey up to Bradford, Vermont to attend Copeland Camp, a 2-day jam-packed instructional camp, hosted by Copeland Furniture Company. Copeland has been creating sustainably harvested hardwood furniture since the 70’s, and we’ve been working with them for nearly 4 decades. On deciding to work with Copeland, Peggy describes, "One of the most important things for me is the care they give to the environment and their desire to protect it for future generations. Tim Copeland was also a founding member of the sustainable furnishings council along with Circle, and one of the first winners of the Sage award given by the National Association of Manufacturers back in 2008."   Copeland Furniture Company Copeland Furniture has many attributes, they’re known for hardwood furniture, local…
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Local Manufacturing: Why it’s so Important to Us

Local Manufacturing: Why it’s so Important to Us

Circle Furniture News, Community and Boston, Eco Friendly, General, Green Design, Things To know
Circle Furniture has always been proud to support and work with local furniture manufacturers. The majority of our product line is made in America, and a large portion is made locally in New England. Our core objective is to provide our customers with the highest quality furniture, and we believe sourcing local materials and working with small local companies is an imperative part of that. We’ve come to learn that there is no reason to outsource wood. Some of the best and highest quality woods are grown right in our backyard, in New England. We’re also passionate about supporting the local economy. We live and work in the same neighborhoods you do. As members of the community, we hope to better our neighborhoods in every way we can. Peggy Burns…
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Why Is Wood Furniture So Expensive? A Detailed Breakdown

Why Is Wood Furniture So Expensive? A Detailed Breakdown

Eco Friendly, Furniture Care Q&A, Green Design, Things To know
If you’ve ever bought furniture, chatted with someone who has purchased furniture, or even looked into purchasing furniture, we can bet you’ve asked yourself, “why is wood furniture so expensive?” Here at Circle Furniture, we have over 60 years’ worth of experience of seeking the best wood furniture for our customers to provide lasting value. Additionally, we are pros at navigating the furniture-buying process, so we bet we can help you answer this question. Before we get started, though, we thought we’d note something important: when you ask why furniture is so expensive, what you’re really asking is something else, something more like, “why is high-quality wood furniture so expensive?” What even is high-quality wood furniture? It’s no secret that you can find inexpensive “wood” furniture more readily now than…
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