We’ve always got Zola brands on our mind, so during a recent trip to Vermont, our Art Director made a slight detour to one of our favorites, Vermont Farm Table, to visit their team. Even better? She got a behind-the-scenes tour of their wood shop! Get the inside scoop on exactly what goes into making the boards, muddlers, paddles, and hand-crafted wooden goods that add that special touch to your newlywed home.
Dustin Glasscoe started Vermont Farm Table in 2008. He had recently moved to Vermont, and saw an opportunity to create high quality, functional, and robust furniture for hard-working families. Dustin knew that a table should be built by hand using traditional techniques and environmentally responsible materials. As a new dad, he also knew that it should be used daily, and only look better with wear and tear. With an eye for design, and woodworking skills gained at an early age, Dustin began handcrafting custom dining tables out of his garage in Charlotte, Vermont. The idea took off from there, all the way to their state-of-the-art woodshop!
Their Wood Shop
Number of full-time woodworkers: 3
Hardest product to make? For our custom tables, working with reclaimed materials is always a challenge, as there are all sorts of obstacles like nails and debris that can damage our equipment and slow us down if not detected. In the end, it’s completely worth it. Each table made from reclaimed material tells a different story, and we love telling our customers where each piece originated and how it came to be part of their home.
What’s the actual process of woodworking like? Whether we’re making a cutting board or a table, the manufacturing process follows roughly the same steps:
1. Hand select a board.
2. Cut it to the correct length + width, square it up to ensure it is as straight as an arrow, and plane it down to the desired thickness.
3. Hand cut small cutting boards. Glue, clamp, and assemble tables. Carve (on a lathe) and sand smooth the rolling pins, muddlers, and table legs.
5. Hand apply an oil + wax blend, which preserves the wood and protects against water + stains.
6. Ship products out to customers!
Most popular types of wood? Walnut or for the kitchen, Cherry!
Favorite thing to serve on your boards? Vermont cheeses and freshly baked bread. We also all agree that a Vermont Farm Table party isn’t complete without raw oysters and freshly muddled cocktails!
Any tips on using a VFT board? Yes! The biggest mistake people make is not keeping it properly oiled. Wash your cutting boards with soap + water, but once it feels dry, it’s time to oil it again. We suggest boiled walnut oil or our Spoon Butter. Once your board is clean + dry, use a cotton cloth or your hand to massage the oil into the wood. Allow the oil to soak into the wood, and simply wipe off any excess. A properly oiled board should last a lifetime!
Thanks for chatting Vermont Farm Table! Now, for all of you who now want a VFT board for your own registry, check out our favorites below or browse our entire selection on Zola.