If you find yourself flipping through the August issue of Early American Life magazine, you might just spot Sawyer Made. I'm honored to have been selected by their expert panel to be included in their 2017 Directory of Traditional American Crafts. When my father David Sawyer was building chairs, he was included on this list for a number of years, and it feels very special to be able to follow in his footsteps.
2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Sawyer Made. This year we have been invited to the MADE section of the Architectural Digest Show, where we will showcase our handcrafted Windsor chairs in the heart of New York City. Since we'll be exhibiting our work at such an inspiring venue, we thought that it was only right to design new pieces that demonstrate a slightly more modern take on traditional Windsor designs.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming issue of Mortise & Tenon Magazine which will feature a interview with Sawyer Made talking about traditional green woodwork, simple living, and passing the baton in a family business. We're especially honored to be a part of such a wonderful publication that succeeds so beautifully in documenting traditional furniture building and making it feel simultaneously timeless and meaningful in our modern day. We can't wait to see this issue and all the ones that come after it.
We're happy to announce that next Spring we'll be packing up our draw knives and shave horses and hitting the road out to Iowa to attend the HandWorks Expo. The roster of individuals and companies attending is really very impressive, and we're really looking forward to meeting other traditional woodworkers, blacksmiths, and tool makers from all over the country. Come find us demonstrating Windsor chair making techniques in the Greenwood Barn.
An exhibit of current work from Vermont furniture makers will be on display on the 2nd floor of the State House from August 15th - October 21st. You can come see the work any time that the State House is open from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. We'll have a couple of new chairs on display, and if you're available, please come celebrate with us on at the reception on
September 2 from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M during the Montpelier Art Walk.
115 State Street, Montpelier, VT, 2nd Floor
I'm very excited to announce that I've recently been accepted into the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. It's an honor to be a part of a group with so many talented woodworkers who share a dedication to craftsmanship and quality. They recently posted a short profile of my work with Sawyer Made and about the distinguishing characteristics of green woodworking. So much of the work I do is impacted by the time I've spent working with my dad, and I'm happy to share a bit about my journey to chair making, and the guiding influence he has had along the way. Hope you enjoy it!
The holidays are right around the corner and that means it's time for spoons! What better gift than a hand-crafted spoon. Annie Sawyer hand-carves all her spoons from local hardwoods. Making every one unique and beautifully finished to feel soft and comfortable in your hand.
Come stop by if you can from 10am-4pm, or as always feel free to visit our shop or contact us for additional pieces or custom orders.
It's a beautiful day here in northern Vermont with the leaves just starting to show signs of fall. This means enjoying the last few days of summer, and getting the firewood stacked, but it also means that Stowe's annual Foliage Festival is just around the corner. We're excited to attend this year with an assortment of our windsor and watchman's chairs, and also to bring along our smaller pieces as well, including bowls, spoons, and windsor footstools. We'll be doing lots of building over the next few weeks, with pictures over on our instagram page.
Stowe Foliage Arts Festival
October 9, 10, 11 10am-5pm
80 Weeks Hill Rd, Stowe Vermont
If you've seen us in Brattleboro or Brooklyn this summer, you probably noticed that there was a new face hanging out with the Windsors. We thought we'd take a minute to properly introduce our Watchman's Chair. Based on a traditional African chair design, this chair is hand-carved and incredibly comfortable for lounging. The two pieces slide together easily, and can be collapsed flat for shipping or storage. Pictured here in a beautifully figured cherry slab with a stripe of sugar maple, and hand-finished with Danish oil.
Please email us directly for ordering, prices vary based on wood selection.
This summer we're planning a road-trip down to New York to join Renegade Craft Fair for two Saturdays at their Brooklyn pop-ups. Held at the Williamsburg waterfront next to the Smorgasburg Food Market, these fairs will showcase a huge array of independent makers, and offer the best of summer in the city. We're very excited to bring a little piece of Vermont craftsmanship to Brooklyn, and of course, get a great slice of pizza.
June 13 + 27