“Old Growth” ~ VTG in Seven Days

December 15, 2016

Seven Days Journalist Megan James told VTG’s story in the Nest section of Seven Days this week.  If you’re in the market to buy, sell, make a move or spruce up your décor, Nest brings you the best in Vermont homes, design and real estate.

As the Winter 2016/2017 edition declares, “‘Tis the Season: Both at work and at home, it’s time to go inward, seek light and create welcoming spaces.”  We’re so pleased that Vermont Tree Good’s story is included in this quarterly collection of Home and Design news from across the state.


Aged Trees Get a Second Life as Unique Furniture at Vermont Tree Goods


The hulking base of what was once the largest elm tree in the Northeast lies on its side outside Vermont Tree Goods’ mill in Bristol. From this angle, the cross-section of the century-old trunk — which used to stand more than 100 feet tall at the Charlotte home of David Garrett — is shaped like a starburst, its gnarly edges encircling a dark, hollow core.

The tree succumbed to Dutch elm disease earlier this year. Since cutting it down on November 1, John Monks and his woodworking team have been milling the slippery elm into enormous, one-of-a-kind boards, with which they’ll build live-edge furniture. Monks says they have salvaged 90 percent of the material from this tree, which equals about 10,000 board feet, or enough to make 100 dining tables…  Read the entire story and check out the photos.