Since 1961 New England Woodcraft has been a leading custom contract furniture manufacturer providing high-quality, solid hardwood residence hall furniture to universities, colleges and military bases worldwide.
Our 100% American-made products are built with consistent quality and held to high environmental standards. New England Woodcraft is unparalleled in our dedication to quality, personal service, and on-time deliveries.
In 1960, under the name of “Furniture by Thurston,” Maxine and Harmon Thurston tried their hands at making coffee tables that could be shipped knocked down. It wasn’t until Maxine was unable to find a footstool for herself that they decided they should make footstools. With a set of simple tools in a one-car barn located in rural Vermont, the Thurston’s were in business! They initially sold through local craft shows, but things really took off when the Thurston’s ran a small advertisement in Yankee Magazine. The increased business allowed them to expand into other products.
“We grew from stools to wagon seats, benches, and anything with a straight line cut.”
Moving into a succession of larger shops over the years, they eventually settled into their current location in the town of Brandon, VT. In 1972, they began to sell a variety of furniture, including bedroom sets to Workbench stores in New York City, as well as to the college market. The company name was officially changed to New England Woodcraft in 1976, and while the business was growing steadily, there were a few setbacks. In 1985, an electrical fire burned the machine shop and the warehouse to the ground. Quick action on Harmon’s part saved the 32,000 sqft assembly shop and within six days they were shipping again without missing any delivery dates
“We never would have succeeded without each other.”
As Harmon says, “If it wasn’t for our dedicated and determined employees making this all happen, the company would not be what it is today”. The company proudly employs 150 employees with a core group of over 40 who have been building quality furniture for over 20 years.
Family members are still active in the business, but the machines are now larger and faster. However, the core values of the business have not changed since the first footstools were shipped. “Since 1960, we have been treating our customers to personal service, honest pricing, and sturdy, sensible furniture.”
Since 1960, we have been treating our customers to personal service, honest pricing, and sturdy, sensible furniture.
The core values of the business have not changed since the first footstools were shipped. Still run by the Thurston family and located in the central Vermont town of Brandon, we’ve been building furniture from the highest quality Northern Hardwoods for more than half a century.
Our furniture is “Made in the USA” and “Made to Order” which means that we can easily customize our furniture designs to meet your specific needs. No order is too large or too small.
Dedication to Quality, Personal Service, and Attention to Detail has made New England Woodcraft a Leader in our Industry
Year Founded in Vermont
Satisfied Worldwide Customers
Hardworking Vermont Employees
New England Woodcraft Leadership
Harmon Thurston, Founder
Charlie Thurston, CEO
Gary Marini, President
Committed to Sustainability
Being MAS Certified Green means that our furniture is safer for both the consumer and the environment.
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