History of Woodworking in Vermont 1791 to today

Reports on Wood Products Industry in Vermont and New England:


Assessment of Local
Wood, Local Good,
Certification Systems
& Vermont Sourced

Facts About the Industry:

  • Vermont’s forest-based manufacturing and recreation sectors contribute $3.4 billion to the economy, and supports 20,000 jobs (2011, FPR/NESFA) ($1.5 billion/10,000 jobs from non-recreational manufacturing)
  • Furniture making, moldings, turnings, and similar products employ nearly 1,600 Vermont workers. 
  • The payroll in this sector is about $49 million annually.
  • Though Vermont enjoyed a peak rate of $82 million in 2000, the rate has remained fairly stable in the last few years. 
  • Vermont’s annual economic output in the form of sales or value of shipments for the secondary wood products sector is about $143 million. 



  • Forest products made in Vermont account for over $1 billion in sales annually.
  • Finished furniture (both production and custom)
  • Furniture components
  • Cabinetry & architectural millwork
  • Clapboards and flooring
  • Toys & novelties
  • Lumber, veneer & plywood
  • Pallets, crates, and other packing and shipping materials
  • Cutlery handles & other component parts
  • Bowls, cutting boards & household accessories
  • Birdhouses and feeders

Supporting Working Landscapes

  • Forest land covers 80% of Vermont, with the majority of that being held by private non-industrial landowners. USDA Forest Service, State and Private Forestry
  • Annual timber harvest is about 1/2 of annual growth. VT Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation
  • Primary native species - Maple, birch, spruce and pine. VT Dept. Forests, Parks & Recreation.
  • Other species utilized - Red oak, ash, and cherry.

Sources: VT Department of Economic Development or VWMA, except as noted otherwise