Great news: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a new law last month called the Toxic-Free Families Act, and he signed it on a table I made! The new law is one of the nation’s strongest chemical reform policies, and mandates removal or labeling of dangerous toxic chemicals in consumer products – often children’s products – sold in Vermont.
The signing of the law took place at the Burlington, Vermont headquarters of Seventh Generation, makers of eco-friendly cleaning products. In 2008 I made ten pieces for their expanded headquarters (a LEED Gold certified building), and the table now sits in their reception area. It is based on my carved cherry Wine Cabinet design, with a similar carved front panel. Vermont sculptor Kerry O. Furlani carved a leaf in Vermont green slate for the table, which I inlaid into the top. I made each of the ten pieces out of FSC certified sustainably harvested wood, a requirement for the project.
It is an honor to know that Governor Shumlin chose to sign this new law on my table, and so great to know that he did it on a table that was made right here in Vermont, from sustainable wood with a toxic-free finish. Way to go Gov!!! And most importantly, thank you for doing the right thing to help protect the health and safety of the people of Vermont with this new law!
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signs the Toxics Free Act on a handcrafted table by David Hurwitz in collaboration with sculptor Kerry O. Furlani. Photo credit: Seventh Generation
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signs Toxics Reform Bill in Burlington. Photo credit: Seventh Generation.
Here’s some photos from the process of making the table:
Carved FSC certified sustainable cherry. Copyright 2008 David Hurwitz. All rights reserved.
Kerry’s drawing for the carved slate leaf. Copyright 2008, Kerry O. Furlani. All rights reserved.
Hand carved Vermont green slate inlaid into cherry table top.
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Sustainable wood studio furniture designed and made in Vermont
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