Stu Stu Studio

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Our studio is located in the South End Arts District of Burlington, VT, a vibrant, expansive community that nourishes all types of creative and entrepreneurial work. We’re excited to be a small piece of the fabric of this emerging design district and welcome you to come explore the area. There are incredible places to eat, shop, drink, catch a show, create, and generally be outside. It’s a perfect place to explore either on foot or by bike.

We are only open for the occasional special event, or by appointment, so, let us know if you would like to stop in while you’re in the area. We’d love to show your around.

4 Howard Street C-1 | Burlington, VT, 05401 | info@riven.co


We take care in selecting the highest grade hardwoods for our work, using exclusively species native to The Northeastern US. Sugar Maple, White Ash, Red Oak, and Black Cherry come exclusively from the woods of New England, while Black Walnut doesn’t grow abundantly here, nor is it of consistent quality. For this reason we source ours from the Midwestern US.

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We believe that function and form are equally important and endeavor to express them equally in all of our work. Firstly, we explore the environment in which it will exist, identify the need it will address, and begin looking at the relationship between the two. The next step is to create a real-life scale model from which we can quickly iterate upon. Once we’ve reached pleasing proportions and relationships between the various elements we begin digital modeling to further refine, embellish, and harmonize the design.

We then gather materials and begin the work of milling and joining. Special care is taken in choosing boards, with an eye towards utilizing the natural character of the grain in a way that creates harmony and flow within the piece. This step is not to be underestimated, and is one of the keys to creating truly beautiful work.

All of this is done in our Burlington, VT workshop, where we employ traditional methods of construction and joinery, and build each piece one at a time. With the proper love, care, and maintenance our work will last for generations, becoming more beautiful with age and use.

Process


Our studio uses the most environmentally friendly, durable finishes available. Our clear finishes are water-based, Ultra-Low-VOC and sprayed with low volume equipment that maximizes coverage. Our oil finishes and stains contain no VOCs, and are hand applied. Both hold up wonderfully to the demands of daily use, and grow more beautiful with age, gathering a patina that speaks to the lives that have been lived with them. Our finishes can be cared for by simply wiping occasionally with a lightly dampened cloth. If desired, a wood cleaner or furniture wax can be employed to renew and refresh the finish (please follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

Finish