January 2017

Goby Walnut is located just outside the Northwest Portland industrial district, and most of their lumber comes from within 100 miles of their shop.  Their material is sourced solely from hazard or salvaged trees – those that need to be cleared either because they present a hazard, or because the land is being converted to another use.  The source is predominantly from urban areas, and does not impact valuable forestland.

.Goby Walnut owners Art and Aaron

Ordinarily this material would be considered waste or sold for pulp. Goby instead upcycles it to higher value uses. We are happy to partner with a local company that provides us with fantastic material sourced from – sometimes literally – our own backyards. It allows us to build furniture that fulfills our lifetime warranty, ensuring that each tree has a second life that can rival the length of the first.

His love started on stage, but over time his passion for woodworking shifted from props to one-of-a-kind pieces that families would enjoy for generations.

Michael’s first experience in woodworking was helping to bring a set designer’s vision to life for stage productions while in college back in New York. When he moved to the Pacific Northwest, he followed his love of the theatre by building sets for Portland Center Stage performances. While bringing a new world to life on stage brought him joy, he wanted to shift into building pieces with a longer life span. Initially, he honed his skills by working from a shop at home to create pieces for his friends. Eventually he presented his portfolio to The Joinery and came on board in 2007.

 

Michael: the hands behind the craft at The Joinery

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Valentine's Sale: Love that lasts lifetimes

This Valentine’s Day, we are featuring a special couple with a very intimate relationship – Joinery beds and Soaring Heart mattresses.  They have so much in common – both are handcrafted from natural, high-quality materials.  Both are made by people with a deep commitment to their craft, as well as to the larger community.  And if that isn’t enough to ensure a serious commitment, both come with long-term warranties.

While our standard wood species allow us to build stunning dining tables, occasionally we like to experiment with different woods.  Recently we came across an incredible set of locally harvested, book matched Elm slabs and knew we could put them to good use.  The result is a gorgeous Live Edge Dining Table built by Michael, a ten-year veteran at The Joinery. The piece features an open grain pattern and unique figuring that resembles a heart shape.

Elm Live Edge Dining Table

 

We thought the table was stunning, and customers did too. It didn’t last long on our Yamhill showroom floor, but it will in it’s new home: the office of Steve Bloom, the CEO of the Portland Japanese Garden.

 

Elm Live Edge Dining Table with V-back Chairs

Today we are honored to join many distinguished Oregon companies as one of the Portland Business Journal’s 2016 Most Admired Companies in Oregon.  The Joinery is honored at #11 in the Product Makers and Designers category. We joined other outstanding companies big and small in this competitive category, including Danner, Hanna Anderson, Leatherman Tool Group, Nike, Pendleton Woolen Mills, Rejuvenation, and others.  This is quite an honor as this list is the result of input from about 450 CEO’s from around the state.