March 2017

The Joinery is proud to now offer metal dining table bases from Ingot Furnishings, led by Portland designer and craftsman Todd McMurray. Ingot bases are bold and graceful forms crafted from solid steel and available exclusively through The Joinery in several standard designs and finishes. Below is our Live Edge Dining Table using the Talos base in Gold finish, which is currently on display at our Yamhill Showroom in downtown Portland.

Live Edge table with INGOT base

This incredible 43” x 100” top is from the first graduating class of the log purchasing program that we began with Goby Walnut in 2015. The log was milled to our specified thicknesses and cured for the last two summers before making it into our shop.

The Joinery is providing furniture to help stage the Goat Blocks Apartments on SE Belmont in Portland. Named for the herd of goats that occupied the previously vacant blocks in the heart of Portland’s vibrant Central Eastside, the blocks are being developed to include four different apartment buildings, each with its own design aesthetic, feel, and use of community space. The space also includes a variety of retail and restaurants, including Market of Choice and Kachka.

Goat Blocks Entry Way

We currently have pieces in the Ten10 building, which have Scandinavian-inspired finishes and a clean, simple design. With this aesthetic, the Modern Simple bed and Slipper Chair were naturals in the bedroom, as well as the Cantilever Desk in the open loft office space. On the open first floor plan, we have our Celilo Media Console, Milo Bar Cart and the ultimate in versatility, the Butcher Block Island.

There are three more buildings opening soon, each with a distinctive feel, but all with a great close-in location and access.

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Woodworking has been in Mecheal’s blood for as long as he can remember. His father owned a furniture manufacturing facility and store in Damascus, Syria, and Mecheal first began helping out in the summers when he was about ten. He began working full time after his high school graduation.

The first piece he remembers completing all on his own was a custom bed. The furniture designs in Syria were much more ornate than we build, including a lot of texture and carving. Mecheal continually developed his skills and eventually took over the leadership of a building team. He worked in his father’s shop until he came to the US in 2008, and has worked at The Joinery since that time.

Featured Builder Mecheal

Mecheal loves the precision of the dovetail joint, and the rich beauty of Western Walnut, but is not wedded to a particular style or wood species. Instead he loves the variety of pieces that he works each month, and the challenge of the custom pieces that continually come his way.

Although Mecheal is accomplished at both Beds and Chairs, he is not one to spend time relaxing, at least while he is at work. At home has a small shop, and enjoys spending time with his family, which is about to get bigger with his wife pregnant with their second child.

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