April 2019

With the end of our lease at our Woodstock facility on the horizon, we began the search for a new manufacturing facility over a year ago. The biggest need was to find a space that would allow us to grow and improve our manufacturing operation. But we also wanted to maintain the characteristics that made our current location so special. We loved being part of a vibrant Portland neighborhood and all that entailed. 

It was also important to consider the input from our team, and to that end our entire company got together to create a wish list for the new space. Meeting that list was a tall order, and we are ecstatic to be moving into a new building that checks all the major boxes – a much larger manufacturing space that gives us room to grow, includes a furniture showroom that allows customers a peek into our manufacturing process, and is located in a great Portland neighborhood with all the amenities (including the “walkable beer” wish, which we will have thanks to Occidental Brewing).

We are sad to be saying goodbye to the Woodstock neighborhood that we have called home for the last 22 years. We are grateful for the support from the community, which has played a huge role in our success over that time. The expressions of support, especially over the past couple months, have been humbling and we are deeply appreciative. If it would have been possible to stay at Woodstock, we certainly would have done so. Stay tuned for plans to honor and thank the community, which we will share soon.

Although we are sad to leave Woodstock, we are excited to be moving to St. Johns – another great destination neighborhood that includes the iconic St. Johns bridge, Cathedral Park, and great shops and restaurants. And it has the added benefit of being closer and more convenient from our Downtown Portland showroom, just a short drive down Highway 30 and over the St. Johns bridge.

Our lease at Woodstock runs through October, and we will remain through that time.  Stay tuned for more details on the transition, including welcome and farewell gatherings.   

Team trip to St. Johns

Our team on a visit to the St. Johns facility.

Our typical manufacturing process is to determine the furniture piece we need, then find the perfect material to build it. But occasionally it works in reverse – we come across lumber so distinctive and beautiful that we design a piece to build using it. So was the case with Spalted Maple Live Edge Dining Table.

Back in January we saw Goby’s Instagram post of these incredible Spalted Maple live edge slabs. We thought the best way to highlight the rich beauty and character of the Spalted Maple was a live edge dining table with a black solid steel base from Ingot Furnishings.

Working with Spalted material is challenging as the properties of the material are quite different from our standard wood species. Throughout the process, Levi, one of our skilled Table builders, did an amazing job of determining the material layout and placement of the Wenge butterflies.

Once finished, the warmth of the Oregon Maple showed through and we decided to pair this piece with our new Kenton dining chair (soon to be online) in Cherry. See photos of our process to create this one-of-a-kind piece, including the original photo from Goby Walnut. To see it in person please stop our SE Woodstock showroom before it finds it forever home. 

 

Spalted Maple Live=Edge Table

Spalted Maple dining table 

Spalted Maple Dining Table

Spalted Maple Dining Table

Detail of Spalted Maple table

Spalted Maple Dining Table

Detail of curly Spalted Maple Dining Table