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In any business, innovation is key to engaging employees and improving upon products and processes. To help bring these moments to light, we came up with our "J-Coins." We have about 50 of these circulating among our staff at any given time.

Innovation Coins

While this may not capture all the innovations that happen throughout the company, we have found it to be a nice way for us to all get involved and share in each other’s innovative moments.

Here is how it works:

When you observe an innovation from another team member, you give them a J-Coin. The goal is not to see how many you can collect.  Rather, it is for the recipient of the J-Coin to recognize an innovation from a teammate as quickly as possible.  At the end of every month we recognize innovations at our company meeting, and at the end of the year the employee with the most innovations wins Innovator Award.

This program (along with the idea and design of the J-Coins) was the idea of Taryn, our Furniture Designer.  And our inaugural coin was given to Tenzin, pictured below, for devising a new clamp pad.

Tenzin receives innagural Innovation Coin

Although we have a catalog full of beautiful standard designs, our customers still often approach us to create custom work. These unique projects are a challenge for our designer, builders and sales team to design and build, but they are most rewarding when they are able to be a part of a family for generations to come. This custom clock display cabinet was definitely one of those pieces, designed to house three large clocks made by the customer’s grandfather.

These were no ordinary clocks. They are beautiful – even award-winning – wooden works of art.  Below is a documentation of the original images we received and the process of building this one-of-a-kind piece. Tim's work on this case was extraordinary, and he managed to create a stunning piece that also highlighted the incredible craftsmanship of the clocks.

Handcrafted Wood Cabinet in Oregon

Last month The Joinery hosted an evening for commercial partners to celebrate Oregon Oak. This tree’s unique characteristics have led to a surge in demand for products ranging from furniture to whiskey. (Yes, whiskey!) Thankfully, this return in popularity is also accompanied by a renewed focus on forest restoration. After steady declines from what was once an oak savannah across the Willamette Valley, our dedicated forestry partners are going to inspirational heights to restore Oregon Oak’s vitality.

Our forestry partners Zena Forest Products and Hyla Woods were on hand to discuss their dedicated efforts to restore the species. The event also featured custom cocktails from Bull Run Distillery (which utilizes Oregon Oak barrels in the aging process of some of its whiskeys), Raft syrups served in Vitreluxe Oak Stump cups, paired with specialty Missionary Chocolates and a selection of appetizers from Mian PDX featuring Canopy and Understory’s salal berry spreads made from the iconic salal plant, native to Pacific Northwest forests and known both for its nutrient-rich berries as well as its beautiful green foliage.

Below are just a few of the highlights from the event. We look forward to continuing the restoration efforts through support of our forestry partners, Oregon Oak products and other byproducts of responsible forestry, and volunteer opportunities.

Cocktail with Bull Run Distillery

Bull Run Distillery Event with Oregon White Oak

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Once again The Joinery has partnered with many local and national makers to offer a selection of gift ideas for the holiday season, from toys to hostess gifts. See the selection online or come in to one of our showrooms to peruse for yourself. Here are just a few of our favorites.

 

Handcrafted gifts for the holidays

From left to right:

The Joinery Glued up Cutting Board  •  $75

Vitreluxe Salt cellar and bowls  •  From $15 - $25

Set of Four Walnut Salad Bowls  •  $240

Wooden Kitchen Utensils Range  •  $13  - $50

Wooden French Rolling Pin  •  $60

Large Wooden Bowl  •  $400

Handcrafted wooden games and toys

From left to right:

Wild Apples Dinosaur Play Set  •  $36

Rubberband Race Car  •  $24

Push T-Rex  •  $98 Purchase now

Chess Board  •  $220

Cribbage Boards  •  From $40-$140 Purchase now

4Pack Travel Car Set  •  $63 Purchaes now

Dragon Pull Toy  •  $45 Purchase now

The Joinery Home accessoires

 

From left to right:

Live-Edge Bowl  •  $350

Small Pearl Box  •  $77

Vitreluxe Glass Vases  •  $200 - $270

Night Owl  •  $140

Small Dish  •  From $15 - $25

Joinery Custom Portland Motawi Tile and Stand  •  $120

As summer drew to a close, we gave our team a challenging back-to-school project: scour our local lumber suppliers to hand-pick live edge slabs that would make even our master craftspeople swoon.

We were amazed by the unique natural beauty of each piece our team found. This included slabs from Western Walnut and Oregon Oak, as well as rare appearances from Elm, which will be complete later this month. A few photo examples follow, but try as we might, photos just don’t do these pieces justice. The complexity, grain line and rich color are best experienced in person, so please stop by one of our showrooms to see for yourself. The tops can be paired with a variety of wood or metal base options.

Live-Edge Western Walnut Dining Table with Butterflies

Live-Edge Western Walnut Top (A) (SOLD) • 41" at widest point x 94" long • Currently set up for Helio Steel Base

Top Only • $4,700

With Helio Steel Base • $8,650

Available to see at our SE Woodstock location

Live-Edge Western Walnut Dining Table with Butterflies detail

Live-Edge Oregon White Oak Dining Table

Live-Edge Oregon White Oak • 40" at widest point x 90" long • Currently available with Oak Wilkes Base

Top Only • $3,700

Available to see at our SW Yamhill location

With Wilkes Oak Base • $6,250

Live-Edge Oregon White Oak Dining Table Detail

Live-Edge Western Walnut Dining Table

Live-Edge Western Walnut Top (B) • 46" at widest point x 86" long • Currently available with Argon Silver Steel Base

Top Only • $4,000

With Argon Silver Steel Base • $7,950

Available to see at our SE Woodstock location

Live-Edge Western Walnut Dining Table Detail

Live-Edge Western Walnut Dining Table

Live-Edge Western Walnut Top (C) • 46" at widest point x 92" long • $4,000

Available to see at our SE Woodstock location

Live-Edge Western Walnut Dining Table Detail

Contour Western Walnut Dining Table

Contoured Western Walnut Top •  47" at widest point x 96" long 

Top Only $4,000

With Wilkes Base $6,721

Available to see at our SE Woodstock location

We are very excited to be hosting a Motawi Tileworks trunk show and talk with founder, Nawal Motawi. Nawal founded the company in her garage in 1992, when her first sales came at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market, next to the rutebega sellers. Since then she has grown the company to over 30 skilled artisans making beautiful handmade tiles. The Joinery has featured Motawi tiles in our showroom for over 10 years and are excited about having Nawal in our Yamhill showroom for these special events. During these events we will be featuring a custom color way specifically designed by Nawal inspired by the Pacific Northwest.

Motawi Trunk Show

On Thursday, September 13th from 5:00 - 8:00 join us for a special night with Nawal Motawi, owner and founder of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Learn how Motawi Tileworks came to be and how it has grown into an amazing team of over 30 makers whose passion and dedication to the craft continue Nawal's initial vision. Proceeds to this event will be donated to Oregon Healthcare Interpreters Association. To register for this event click here.

On Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th from 10:00 - 3:00 join us at our SW Yamhill location for a Motawi Tileworks Trunk show. Nawal will be on hand to meet guests and talk about tiles! We will have a large selection of their beautiful tiles on display and available for purchase.

A note from Joinery owner Jon Blumenauer

In late January 2017, I was returning from a meeting with leaders of other Portland-area B Corps. It was a volatile time for our community and, I believe historians will someday agree, our country. Donald Trump had just been sworn in after one of the most divisive elections in our history, and emotions were raw.

I don’t remember much about what we discussed in that meeting. But I do remember wishing what we had talked about instead: at a time of great uncertainty and fear, how can like-minded businesses get together to support one another and stand up for our core values, which appeared to be under attack? Particularly galling to me was the demonization of immigrants that Trump made a centerpiece of his campaign.

I mentioned this to Amy Prosenjak, the President of A to Z Wineworks, who was also at the meeting. She invited me to come out to the winery to meet with her and Sam Tannahill, one of A to Z’s founders, to talk about it further. While there are many worthy areas of policy to champion, the immigration issue was important to us because it cuts straight to the core of who we are as people, which is always reflected by how we treat others.

Never mind that virtually all Americans are immigrants. Never mind that the rhetoric, aside from being mean-spirited, was simply incorrect; never mind that the “policy” being championed was impractical and counterproductive. These are academic arguments. And that is not to say that academic arguments are not important – after all, immigration policy is complex, and well-intentioned people can come to support different approaches.

But this is about something much more real, much more tangible. It is simply this: How do we treat one another?

We resolved a couple of things in our discussion on that beautiful day overlooking the vineyards. One was to actively search out ways to partner with local businesses that share the same values to strengthen one another. Great intentions are meaningless without the ability to follow through on them. And in the case of small local companies, that means our businesses must remain strong to provide the jobs, stability, financial resources and bandwidth to focus on other things.

The other was to tell the story of how immigrants, particularly recent ones, contribute mightily to our communities.

Fast forward to June 2018 and the release of US, a compilation of immigrant stories from Portland-area B Corps. US profiles fourteen immigrants from countries across five continents.

US book

The Joinery will host a pop-up event for Portland Makers on May 31st at our downtown showroom. We are excited to host Belmont Blanket, Stone Barn Brandyworks, Nicole Curcio, Wood Lighting Design, and David Gutschmidt at our Yamhill showroom from 5:00-7:00. Please join us for appetizers and drinks and to see the latest designs from these remarkable Portland makers. Click here to RSVP.

Stone Barn Brandyworks  Stone Barn Brandyworks

Stone Barn Brandyworks

The Joinery is partnering with students enrolled in the Architecture and Design program at Sabin-Schellenberg, a professional technical high school serving the North Clackamas school district, to showcase and auction their innovative creations made from scrap lumber donated by The Joinery. Students will use industry leading 3D modeling software and digital manufacturing equipment to convert scrap wood into consumer products such as puzzles, coasters, and artwork.

Student Silent Auction Pieces

Our new Jarvis Standing Desk and Jarvis Conference Tables infuse movement into your workspace, which helps fuel creativity and engagement. Designed in collaboration with Fully, another Portland-based B Corp, these pieces provide a unique and sophisticated touch to any active workspace, not to mention a testament to our shared love of creating quality products using the best practices for the environment.

Jarvis Adjustable Standing Desk

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