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You can't believe everything you read, but when the news seems like it is all bad, all the time...sometimes you take what you can get. Hearing news like that below gives one hope that each tiny step we make towards a greater goal really means something, and that each individual working to make a difference is, well, making a difference.

 

 

Here at The Joinery we get excited to work on custom pieces, and this spindle bed we just shipped to California was a great project. This project was developed in partnership with Ingrid Ballman, an interior designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, as a fully custom Queen size bed in FSC Certified Cherry. Below are some shots of the bed as it headed through assembly.

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Here in our Builder Profile section, we like to introduce to you one of our many talented craftsmen who work so hard to bring us such beautiful furniture. Below we have talked to Ariel, a builder who focuses on Joinery Occasional Tables, Morris Chairs, Hope Chests and Small Case Goods.

 

 

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We here in the showroom really love the Western Walnut, and so many of our customers do too. One of the finest aspects of this deep, dark species of wood is the fantastic grain patterning, and on paneled pieces the grain is really given a chance to stand out. Every once in awhile, we get a selection of lumber that just blows us away, and that is definitely the case with the panels on the back of this Yoshinaga Desk, currently on the floor. Just look at this amazing grain patterning (please excuse our computer cords)!

 

Ryan Lingard, a Portland architect (with Paul McKean Architecture), and friend of The Joinery, was featured in Sunset Magazine's August issue with his wife Mariah, and we are so inspired by their amazing 130 square foot  space. Simplicity, resourcefulness and calm energy reign supreme in their weekend cabin. Together Ryan and Mariah designed and built this off-the-grid structure on a steep slice of land overlooking the stunning Lake Wallowa, outside of  Joseph, Oregon. Many of the materials were sourced with minimizing footprint in mind, and all the work was done by the two of them, with some aid with the labor from friends and family. The road leading to their property is an unpaved fire road, and all their material needed to be brought up the steep property by human power. They are spending their time here with a  no electricity, a simple outdoor shower that collects rainwater, a wood stove for heat, and did it all for under $10,000. Theirs is an inspiring tale of willpower and conviction and sticking to your dreams...with style...on a budget!

 

A green roof is a roof of  a building hat is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems. Also known as “living roofs”, green roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, and helping to lower urban air temperatures and combat the heat island effect. 

As our current culture begins to find itself focusing harder on the impact of our daily lives on the planet, and we start searching for ways to combat the heavy footprint we are leaving, the idea of updating our structures with green roofs is exciting and intriguing. Such a large scale project may seem quite intimidating however, but The Daily Green (one of our favorite blogs for trustworthy information about living green) has a great slideshow and some solid facts about the importance of a living roof. Points like a green roof provides a built in temperature moderator for a building, creates wildlife habitats, and increases spaces for edible gardens makes the idea very exciting indeed. Check out the whole slideshow on The Daily Green here.

 

 

 

 

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