Sustainability is core to The Joinery’s culture, and our annual Metamortise Award is one way we demonstrate that incredible design and zero waste can go hand in hand. This year we had ten entries for furniture designs built with nothing but bits and pieces of remnant lumber. Now in its fourth year, the creativity and craftsmanship continue to amaze.
More than a thousand of you voted for your favorite, and a clear winner emerged: the Toledo Curio Cabinet designed and built by Otto Bajnoczi and Angela Wright, shown below.
The piece is constructed primarily from cherry and incorporates Western Walnut accents, including hand-sculpted pulls integrated into the doors, and live edge drawer fronts inside the cabinet. It’s no wonder that the Toledo Curio Cabinet scored highest in innovation, design, and overall votes.
And congratulations to the lucky winner of our drawing among voters: David of Portland has selected the Mesa Centro Coffee Table as his prize. Congratulations to David – and thanks to everyone who participated!
Mark your calendar now for the “Behind the Shoji”: Portland Japanese Garden’s annual arts and craft sale running from July 18 to September 1 in their Pavilion Garden. The sculptors, printmakers, jewelers and other artisans invited to participate in this year’s event will stir your spirit and senses with pieces inspired by Japanese culture. The Joinery is honored to be participating in this event for the third year. Get more information here.
Stop by our showroom on a weekend and chances are you’ll see children – and often enough, adults – absorbed in a game of chess or Scrabble on a game board that is just too gorgeous to ignore. Take one of these handcrafted pieces home and suddenly those well-worn classic games are new again. The boards you see here are just a few of the types and styles available.
Chess Board and Pieces made from Walnut and Maple • $185
Sure, your dad would love to get a photo of you and the family this Father’s Day. And he’ll appreciate it all the more when it comes framed in one of these Plywerk Bamboo Frames, each handcrafted in Portland using sustainably sourced materials. Freestanding or wall-mountable, the frames feature an ingenious system of ball bearings and hidden magnets that let you swap out photos in an instant. Come visit us to fully appreciate their pleasing look and feel!
We have in stock the 7" x7" frames • $49, the 7" x 9" frames • $59, and the 10" x 12" • $79 frame.
Every year, we challenge our master builders to turn leftover wood fragments into something wonderfully unique. Their designs range from wildly imaginative to inventively utilitarian. But they all must meet The Joinery’s pedigree of beauty and quality.
To qualify to win the piece of your choice (up to a $4000 value), all you have to do is vote by clicking here.
To qualify to win, complete the ballot by answering all questions. Voting is open until June 1st. Shipping not included. All entries are displayed in our showroom and available for purchase. But they don’t last long.
Below are all the entries to this year's contest. The piece with the most votes will the Metamortise Award.
Toledo Curio Cabinet • 16"d x 40"w x 44"h
In April The Joinery was named to the “B Corp Best for the Environment” list in recognition of our outstanding environmental practices. Our inclusion resulted from an environmental impact score in the top 10% of all Certified B Corporations on the B Impact Assessment, a rigorous and comprehensive assessment of a company's impact on its workers, community, and the environment. This is the second consecutive year that The Joinery earned this distinction. See our score and learn more about the other honorees here.
Our 4th annual Scrap Contest is now underway. We challenged our entire team – including design, sales and craftspeople – to develop innovative new products utilizing only scrap wood. After much lumber hoarding and lots of time building and sanding, the pieces are nearly complete. Voting opens on May 13th and can be conducted online or through an in-store survey. At the conclusion of the contest we will draw the name of one voter, whose prize will be their choice among any of the Scrap Contest entries.
Below are photos of a few of the pieces being entered this year.
We have some great new gift ideas that are perfect for Mother's Day, including game boards, ceramics, glass, and wood accessories. Many are unique pieces handcrafted by local artisans, who we are proud to support. Stop by our showroom to find the perfect gift for your Mother or other special someone.
Handcrafted Game Board • $400
This year's Gathering of the Guilds and Oregon Potter's Association Annual Showcase is coming up. Held at the Oregon Convention Center, both shows are open May 2nd and 3rd from 10 am to 9 pm and May 4th from 10 am to 5 pm. This event features over 200 local potters from Oregon and Washington, along with many of other members of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, Oregon Glass Guild, the Creative Metal Arts Guild, the Portland Bead Society and the Portland Handweavers Guild.
The Joinery will have a booth at Guild of Oregon Woodworkers area. There will be educational demonstrations throughout all Guilds along with music, fashion show and much more. Below are just a few of the exhibitors from the Gathering of the Guilds.
Briquettes are now available this season! In keeping with our green initiative, the Joinery converts all of its sawdust and wood chips to briquettes. As a service to the community we offer these briquettes to the community for free on a first come, first served basis. They are great for barbecuing or for heating during the cold winter months.
A few of our wood briquettes ready to use