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
On October 12, 1962 one of the most powerful storms of the 20th century rocked the West Coast. The famous Columbus Day Storm was felt from Canada to California. Waves crested at 30 feet on the Oregon Coast. Winds as high as 179 miles per hour ripped roofs off buildings and uprooted trees throughout the Pacific Northwest. One Western Walnut tree in the front yard of a home in tiny Keizer, Oregon survived the storm, but with a serious battle scar: A lightning strike on its trunk.
The house where the tree grew passed from one owner to the next, but the tree – and its story – remained. The lightning bolt seared the side of the tree, but over time the tree regenerated around the burned area. When the house’s current owners decided to take the tree down, they hoped it could live on in another form. So they contacted us at The Joinery and we jumped at the chance to purchase this piece of history.
Over the last year, the Lightning Tree has been turned into a custom bed, a desk, a dining table and a set of nightstands. With our focus on design and quality, we believe these pieces could very well live longer than the tree itself.
Now, down to the last slab remaining from the Lightning Tree, we’ve produced this beautiful live edge dining table, highlighting the rich, dark grain that makes Western Walnut so highly prized. The area where lightning struck over 50 years ago is still visible on one edge of the table.
While the Columbus Day Storm wreaked havoc on the region, the Lightning Tree survived. Now it begins its next life as the Lightning Table, which will last long into the future.
The Lightning Tree as it was being taken down in Keizer, Oregon.
Our latest shipment of handcrafted toys from Noli Noli has arrived and they are really darling. The one that caught all of our attention was the Day Owl which comes apart so you can store little treasures inside its body. To learn more about Noli Noli visit their website here or to purchase the Day Owl click here.
Day Owl • $88
Otto Bajnoczi was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. Coming from a family of woodworkers, his ability as a builder was somewhat, ahem, ingrained. While attending to studying Mathematics and Computer Science at ELTE University, he realized that woodworking was his true calling, and returned to the woodshop. As he puts it, "With no money, no machinery and very limited tools I started working on minor remodels, such as door and window repairs, refitting and finish carpentry. After a couple of years I found myself running my own little business, which included a wide variety of jobs."
Then he met the woman who later became his wife. She was also Hungarian, but grew up in the U.S. The family – which now includes 3-year old daughter Lucca, has lived in California, Kauai and Maui before deciding to make Oregon their home.
Otto has been with The Joinery for six years and has made tremendous contributions as part of our team of craftsmen. Aside from building beautiful pieces as part of our Case Team, Otto is the lead trainer for new woodworkers.
New to our showroom floor is a custom Maple Dining Table. This solid top dining table pairs really nicely with the Maple Studio Chairs, and the Custom Studio Bench we have available. The table is 42"D x 84"L x 30"H x and is $3,950. To learn more about this dining set or about other custom options contact us here.
The Joinery is always on the search for products to partner with our handcrafted furntiure. So when we started searching for a mattress company that holds itself to the same standards we do, Royal Pedic fit perfectly.
Royal Pedic offers a wide variety of latex, wool, and cotton mattress including a line of organic mattresses. Their organic mattresses are created using organic cotton, natural latex from sustainable rubber tree plantations, and untreated lambs wool. To learn more about Royal Pedic and their craftsmanship click here or to see their product line visit our Mattress page here.
If you are still looking for the perfect Valentine's Day gift, our showroom has many jewelry boxes and other gifts perfect for your loved ones. Below are just a few of our favorites that are available immediatly. Please contact the showroom here for additional Valentine's Day gift ideas and current availability.
2 Drawer Jewelry Chest • $878