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
We are always excited to find new local crafts people who make beautiful accessories that compliment our furniture. This week we connected with Dave Gutschmidt, a wood turner in Vancouver, Washington who creates one of a kind delicate pieces that feature Live Edge and integrat. These delicate beautiful pieces are available just thru our showroom. Please stop by if you would like to see them in person. They range from $150 to $250.
Bradford Pear Natural Edge Bowl with carved feet • $250
After leading The Joinery for 31 years, founder Marc Gaudin decided it was time to “repurpose” his life, and in late 2013 he sold the company to Jon Blumenauer. Marc was intent on finding a buyer who could grow The Joinery while maintaining its dedication to high quality handcrafted furniture and commitment to sustainability.
He found the perfect fit in Jon. The founder of Hutani Sustainability Strategies, Jon has spent the last several years helping companies devise, implement and communicate sustainable business strategies that improve long-term competitiveness. He has worked previously with Nike and G4S International, and has over a decade of international management experience with postings throughout Asia and Europe.
Now Jon is happy to be back in his hometown leading a company that has become a Portland icon.