Behind the Shoji 2014

The Portland Japanes Garden's Behind the Shoji art sale open this Friday, July 18th. This annual art sale and show is a favorite with both members and visitors alike and showcases Pacific Northwest Artists who create beautiful Japanese-inspired jewelry, ceramics, painting, photography, paper crafts, furniture and more.

This year we will have some amazing locally harvested Western Walnut furniture featured including our Tansu cabinet and Kyoto Stools. Every weekend there will be artist demonstrations, and on Saturday, July 19th, one of our craftsmen will be there demonstrating how we assemble our Kyoto Stools. To learn more about his show visit the Portland Japanese Garden here.

Behind the Shoji at the Portland Japanese Garden


Modern Four Drawer Dresser

The latest design to come thru our woodshop is the Modern Four Drawer Dresser. This piece is made out of Western Walnut with our Mission Pulls in Brushed Brass and was featured at ICFF this year. This piece is 21" deep X 32" wide X 35" high and is $3,490.

Modern 4 Drawer Dresser

B the Change Community Clothing and Book Drive

Portland B Corps are working together this coming week to make a change by raising funds, awareness, and volunteering for local causes from June 16 - 20th and we are proud to be a part of it. The Joinery is partnering with G Diapers to help collect children's books for the Children's Book Bank and clothes for Sunshine Division. If you have any gently worn or new clothes or children's books to donate please bring them by.



South East: The Joinery at 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd 10am to 6 pm

North East: G Diapers at 2808 NE MLK Jr Blvd Suite G 8:30 am to 3:30 pm



Meet our Award Winners 2014

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.

Metamortise 2014 Award Winners

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!


Behind the Shoji

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.

Behind the Shoji



Game-Changing Game Boards

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.

The Joinery Chess Board

Chess Board and Pieces made from Walnut and Maple • $185

Plywerk Bamboo Frames for Father's Day

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.

Plywerk Maggie Picture Frame Back Detail

Metamortise Award

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

Toledo Curio Cabinet • 16"d x 40"w x 44"h


Best for the Evironment 2014

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.


BCorp Best for the Environment


The Scrap Contest is Coming

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.

Scrap Contest 2014