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Join us for an Artist Reception Friday, January 27th, 5-8PM at our Downtown Portland Showroom, featuring light appetizers and beverages.

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Art by kjirsten severson

About the art

TYPOGRAPHY BACK IN BLACK – kjirsten severson

Come see a full circle, historically, literally, and metaphorically in the history of typography. Typography is a hot field once again thanks to technology put to creative use. This project, however, is not that. Kjirsten Severson’s use of silkscreen frames that bear the enlarged characters of a 1936 Smith Corona is anything but high-tech. 

Kjirsten's emphasis on black and white standard typography is a return but a return that is not the "Same" thanks to Dadaism and Futurism in the early 1900s and the typography of Jackson Mac Low and Ian Hamilton Finlay in the 1960s and 70s. These movements challenged the dominance of the black and white newspaper print that governed society with authority; Mac Low and Hamilton Finlay used color and refused linear sequencing. In so doing, they wiped the slate clean and allowed kjirsten to return to the simplicity of black and white typeface in order to show the authority of that which makes all language possible – the authority of mystery –  the mystery behind language, the mystery by which language is born and creates; the mystery by which our senses of selves are born and create; the mystery of communion through text and image, and in this project specifically, TEXT AS IMAGE.
Come check out this crossover of concrete minimalist poetry, typography, philosophy, and memoir at The Joinery’s Downtown Portland Showroom at 922 SW Yamhill Friday, January 27th, 5.00-8.00 pm.

Featuring Pacific Northwest artists

The Joinery is proud to sell the works of local fine artists at both of our showrooms. Every two months we feature new work by a Pacific Northwest artist. With each new show there is something beautiful and fresh to see. 

We host an opening reception for the artist at our Downtown Portland location at the beginning of each show that is free and open to all. Join us for an evening of wine and appetizers, meet the artist, and receive special pricing on their work. At the end of each run, the show moves to our St. Johns showroom for an additional two months. If you can’t make the reception, please contact us here to set up an appointment to visit during our showroom hours. For more information about the art and featured shows contact our curator, Jeffrey Howard, at HOWARD-ART.com

Furniture Service Plan

The Joinery’s handcrafted wood furniture is designed for decades of use and enjoyment. To keep the protective finish looking and performing at its best, it does require some maintenance. While this is straightforward and not time-consuming, we recognize that our customers lead busy lives and may benefit from assistance to keep their furniture in great shape.
That’s where we come in. After a hiatus during COVID, The Joinery is restarting our annual Furniture Service Plan for your Joinery pieces within the Portland, OR city limits,* performed in your home by the same expert team that originally finished your furniture. As part of the annual service, our team will perform the following:

  • Inspection and surface cleaning
  • Hand-sanding where necessary using 600-grit sandpaper
  • Spot repairing any dry spots or other inconsistencies in finish
  • Repairing surface pen marks, coffee, wine, and watermarks with wet sanding process
  • Conditioning the surface with hand-applied Feed-N-Wax
  • Inspection of any moveable parts and possible tune up (e.g. drawers, hinges, table extension hardware)
  • Leveling cases that do not require removal of contents

Annual Fees for Service:

  • 1-2 pieces – $250
  • 3-4 pieces – $300
  • 5 -8 pieces – $350
  • 9 or more - Call for quote

While repairs beyond minor surface scratches or dents are not covered, we offer a 15% discount on services beyond the scope listed above as part of the annual Furniture Service Plan. To sign up for the plan visit one of our showrooms or call us at 503.788.8547.
Subscribers will be invoiced annually on the month of original enrollment, and the renewal can be canceled at any time. 

*For our customers outside the Portland city l imites, if you would like additional recommendations on how to maintain your furniture click here. If you are just outside the Portland city limits and would like to get a quote on service please conctact us here

Join us for an Artist Reception Friday, November 11th, 5-8PM at our Downtown Portland Showroom, featuring light appetizers and wine tasting with Lolati Wines.  
RSVP here.

Artist Reception at The Joinery in Portland


About the artist: Jennifer Foran is an artist living in Portland, Oregon.  Her art reflects her love of nature, and she draws her inspiration from the nature that surrounds her. A large body of her work is inspired by views of Mt. Tabor Park in Portland, which she visits regularly for new ideas. She credits her son, Liam, and daughter, Lydia, for her Change of Seasons Series. The time spent with her son and daughter has made her slow down, play more, go for walks and be outside more often.  Jennifer worked full time as an Elementary Art Specialist in Ridgefield, Washington where she established an art program in 2005. During this time, Jennifer provided art education to over 1,000 students in grades K-6. This experience gave her the opportunity to be inspired by young artists who intuitively expressed their creativity without hesitation or fear of mistakes.

When people view her pieces, she wants them to discover the cycles within nature; the soft-spoken reminder that everything is connected; a balance of give and take.

Jennifer Foran Artist Reception

Featuring Pacific Northwest artists
The Joinery is proud to sell the works of local fine artists at both of our showrooms. Every two months we feature new work by a Pacific Northwest artist. With each new show there is something beautiful and fresh to see. 
We host an opening reception for the artist at our Downtown Portland location at the beginning of each show that is free and open to all. Join us for an evening of wine and appetizers, meet the artist, and receive special pricing on their work. At the end of each run, the show moves to our St. Johns showroom for an additional two months. If you can’t make the reception, please contact us here to set up an appointment to visit during our showroom hours. For more information about the art and featured shows contact our curator, Jeffrey Howard, at HOWARD-ART.com

We are so thankful to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. As part of our celebration, we are continuing to feature members of our team and unique aspects of our process throughout the year. 

A critical aspect of creating custom furniture is ensuring that it has been engineered correctly. It is important that each piece is carefully considered in the design process to both provide the customer’s desired look, and to hold up to our lifetime warranty. That’s where our Design Engineer comes in. Marlin recently moved into this role after being a Craftsperson on our Case Team for many years. 

Meet Marlin

Marlin joined us in 2016 as a Shop Apprentice and grew to be a talented Craftsperson on our Case Team, building many custom case projects. Marlin’s curious mind was constantly thinking of ways to make the process better and improve information flow. In addition to building beautiful furniture, Marlin expanded into a design support role over the last couple of years. Seeing the benefits this provided to our team, we realized that he was ideally suited for an expanded role as Design Engineer.

Marlin3

A big part of his day is to create CAD drawings to help our salespeople work with customers on their custom pieces. “This can vary from making a table slightly longer to a creating a completely custom piece,” Marlin says. “This process helps the customer get exactly what they want. I then create more detailed drawings and cut lists for builders to build those pieces."

“The part I enjoy most about my job is the problem solving that comes up with new designs and working with others to find solutions,” Marlin continues. “This often includes balancing aesthetics, functionality, the cost and efficiency of the building processes, the machine capabilities of our shop, and the limitations of the materials we work with. It’s a challenge to come up with a perfect answer, but we try our best to consider all these things when making decisions.”

Marlin also leads the efforts in updating product standards. As you might imagine with a 40-year old company, some of our product designs have been around for quite some time, while others are new. He reviews the details of all product lines to make sure they are consistent, and that older items are updated to meet our current design standards.

Marlin

After all his years in the shop, Marlin notes, “I think people would be surprised to know how much effort we put into our lumber selection. We have very high standards, so builders will spend a considerable amount of time looking for the right boards. Matching color and grain, avoiding knots and defects, and taking into consideration sap lines and continuous grain across different parts of a furniture piece can be very difficult. At times builders have to look though every board we have on hand to find the right combination for a piece.”


Thanks Marlin for your thoughtful approach, detailed eye and significant contributions to The Joinery over the years!

Art show: Mark Dunst

Join us for an Artist Reception Friday, October 7th, 5-8PM at our downtown showroom
Featuring light appetizers and wine tasting with Lolati Wines.  

RSVP here.

About the artist: Mark intentionally tries to get lost in his work, which fills him with equal measures of frustration and aspiration. It’s not the kind of “lost” where time seems to fall away – although that's important – but rather being lost where the way forward is veiled in uncertainty. In reference to his work, Mark says "we are all like each of these marks, wavering between awkward and elegant, working hard to find our place in the melody."

Featuring Pacific Northwest artists

The Joinery is proud to sell the works of local fine artists at both of our showrooms. Every two months we feature new work by a Pacific Northwest artist. With each new show there is something beautiful and fresh to see. 

We host an opening reception for the artist at our Downtown Portland location at the beginning of each show that is free and open to all. Join us for an evening of wine and appetizers, meet the artist, and get deals on their work. At the end of each run, the show moves to our St. Johns showroom for an additional two months. If you can’t make the reception, please contact us here to set up an appointment to visit during our showroom hours. For more information about the art and featured shows contact our curator, Jeffrey Howard, at HOWARD-ART.com

The Joinery custom Maud Credenza

Creating custom furniture designed and handcrafted to meet our customers specific needs is one of the things that sets The Joinery apart. Our sales and design team work with the customer to understand the key elements, and we create drawings to make sure the design and specifications meet customer needs. Then we turn it over to our craftspeople to make the piece come to life.

One recent custom piece was a Western Walnut Maud Credenza, built by Tenzin for a customer in Washington. The customer was looking for a beautiful yet elegant storage piece to fit a specific space in their living room. They loved the look of theMaud Credenza but needed additional storage and custom dimensions. As we worked thru the design, we created a custom drawing for approval. 

Maud Credenza

The customer was excited to hear that Tenzin would be building their piece, as they had seen Tenzin’s work featured on our Instagram page and loved the artistry Tenzin brings with his lumber selection and layout.

Custom Maud Credenza in process

When the piece was delivered to their home in Washington, the customer was excited to see it in their space. “It’s just an incredible piece and a wonderful addition to our house. The craftsmanship is amazing and the wood is unbelievable….. I love the design of the original Maud Credenza, but we are so happy with the modifications – it just works perfectly in our space.”

Custom Maud Credenza in Western Walnut

Customer's Custom Maud Credenza

We are grateful to the customer for sharing these photos and comments with our team. Customers often do this, which is exciting for our entire team to see. After all of the design work, communication back and forth, and the process of building the furniture as it moves through our Shop, it is rewarding to see the pieces “in the wild,” as one of our craftspeople puts it.

We now have a regular feature in our monthly company meetings called “Pieces in the Wild,” where we share photos that customers have provided and tell the story of individual pieces with our entire team.

Inside the drawer of a custom Maud credenza

To share your pictures of your Joinery furniture "in the wild" please email them here. 

One of the most important aspects of Joinery furniture is that it is customized to meet unique needs. Customers select several key attributes of their furniture, which we then build to order. One of our most experienced craftspeople, Tenzin, is able look at stacks of lumber and visualize a beautiful finished product.

Handcrafting Wood furniture with Tenzin

Tenzin has built many extraordinary – and oftentimes extremely customized – furniture pieces during his time at The Joinery, which is fitting for someone with an incredibly unique background. A Tibetan who was born and raised in the far northern Indian province of Ladakh, Tenzin began formal training as a carpenter there when he was 18, learning to build houses and furniture. He trained with a Tibetan master carpenter on traditional Tibetan furniture, which includes carving.

During this training, Tenzin traveled to remote areas in Northern India to build schools. Because of extremely cold weather in the region, the areas were only accessible for three months of the year. “A group of us who were bachelors were asked to go because the others were married and had children, so they could not leave for long periods of time,” Tenzin recounts.

The Joinery craftsperson: Tenzin

“We would build a school in one village, then quickly move to another village in the same region to build a school there before the weather turned.” Tenzin said. “We had to complete the buildings and return home before the roads became impassable.”

In 2000, Tenzin moved to the US and began working at The Joinery before taking a break to return to India in 2008. He returned to Portland in 2011 and has been with us ever since. Tenzin is also unique in that he has built products in all four product categories at The Joinery, always with great skill and precision. He is currently on our Case Team, but has also been a key contributor on our Seating, Table and Bed Teams over the years.

“I really enjoy the creative process involved,” he says. “In this era, it is rare to find woodworking businesses that make high end hardwood furniture and where builders can select the lumber and complete the project from beginning to end.” It is this creative process where Tenzin's skill and artistry really shows thru. Before any production begins, he is able to envision the finished piece and is able to select the boards that best showcase the design of the piece. With more customized designs, Tenzin draws upon his rich background and experience to build furniture to meet very distinctive customer needs. To see an example of his artistry on a recent build of a Custom Maud credenza click here

Through the years Tenzin’s favorite aspect of working at The Joinery are the people he works with. With a cumulative 19 years at The Joinery, he has had the pleasure of working with countless talented craftspeople over nearly half of our 40-year history. When reflecting on his time here, Tenzin believes people would be most surprised if they knew more about the make-up of our team. “Our builders come from diverse walks of life and training,” he notes. “Some of us are trained carpenters, while others have advanced degrees in fine arts, engineering, design, and architecture. A finished piece may include the input of several team members, drawing upon those different backgrounds.”

The Joinery team member: Tenzin

Tenzin is the consummate teammate that all of us at The Joinery appreciate and admire. He offers great insight into our furniture products and shop processes while exuding a calm, peaceful presence and kind heart that we all enjoy being around – as well as an infectious laugh that makes everyone smile.

Thank you Tenzin for your great contributions to our team and customers!

We are excited to once again offer our Joinery Oil for sale through our new partnership with Heritage Natural Finishes, an Oregon based woman-owned company. Like many businesses over the last couple of years, we have worked through numerous supply chain challenges that limited our ability to offer our oil for sale. Our newest blend is easy to apply and includes a mixture of beeswax and tung, linseeed, and orange oils. It is available for sale in 4 oz, Quart or Gallon sizes online here or in our showrooms. Contact us  here for information on in-store pricing.

The Joinery furniture oil finish

Celebrating 40 years of handcrafted Furniture 

We are so thankful to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. As part of our celebration, we are continuing to feature members of our team and unique aspects of our process throughout the year. 

Blending art and science to build Joinery furniture 

Building furniture at The Joinery requires great skill and a blend of art and science. No one brings in the science element as much as Brian, our Lead Seating Craftsperson as well as our on-the-floor engineer. Outside of his role of leading our Seating Team, Brian champions efforts to improve our shop processes to make life easier for all of our Craftspeople.   

Celebrating our 40 years of handcrafted furniture

“My specialty at the Joinery (besides building dining chairs) is designing and building jigs that help speed production, reduce errors, and get more consistent results with less effort,” Brian says. “Designing a jig can require some creativity to imagine the different ways available to do an operation on a piece – and occasionally to come up with an entirely novel approach. It requires knowing all the features of a furniture piece and determining the best order of operations. Jig design also entails understanding the accuracy required in the feature, making the jig easy to use, knowing where adjustment is needed, how long it needs to last, making it safe and ergonomic to use, making it error-proof, etc.” 

Brian epitomizes our company values of “Details matter” and “We do this together.” His thoughtful, methodical approach are perfect for his role, as are his team-first attitude and sincere desire to share knowledge to help others. 

Brian milling for a Ceilo Hall Tree

“I enjoy the challenge of figuring out how to build our furniture better, faster, and with less effort,” he says. “I also take pleasure in knowing the pieces I build will be cherished in someone's home. I also really appreciate the teamwork with my fellow builders, that we share our knowledge and help each other improve.” 

As well as being our resident process improvement guru, Brian’s curious mind makes him one of the people you’d most like to have a dinner conversation with. “Intellectually, I like learning and thinking about all things human: how our minds work, role of spirituality & religion, how we know what we know, how evolution has shaped us, the nature of money, how to arrange our family/social relationships, the hazards of social media, the best uses of the free market, and the utility of marriage” – just to name a few. 

Outside of work Brian appreciates meeting new people and spending time with his nephews (and watching them grow!). He also really enjoys physical activity, including riding his BMX flatland bike and contact improv dance. (What exactly is “contact improv dance,” you ask? This is another subject on which Brian can wax poetic.) 

We are grateful for Brian’s contributions to our team. Not only will the furniture he has built live on in customer homes for decades, but so will the jigs and other process improvements he has made in our shop. 

We are so thankful to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. Thanks to our dedicated team and wonderful community of customers and partners, The Joinery continues to create handcrafted furniture that is here for good. As part of our celebration, we are featuring members of our team and unique aspects of our process throughout the year.

Celebrating Bruce's 20 years at The Joinery as a finisher

A lot has changed over The Joinery’s 40-year history, but for the last two decades one thing has remained the same: Bruce. Our longest tenured employee, Bruce joined us in 2002 as a Finisher and has been with us ever since.

Bruce contributes to the Finish team in many ways. He has mastered the nuance of finishing Joinery furniture to its silky-smooth final state. He plays an important role in training new members of the team. He builds small parts and crates. And if customers ever find that a piece of their furniture needs to be spruced up a bit? They just bring it back to us and Bruce takes it from there. After all, he didn’t get his nickname “Sprucey” by accident.

Bruce celebrating 20 years at The Joinery

Although he’s seen it all during his time with The Joinery, Bruce appreciates the continuous challenges. “The days are never the same,” he says. “After twenty years in the Finish department, I find that there is a new challenge every day that keeps you engaged.”

Bruce, a finisher at The Joinery celebrates 20 year anniversary

Bruce continues, “It’s great to come to work at a place where people care about the furniture they build. The Finish department takes great pride in making sure the furniture we send out the door is the highest quality.”

Besides being our longest-tenured employee, Bruce is just an all-around great guy. He is a fan of seafood as well as good wine. And when he's not watchign the Blazers or Seahawks play, he's probably out, fishing, clamming or crabbing.

Thanks Bruce for your contributions for half of our 40 years!

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