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Dear Joinery community,

On Friday 3/20, I made the difficult decision to close our operations temporarily as we deal with the coronavirus outbreak. This followed on the heels of the closure of our showrooms and layoffs in our sales team early last week. With events rapidly evolving, I watched with increasing concern about the highly contagious nature of the virus and the potential it has to overwhelm our healthcare system here as it has in other parts of the country and the world. Given this, I simply could not ask our team to continue to report to work, even with the increased safety measures that we have implemented. It puts our employees, their families, and the broader community at too great a risk.

This was a heart-wrenching decision for me. Along with the showroom closure and sales team layoffs, the shutdown of our Shop and office mean that over 80% of our team are no longer with us, at least for now. While ceasing operations reduces the risk of transmission, it places a tremendous financial toll on our employees now when they need financial security more than ever. My hope is that this measure will be helpful as part of a wider sacrifice we are all making to control the spread of this deadly virus. And that as a result, the danger will pass and we will be able to bring our team back more quickly.

We are operating with a small team during this transition and will do our best to communicate and respond to questions. I ask for your understanding and forgiveness if that response — or your furniture order — is delayed. For those of you who have orders in process with us, your forgiveness of the delays resulting from our shutdown are a critical part of us getting our team of skilled craftspeople back to work and restoring their livelihoods as soon as it is safe. 

We will be communicating regularly along the way to keep you informed of our progress.

With gratitude,

Jon Blumenauer
Owner

Every year we enjoy getting to refresh our website with new photography of our furniture designs styled in different spaces. This year we are excited to be able to use our new showroom for the shoot. Working with local photographer, Jon Jensen, The Joinery team was able to create a few bedrooms and dining room vignettes using classic Joinery designs alongside some new designs. These settings came together with wonderful bedding from French Quarter Linens, carpets from Tufenkian, and beautiful artwork by Monika Kralicek.  

Whitman bedroom vignette

Featuring the Whitman Bed, Whitman Nighstand, Sebastian Tall Bookcase, Clyde Chair Lounge Chair and Live-Edge Entry Table.

Whitman Extension Dining Table Vignette

Featuring the Whitman Extension Dining Table, Whitman Bench, Whitman Dining Chairs, and Whitman Sideboard.

Maud Bed vignette

Featuring the Maud Bed, Maud Nighstands, Maud Desk, and Klamath Chair.

Shaker Dining Room by The Joinery

Featuring the Shaker Extension Dining Table, Kenton Dining Chairs, and Whitman Curio

In 2016 we created the Maud Desk as a simple design that allows the joinery details to be at the forefront, but with a softened feel. Those same design details were carried over in our Maud Credenza launched earlier this year.

Now we are excited to introduce the Maud bed and Maud nightstand to this family of products. The Maud bed has clean classic lines, softened with a round over detail on the headboard rail, legs, and side rails.

The Maud nightstand also features these details along with a thru wedged tenon on the top. To pair with the nightstand we have launched a new Maud Knob that is available in oil rubbed bronze, brass, and brushed nickel finishes.

Introducing the Maud bed and nighstand

The Maud bed and nighstand shown here in Eastern Walnut with a Corbett 4-Drawer dresser

This bedroom pairing is our second group of products to come through our Customer Influenced Design process, in which we include a small focus group of customers. With their feedback during the sketching and prototyping stages, we are able to fine tune our new designs to reflect not only our own brand, but also feedback from our Joinery family of customers.For pricing, dimensions and additional details for the Maud bed click here and the Maud nightstand click here

We are excited to have completed our move to St. Johns, beginning the next chapter in The Joinery story. Please come visit us Monday thru Saturday 10 – 6 or Sunday 11 – 5. With twice as much manufacturing space, our team of craftspeople have been busy making it their home. 

The Joinery woodshop and showroom is open in St. Johns

Our new showroom and woodshop in St. Johns. Click here to see the journey to get here.  

When we heard that the local Woodstock Elementary School, located just a few blocks away from our woodshop, was renovating its staff lounge, we thought it presented a great way to say goodbye to the community that we have called home for the last 22 years. The school staff was looking to create a comfortable gathering space with natural decor to allow temporary respites during their hectic school days.

Spearheaded by our lead table builder Michael (who is also a parent at the Woodstock Elementary School and PTA member) we decided on a more traditional design that would speak to the history of the school, yet be functional and easy to care for. 

With a generous donation of FSC Certified Cherry by Collins, one of our fantastic lumber suppliers, our team used paid Volunteer hours to create these tables and deliver them before the new school year started. Below are some photos of the table delivery. Included in the photo is the school principal, key staff in charge of the remodel, and Michael, the lead builder in this project. 

Donated table to Woodstock Elementary

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.

Furniture Service Plan

That’s where we come in. The Joinery now offers an annual Furniture Service Plan for your Joinery pieces in the Portland, OR city limits, performed in your home by the same expert team that originally finished your furniture. As part of the service, our team will perform the following once per year:

  • 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

With the end of our lease at our Woodstock facility on the horizon, we began the search for a new manufacturing facility over a year ago. The biggest need was to find a space that would allow us to grow and improve our manufacturing operation. But we also wanted to maintain the characteristics that made our current location so special. We loved being part of a vibrant Portland neighborhood and all that entailed. 

It was also important to consider the input from our team, and to that end our entire company got together to create a wish list for the new space. Meeting that list was a tall order, and we are ecstatic to be moving into a new building that checks all the major boxes – a much larger manufacturing space that gives us room to grow, includes a furniture showroom that allows customers a peek into our manufacturing process, and is located in a great Portland neighborhood with all the amenities (including the “walkable beer” wish, which we will have thanks to Occidental Brewing).

We are sad to be saying goodbye to the Woodstock neighborhood that we have called home for the last 22 years. We are grateful for the support from the community, which has played a huge role in our success over that time. The expressions of support, especially over the past couple months, have been humbling and we are deeply appreciative. If it would have been possible to stay at Woodstock, we certainly would have done so. Stay tuned for plans to honor and thank the community, which we will share soon.

Although we are sad to leave Woodstock, we are excited to be moving to St. Johns – another great destination neighborhood that includes the iconic St. Johns bridge, Cathedral Park, and great shops and restaurants. And it has the added benefit of being closer and more convenient from our Downtown Portland showroom, just a short drive down Highway 30 and over the St. Johns bridge.

Our lease at Woodstock runs through October, and we will remain through that time.  Stay tuned for more details on the transition, including welcome and farewell gatherings.   

Team trip to St. Johns

Our team on a visit to the St. Johns facility.

Our typical manufacturing process is to determine the furniture piece we need, then find the perfect material to build it. But occasionally it works in reverse – we come across lumber so distinctive and beautiful that we design a piece to build using it. So was the case with Spalted Maple Live Edge Dining Table.

Back in January we saw Goby’s Instagram post of these incredible Spalted Maple live edge slabs. We thought the best way to highlight the rich beauty and character of the Spalted Maple was a live edge dining table with a black solid steel base from Ingot Furnishings.

Working with Spalted material is challenging as the properties of the material are quite different from our standard wood species. Throughout the process, Levi, one of our skilled Table builders, did an amazing job of determining the material layout and placement of the Wenge butterflies.

Once finished, the warmth of the Oregon Maple showed through and we decided to pair this piece with our new Kenton dining chair (soon to be online) in Cherry. See photos of our process to create this one-of-a-kind piece, including the original photo from Goby Walnut. To see it in person please stop our SE Woodstock showroom before it finds it forever home. 

 

Spalted Maple Live=Edge Table

Spalted Maple dining table 

Spalted Maple Dining Table

Spalted Maple Dining Table

Detail of Spalted Maple table

Spalted Maple Dining Table

Detail of curly Spalted Maple Dining Table

We are excited to announce our initial partnership with Krownlab by featuring their KOR linear pulls and knobs on our furniture. Thoughtfully designed with attention on every detail, they are available in three different finishes and pair beautifully with our Modern case line. Stop by either of our showrooms to see them in person.

Krownlab Kor Pulls in Brass

Kor Pull in Brass on an Eastern Walnut dresser

Kor knob in black

Kor knob in black on Cherry nighstand

Designing pieces that are not only engineered to survive the test of time, but also to be relevant thru multiple generations is challenging when our homes, hobbies, and daily needs change with technology. So when we first decided to create the Maud credenza for record storage we wanted to ensure that this piece was versatile enough to function in multiple other ways.

Maud Credenza for LP Storage

To further enhance the design, we included a group of customers in the development process. Their incredible feedback helped us create a product that was aligned with their needs, as well as the Joinery brand. With their thoughtful feedback, first on our original concept designs and then a prototype, we are very happy with the collaborative final design for this piece.

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