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Sustainability updates from The Joinery

It has been a busy Spring on the sustainability front at The Joinery. We recently completed our fourth B-corp certification, moved up to #30 on Oregon Business Magazine’s “Best Green Workplaces” list, and achieved Gold certification on the City of Portland’s Sustainability at Work program.

The Joinery Sustainability updates

The Joinery has been a certified B Corp since 2010.  B Corps (the “B” is for “Benefit”) use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Certification involves a rigorous third-party assessment of company practices across five areas: Environment, Workers, Customers, Community, and Governance.

“B Corp certification is important to us for a couple of reasons,” said CEO Jon Blumenauer. “First, is gives us an objective third-party assessment to measure our progress against. And because the process is so thorough and rigorous, the certification signals to customers and other stakeholders that our efforts are credible and significant.”

Summer Tours at The Joinery

The Joinery is offering tours of our wood shop this summer. Come see how our master craftspeople build beautiful handcrafted furniture, from initial cutout to signing the completed piece. This is a great Portland experience for out of town guests, woodworking enthusiasts, or those just curious about our process.
 

The Joinery woodshop tours

 

 

Locations: The Joinery woodshop and showroom 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd. Portland, OR 97206

Tour Dates are:

Saturday, June 10th: 10:30 - 11:30

Saturday, July 8th: 10:30 - 11:30

Saturday, July 29th: 10:30 -11:30

 

To RSVP please call us at 503.788.8547 or email us here.

 

Meet Sebastian, our new End Table

The Sebastian End Table is a gorgeous yet functional piece that can add color or richness to a variety of living spaces.  It is characterized by a circular top and legs that are completely rounded over.  The legs are pinned to the top with end-grain dowels that provide a beautiful design detail.  Its compact size allows the Sebastian to be used in a variety of placements throughout the living room, home office or bedroom.

Sebastian End Table

We currently have pieces available in Madrone, Oregon White Oak, Cherry, and Eastern and Western Walnut.  The Sebastian can be seen at either our Woodstock or Yamhill showrooms, or online here.

Metamortise 2017 is here!

Our annual Metamortise contest is here, where we resurrect scraps of lumber from previous furniture builds and transform it into creative furniture and accessory designs.  Last year brought more than a dozen innovative and beautiful designs ranging from games, lighting, artwork and of course multiple furniture designs.  This year we are partnering with Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical High School students, who are also creating pieces out of leftover lumber that we have provided them.

 

Metamortise Bed

 

From 2.00-4.00 on Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day – we are hosting an event at The Joinery to see all the pieces and vote on for your favorites. To RSVP for the event click here. We will also hold a silent auction on the pieces submitted by the students, with all proceeds going back to the Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical High School.

By voting either online here or in our Woodstock showroom you can help crown the winning entries in this year’s contest, and be entered to win the piece of your choice. See photos of all the entries below.

Portland Design Week

Design Week Portland is a week-long, city-wide series of programs exploring the process, craft, and practice of design. The intent is to increase appreciation and awareness about design and its far-reaching effects on matters of cultural and social relevance, including community development, education systems, and the economy.

Together with Design Museum Portland, The Joinery will host a UNITE discussion event at our Yamhill showroom. The founders of Vitreluxe, Caravan Pacific, and Holly Mueller Home will discuss their inspiration for their designs along with their model of turning their craft into a business. Rick Turoczy, General Manager of PIE, will moderate this lively discussion and include audience participation.

RSVP here to join us! Drinks and appetizers from local partners will be served.

Thursday April 27

6:00-8:00

The Joinery

922 SW Yamhill

Design Museum Portland UNITE panel

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Forging a new partnership for metal bases

The Joinery is proud to now offer metal dining table bases from Ingot Furnishings, led by Portland designer and craftsman Todd McMurray. Ingot bases are bold and graceful forms crafted from solid steel and available exclusively through The Joinery in several standard designs and finishes. Below is our Live Edge Dining Table using the Talos base in Gold finish, which is currently on display at our Yamhill Showroom in downtown Portland.

Live Edge table with INGOT base

This incredible 43” x 100” top is from the first graduating class of the log purchasing program that we began with Goby Walnut in 2015. The log was milled to our specified thicknesses and cured for the last two summers before making it into our shop.

No kidding – The Joinery’s furniture is a perfect fit in the Goat Blocks Apartments

The Joinery is providing furniture to help stage the Goat Blocks Apartments on SE Belmont in Portland. Named for the herd of goats that occupied the previously vacant blocks in the heart of Portland’s vibrant Central Eastside, the blocks are being developed to include four different apartment buildings, each with its own design aesthetic, feel, and use of community space. The space also includes a variety of retail and restaurants, including Market of Choice and Kachka.

Goat Blocks Entry Way

We currently have pieces in the Ten10 building, which have Scandinavian-inspired finishes and a clean, simple design. With this aesthetic, the Modern Simple bed and Slipper Chair were naturals in the bedroom, as well as the Cantilever Desk in the open loft office space. On the open first floor plan, we have our Celilo Media Console, Milo Bar Cart and the ultimate in versatility, the Butcher Block Island.

There are three more buildings opening soon, each with a distinctive feel, but all with a great close-in location and access.

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Builder Feature: Mecheal

Woodworking has been in Mecheal’s blood for as long as he can remember. His father owned a furniture manufacturing facility and store in Damascus, Syria, and Mecheal first began helping out in the summers when he was about ten. He began working full time after his high school graduation.

The first piece he remembers completing all on his own was a custom bed. The furniture designs in Syria were much more ornate than we build, including a lot of texture and carving. Mecheal continually developed his skills and eventually took over the leadership of a building team. He worked in his father’s shop until he came to the US in 2008, and has worked at The Joinery since that time.

Featured Builder Mecheal

Mecheal loves the precision of the dovetail joint, and the rich beauty of Western Walnut, but is not wedded to a particular style or wood species. Instead he loves the variety of pieces that he works each month, and the challenge of the custom pieces that continually come his way.

Although Mecheal is accomplished at both Beds and Chairs, he is not one to spend time relaxing, at least while he is at work. At home has a small shop, and enjoys spending time with his family, which is about to get bigger with his wife pregnant with their second child.

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There is nothing common about this Clyde....

Creating solid wood lounge furniture is a great challenge. It requires a delicate balance between highlighting lumber and craftsmanship, while still providing alluring comfort that makes you want to sit – and not get up. Over the past several months our Design Team, led by Taryn and Tenzin, created the Clyde Sofa and Clyde Lounge Chair. These pieces are uniquely different from our other lines, but still provide the timeless beauty and exacting quality that holds up to our lifetime warranty.

Handcrafted Clyde Sofa in Eastern Walnut with Eco Wool Navy

Clyde sofa featured in Eastern Walnut with Eco-Wool Navy.

The design intent behind the Clyde line is to focus on the incredible richness and grain of our wood material while highlighting time-honored craftsmanship techniques. The large expanses of solid wood throughout allow the cleanest and most character-rich lumber to shine, and are miter wrapped around the sides and back for a clean finished appearance. In response to the crisp edges of the frame, we use cushions with more loft, softer edges and inviting texture. Deep seating makes Clyde perfect for long book sessions or cozy movie nights. Although naturally modern, Clyde can work its way into almost any style living room through thoughtful material selections.

Both pieces are available in any of our six standard wood species. The sofa and lounge chair are currently featured in Eastern Walnut at our Woodstock showroom, and in Cherry at our downtown Portland showroom.

For our love of Walnut

Goby Walnut is located just outside the Northwest Portland industrial district, and most of their lumber comes from within 100 miles of their shop.  Their material is sourced solely from hazard or salvaged trees – those that need to be cleared either because they present a hazard, or because the land is being converted to another use.  The source is predominantly from urban areas, and does not impact valuable forestland.

.Goby Walnut owners Art and Aaron

Ordinarily this material would be considered waste or sold for pulp. Goby instead upcycles it to higher value uses. We are happy to partner with a local company that provides us with fantastic material sourced from – sometimes literally – our own backyards. It allows us to build furniture that fulfills our lifetime warranty, ensuring that each tree has a second life that can rival the length of the first.