January 2019

We are excited to be a part of this year's Portland Winter Light Festival with featured artist Anne F. Crumpacker with her work Enso - A Sense of Awareness.  We are featuring a selection of her illuminated sculptures at our SW Yamhill showroom thru May 12th, 2019. Come by to experience them first hand Monday thru Saturday 10 - 6 and Sunday 11 -5. We also have a few special events planned throughtout the duration of her show.

Join us for First Thursday during the PDXWLF at our downtown location at 922 SW Yamhill, February 7th, from 5:00 - 8:00 to enjoy light refreshments and appetizers.

* We will also be hosting a Meet the Artists event in early May. Details to come.

Anne F. Crumpacker Art

About the work:

Ensō - A Sense of Awareness

By Anne F. Crumpacker

Studio Assistant, Jimin Lee

Anne leans to the light and elevates interiors with crosscut bamboo luminaries. Each piece Anne creates is a microcosm and metaphor for life, the interconnection of all things. She strives to expose the inner beauty of bamboo and share her innermost thoughts with audiences. Patterns and rhythms emerge, revealing the interconnection of forces within nature, from microscopic life to wave movement. Interconnectedness is the source, the revelation, and the energy she seeks to express in all of her work.

Japanese aesthetics deeply influence this artist. She reflects on minimal design, the simplicity and clarity of expression, the close connection to nature through the bamboo, and the serenity and tranquility she experiences when working with her hands. It is her meditation and she is in the flow. This has become the core of her practice she simply cannot do without.

While handcrafted furniture is our passion, our team also likes to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. So this year we planned a group rafting trip which not only challenged us all, as our rafting experience was pretty limited, it also brought us a bit closer together.  Here are just a few photos from the exciting trip down the White Salmon River and over the Husum Falls. We had such a fun time and will be planning future rafting trips as a team. Thank you to Wet Planet Rafting and all our rafting guides.

The Joinery team rafting trip 2018

In any business, innovation is key to engaging employees and improving upon products and processes. To help bring these moments to light, we came up with our "J-Coins." We have about 50 of these circulating among our staff at any given time.

Innovation Coins

While this may not capture all the innovations that happen throughout the company, we have found it to be a nice way for us to all get involved and share in each other’s innovative moments.

Here is how it works:

When you observe an innovation from another team member, you give them a J-Coin. The goal is not to see how many you can collect.  Rather, it is for the recipient of the J-Coin to recognize an innovation from a teammate as quickly as possible.  At the end of every month we recognize innovations at our company meeting, and at the end of the year the employee with the most innovations wins Innovator Award.

This program (along with the idea and design of the J-Coins) was the idea of Taryn, our Furniture Designer.  And our inaugural coin was given to Tenzin, pictured below, for devising a new clamp pad.

Tenzin receives innagural Innovation Coin

Although we have a catalog full of beautiful standard designs, our customers still often approach us to create custom work. These unique projects are a challenge for our designer, builders and sales team to design and build, but they are most rewarding when they are able to be a part of a family for generations to come. This custom clock display cabinet was definitely one of those pieces, designed to house three large clocks made by the customer’s grandfather.

These were no ordinary clocks. They are beautiful – even award-winning – wooden works of art.  Below is a documentation of the original images we received and the process of building this one-of-a-kind piece. Tim's work on this case was extraordinary, and he managed to create a stunning piece that also highlighted the incredible craftsmanship of the clocks.

Handcrafted Wood Cabinet in Oregon