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Desks, desks, desks…having a desk of ones own is a special and often necessary ingredient in one’s life. Executive desks make a beautiful addition to a space when there is room, but what about small spaces? Or situations that require less storage? A secretary is such a elegant and classic solution to the need for a writing surface, and can be a fantastic way to hide technology for laptop users without taking up valuable space. We have had a series of secretaries make their way through the shop lately, some even with customized interiors that we were really impressed with.

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The Joinery's first set of How To videos have arrived.  Learn how to Fix a Dent in your Joinery furniture here:

 

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We are super pleased that an old favorite has been revised and revived from the archives of Joinery design, and has joined us once again on the showroom floor. The Alexandra Chair has been built time and time again for Joinery customers, and we decided to revisit the design of the piece and play with the proportions a little to make the chair even more suitable as a dining chair. Here is the chair as it comes through assembly:

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We are often asked about our wood sources, and one of our proudest answers is that we partner with the Portland based Collins Company for our FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified Cherry. A large percentage of our furniture is built  in Cherry, which is sustainably harvested from self-sustaining, managed forests in Pennsylvania. From the Collins Company website:

The 295,000 acres of Collins timberlands are biodiverse, multi-layered, canopied forests, not single-species tree farms. They are self-sustaining, containing more wood today than they did over a hundred years ago. They are home to bald eagles, black bears, wild turkeys, rubber boas, beavers, great blue heron rookeries and the endangered Goose Lake redband trout. They are enriched by meadows, springs, creeks, rivers, and lakes. They are naturally healthy forests—growing trees only from sunshine, water, and nutrients from fertile soil.

Below are some pieces built in our FSC Certified Cherry from the Collins Company, the Classic Mission Bed and the Dunning Style Kirsten's Dresser.

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'Tis the season! Of holiday parties, and cocoa, and pies, and traveling... and hostess gifts! We have some great small pieces that we make here at The Joinery that would be perfect to bring along as a thank you to your holiday hosts.

Here at the Joinery we are experiencing what we are casually referring to as "the Baby Boom". With 4 new arrivals from our guys in the shop and one in the showroom, we are on high alert for good stuff for baby. Our favorite small items make great gifts, like the sweet Wild Apples sets and soft all natural Bholu throws, but what about that bigger piece that will stay in the family forever?

A popular choice for new families are our heirloom rockers, which come in a couple of standard styles and can, of course, be customized as desired. Our current favorite on the floor right now is a Leon's Rocker in Western Walnut with a wood seat. It was built with a beautiful, rich set of boards that have a lots deep figure and pretty grain patterning.

Wild Apples is one of our very favorite lines of small items we carry in the showroom. Gunther Keil is the artisan behind this heirloom toy line, and he has been creating wooden toys for over 30 years. His pieces are made to reflect, as he says, "the fragility and exquisiteness of life". We can see that in his tiny animal figures and habitats, his arks and his Nativity scenes, but mostly we just think they are adorable!

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