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Tillamook, Oregon boasts an amazing wood structure built by the government during WWII- the hangar at Tillamook Air Museum. The building is on an absolutely massive scale- 7 acres big. The first was built in 8 months, the 2nd (which sadly burned in 1992) was built in an astounding 27 days. Building on this scale in such a short time frame must reach close to some kind of historic record!

We are so excited about our gorgeous new Celilo Sofa that arrived on the floor last week. What a difference upholstery choices can make to how a piece feels. We absolutely loved our last Celilo, upholstered in Robert Allen Lygeia Grace in Slate, which you can check out on our website here. But we thought it would be fun to try a different angle this time, and the result is stunning! While the former sofa had a much more formal and serene feel, this version just feels like a fun pop, and will make a fabulous, bold statement in a living room.

 

"The peculiar grace of a Shaker chair is due to the fact that it was built by someone capable of believing that an angel might come down and sit on it." - Thomas Merton

Shaker furniture has changed little since its inception in the late 1700's by a Christian denomination (the Shakers) that stressed beliefs of simplicity and efficiency. Trademarks of Shaker style furniture include spare design with straight lines, straightforward construction techniques and an understated beauty that reflects the modest values of the Shaker community.

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The Shakers were among the first in America to try mass production, and they were so successful at it that the Shaker name became synonymous with quality. Mortise and tenon joinery and dovetailing are a hallmark of the Shaker style. Contrary to common belief, the Shakers are not similar to Luddites, or the Amish, in that they embrace technology that increases efficiency, which saves them the time that belongs to God.

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You can't believe everything you read, but when the news seems like it is all bad, all the time...sometimes you take what you can get. Hearing news like that below gives one hope that each tiny step we make towards a greater goal really means something, and that each individual working to make a difference is, well, making a difference.

 

 

Here at The Joinery we get excited to work on custom pieces, and this spindle bed we just shipped to California was a great project. This project was developed in partnership with Ingrid Ballman, an interior designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, as a fully custom Queen size bed in FSC Certified Cherry. Below are some shots of the bed as it headed through assembly.

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Here in our Builder Profile section, we like to introduce to you one of our many talented craftsmen who work so hard to bring us such beautiful furniture. Below we have talked to Ariel, a builder who focuses on Joinery Occasional Tables, Morris Chairs, Hope Chests and Small Case Goods.

 

 

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We here in the showroom really love the Western Walnut, and so many of our customers do too. One of the finest aspects of this deep, dark species of wood is the fantastic grain patterning, and on paneled pieces the grain is really given a chance to stand out. Every once in awhile, we get a selection of lumber that just blows us away, and that is definitely the case with the panels on the back of this Yoshinaga Desk, currently on the floor. Just look at this amazing grain patterning (please excuse our computer cords)!

 

Ryan Lingard, a Portland architect (with Paul McKean Architecture), and friend of The Joinery, was featured in Sunset Magazine's August issue with his wife Mariah, and we are so inspired by their amazing 130 square foot  space. Simplicity, resourcefulness and calm energy reign supreme in their weekend cabin. Together Ryan and Mariah designed and built this off-the-grid structure on a steep slice of land overlooking the stunning Lake Wallowa, outside of  Joseph, Oregon. Many of the materials were sourced with minimizing footprint in mind, and all the work was done by the two of them, with some aid with the labor from friends and family. The road leading to their property is an unpaved fire road, and all their material needed to be brought up the steep property by human power. They are spending their time here with a  no electricity, a simple outdoor shower that collects rainwater, a wood stove for heat, and did it all for under $10,000. Theirs is an inspiring tale of willpower and conviction and sticking to your dreams...with style...on a budget!

 

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