During a visit to Portland, Oregon last month, I got a chance to tour the wood furniture showroom and workshop for The Joinery with marketing manager Cassandra Jackson. The Joinery began as a one-person furniture refurbishing and repair business in 1982 and now employs a team of craftspeople using a range of joinery techniques to create modern and traditional wood furniture designs for bedrooms, dining rooms, living rooms, and commercial spaces.
The Joinery works with a variety of US hardwood species, with a majority of their wood either locally sourced from Oregon and Washington, FSC-certified, or both. The company has been recognized for its environmental contributions, including recycling or resusing scrap lumber, trucks that run on biodiesel fuel, a facility run by solar and wind energy, and a dust collection system and briquette machine that compacts sawdust into wood briquettes that they donate to the community. Not to mention that they build their pieces to last and offer a lifetime warranty on residential furniture for the original owner of the piece. Here are some shots I took on a quiet Sunday afternoon of their workshop and showroom.
All images © Rita Catinella Orrell