We are a family of creators – close knit and a little crazy – handcrafting goods at our workshop in Portland, Oregon. We love what we do, and when work matters, it just keeps getting better. Our process is uncompromising, because we believe every product is a representation of who we are.
We believe our goods are meaningful because of the thoughtfulness of the people behind them.
Grovemade began with friendship and the spirit to create. We’re a small workshop of designers, craftsmen, and support staff who enjoy our work, function like a family, and always strive to do better. Caring about how we do things here makes us better at what we do. Our focus is to make a few things really well. We’ve found putting people first leads to the best products. And, frankly, it’s just more fun this way!
We value the cultivation of a fulfilling work environment and the happiness of our people, the heart behind what we produce. A small, passionate team can make incredible products.
Be Bold // Do Everything Better
Be Open // Work Stronger Together
Be Bright // Live Positively and be Nice
Grovemade was founded by friends Joe Mansfield and Ken Tomita in 2009. Their workshops were across the street from one another, and they would often toss a football in the street, brainstorming and trying to one-up each other’s design ideas. Joe worked in digital art and laser engraving, and Ken worked in furniture design and fabrication. These fields merged to create a company focused on art, design, craftsmanship, and natural materials.
At age 25, Yuji discovered that the animated series Adventure Time contains the truth about all things in life. Each morning, he wakes up and shouts into the void, “What’s going on? Have we seen into the future?” He’s a self-taught web programming wizard who makes Grovemade.com come to life. His hard work behind-the-scenes makes countless internet purchases possible everyday.
Sean is a man-bear hybrid who rules the woodshop with the ultimate weapon: love. His heart is so big he doesn’t have room for any other organs, and he’s got a PhD in Silliness. Alright, he does have a brain, but, it’s part of his heart -- it’s like a heart-brain. His heart-brain is SMART. This guy is a space camp graduate and a product design genius! (Check out some of his designs here.) He’s also got an amazing collection of embarrassing stories to make you cringe with joy.
Mike is a talented painter from New York who’s been splitting his time between Portland and Thailand for the past couple of years. He’s a treasured team member with equal talents in craftsmanship and communication. He can’t help but draw cats on everything, and he can’t help but fall in love with every cat he meets. Check out his beautiful paintings, drawings, and prints on his website!
Ken started the company with Joe in 2009 under the impression that eventually there’d be free pizza. Ken is a design nerd and furniture designer with a passion for photography and collecting weird things, like fruit stickers. He’s an active field trip enabler and enjoys bribing the team with Trailblazers tickets and empty promises that someday we’ll all get to see his expertly curated apartment. Check out some of his furniture designs here.
Mary is our resident copywriter at Grovemade. She makes good words for the communication things. Kicked off the East Coast when she told everyone to “take a chill pill,” she spends most of her time resisting urges to hug you. To catch a Mary, fill your trap with salted meats, good playlists, and opportunities for things to get weird. If you need someone to compose texts to your crush or ghostwrite in your dream journal, read about her writing services here.
Design is at the center of all we do here. Everything we do should be considered, effective, and beautiful. We take that commitment all the way through branding, packaging, website design, our workshop, methods, and so on. We regard great design as a requirement, and we uphold that value by staying involved every step of the way.
For the integrity of our products, we keep our manufacturing processes local. Our woodshop is always buzzing, sawdust falling like snow. We like to get our hands dirty and put our safety goggles to good use. Our high-tech machinery let’s us manipulate our materials precisely, and we creatively combine CNC milling, laser work, and UV direct printing to help us achieve premium quality.
Sometimes the best way is the hard way. After our machines make the rough cuts, each item is sanded and filed by hand to perfect every detail. Next, we apply a natural oil and wax blend to bring out the organic beauty of our materials. Our small team is proud to provide artisan-quality goods with the style and functionality to land them on prominent, “Best of” lists, year after year.