We are a family of creators – close knit and a little crazy – handcrafting goods at our workshop in Portland, Oregon. We make beautiful products from quality materials because we believe each one 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.
Mustafa is our accountant who tolerates our overhead paper planes with deep breaths and a smile on his face. He’s a supporter of Portland’s soccer and basketball teams, the Timbers and the Trailblazers, as well as our local efforts to make Portland a sustainable city. He also prioritizes being a loving son, brother, and husband, despite his family’s insistence that they traded a couple household items for him when he was a baby.
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.
Misbah is a quiet and refined man of leisure. When not strolling the esplanades in his blue suede boots, you might find him in front of his video game console, seated in stylish repose, clicking away with a dignified and masterful skill. A self-professed video game aficionado, he’s fast to bring his quick-fingered suavity to the production workshop floor. Beyond his leisurely pursuits, Misbah has a great fondness for family, friends and an occasional spin around the cricket wicket. Misbah is also hard at work on not having an alter ego. At least that’s what his alter ego would like us to think.
Ashley is an old soul. If she had her druthers, she’d have been born between the years of 1950 and 1958. Being unable to get her hands on a functioning flux capacitor, she makes do with the sweet harmonics of The Beatles and Crosby, Stills and Nash. While not manufacturing office projectiles and providing the most excellent customer service this side of the Mississippi, you’ll find Ashley hard at work perfecting her mind reading capabilities while dreaming of sipping vodka tonics in the shade of an Italian olive grove.
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.
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.
Victor, aka Victor Sweet, aka Victor Strong is not only one of our awesome production team members but he’s also one of our most powerful Grovemaders. Victor’s secret for superhuman strength? A steady diet of hip-hop, rap, R&B and heaping scoops of white hot magma. When through with his morning routine of deadlifting small cars and tiny houses, you’ll find him fishing the banks of the Columbia River, where he reels in trolley-sized carps with his steely bare hands and a visage of extreme aplomb. When not performing unmatchable feats of strength, you’ll find this dynamo enjoying the many tasty tidbits found far and wide in our fair city.
Ben is a fellow of numerous talents. Here at Grovemade, he's our manufacturing engineer, meaning he commands our machinery to do as he wills! He also fixes them when they break and puts them on timeout when they disobey the rules. A dedicated father of two radical daughters, Ben also loves taking them to the backcountry for adventurous excursions. When the perfect river or stream is found, they bring in the fish with Ben's handmade rods and and flies. In his free time, Ben is also hard at work inventing a robot that will sing him his favorite lullabies as he prepares to dive into his daily afternoon nap. And beware of disturbing Ben when he's at rest - his prototype Lullaby Robot X-25 is also outfitted with lasers.
Edmund is a writer whose favorite hobby is making words into things and things into words for Grovemade. He’s also a member of the production team and a personal levitation consultant! When not conjuring up wordy ideas or refining his sanding techniques, he can be found floating idly above busy intersections and reciting the many volumes of random but highly worthwhile trivia he’s compiled over the years. Though he’s too shy to say it, he’d be pleased as punch if you took a looksy at his authorial pursuits here.
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.
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!
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.