Find What Matters
We are a team of 20 who prioritize the search for what matters above all else. We love our jobs and our lives, and won't settle for anything less. Our work is an exploration to grow, reach, and push our boundaries to our fullest potential.
When it comes down to it, it’s more than just designing and making products. It’s about the people behind the process and all of you throughout the world who share the same values. We're on an adventure and hope you'll join us.
We believe our goods are meaningful because of the thoughtfulness of the people behind them.
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.
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.
Justin’s a laid back guy who enjoys the finer things in life: a Tom Collins, a clean haircut, and the finest of contemporary cinema (Young Guns II; Cool Runnings; The Mighty Ducks). With a voice reminiscent of radio men of yon, Justin’s soothing baritone brings an exuberant calm to the woodshop.
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.
Alex, aka Schwab, is a jack of all Groves kind of guy. Splitting his time between production manufacturing and the administrative side of things, Alex brings the full force of his Big Nerd powers to his quest of getting things done! When not nerding out in the shop, you can find Schwab backpacking throughout the wilderness of the Northwest. If you see him out there, be sure to ask him for his best-of list of sci-fi and fantasy novels!
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! He’s also got an amazing collection of embarrassing stories to make you cringe with joy.
Dixie’s an independent spirit chock full of the dignified class of the Midwest, though she’s laid claim to having been raised by a pack of gray wolves. A former theater geek who loved it too much to do it for real, you can find Dixie splitting her time between the customer experience side of things as well on the shores of production manufacturing. In all, Dixie’s a true DIY’er who loves to cook (gumbo is her go-to), sew, papier maché, and sing. She also hates to drive.
Tommy, production team member and CNC operator, lights up the entire Eastside with his winning and warm SoCal smile. An aficionado of turtles, gummy bears, and the Gonzo way of life, you can find him observing the passing world from the flinty guardrails of the Burnside Bridge.
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.
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 production and inventory analysis 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.
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.
Kevin, Grovemade industrial designer extraordinaire, is a man at the height of his particular imaginative talents. That is to say that he’s in his prime. Known to his friends as Magiva (majēva), he’s powered by avocados, senzu beans, and tins of sardines. Kevin’s an inquisitive guy who’s dedicated to learning and expanding his skillset. With an earthling-first attitude, he’s here to design as well as to improve his sleight of hand.
Christopher is our accountant extraordinaire. A recent transplant to Portland by way of The Last Frontier (Alaska, not space), Christopher and his family moved here expressly for the rain, and they’ve not yet gotten their fill. He’s a gaming enthusiast - Magic, Minecraft, Chess, to name a few - who holds only one game in ill regard, which will remain unnamed for the time being. A former bookstore denizen, he moseys the stacks of Portland’s bookstores and libraries when he needs to unwind.
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.
Grovemade was born from friendship and the spirit to create in 2009 by Joe Mansfield and Ken Tomita. As friends and neighbors, they had no other vision than to “make cool stuff and have fun doing it”. They never could have expected it turning into what it is today, with global reach and a crew of 20 fun-loving, hard-working trail blazers.
Over the last six years, we’ve been on a winding path to find our way. With no outside investors, our bootstrapped venture has had the freedom to become anything we want it to be. As self-started entrepreneurs with backgrounds in digital art and furniture making respectively, Joe and Ken founded the company in the spirit of DIY, and as our team has grown over the years, we’ve never lost that spirit. Rather than obsessing with growth, we pursue the greatest product possible. For us, that means taking control of the whole process, staying small, and revolutionizing how manufacturing can be done.
All Hands On Deck
Rather than the traditional separations between design, manufacturing, and administration, we blend all departments together. Our marketing, photography, writing, and customer service are all done mere feet away from our woodshop. We encourage dynamic roles where jobs intersect, collaborate, and evolve every day. The crappy manufacturing job doesn’t exist here; we all take part in making, and we all contribute in other ways, too.
There are traditionally two ends of the spectrum: Mass produced items are made in sprawling factories by anonymous workers creating efficiency through scale; Crafted products are produced in tiny quantities by skilled individuals with a small audience and limited technical capabilities. We’ve carved out a place for ourselves somewhere in the middle, shiping the highest quality, handmade products worldwide, directly from our hands to yours.
The world has changed dramatically in the last ten years. A company like ours can stay small and special, yet have a global reach, and, hopefully, an impact beyond our size. Physical goods can only do so much to make the world a better place. We like to think that our greatest contribution is through sharing our way, whether it’s through our products, our story, working with us, or even better, a personal visit.
We hope you find what matters, too.