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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Belt
The winding path that took us from 2015 to 2017 saw us start with a wild initial prototype, enter a long hibernation period filled with other projects, and come back, reinvigorated, for a second deep dive into the design process...
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MATERIAL FOCUS
Weighing In On Docks
We designed our docks to provide a home for your iPhone, one that is both functional and sculptural. The dock had to be easy to use, and that means one-handed functionality...
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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT
The Leather Apple Watch Band
The band is designed and crafted in our Portland, OR, workshop. No stitches. No visual clutter...
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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT
The Minimalist Belt
Two years ago we set out to design a belt in our signature aesthetic and material palette. We wanted to push towards total simplicity, an efficient marriage of form and function, while still creating a durable, genre pushing design...
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PODCAST
Podcast with Sean Kelly
Sean Kelly has been designing products at Grovemade since 2011. He’s worked on seminal projects ranging from the pocket knife to the catchall...
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MATERIAL FOCUS
Know Your Metals
All our key rings have the same design—circular body, integrated bottle opener, slot for attaching to belt loops or pockets—but the prices and materials are very different.
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Key Ring
What was the inspiration for our key ring? It all started with the desire to create a collection of products that go in your pocket.
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FRIENDS OF GROVEMADE
Collaborating With Tanner Goods
When we thought about collaborating with another brand for a contest to highlight our everyday carry collection, Tanner Goods was an obvious and immediate top pick.
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USERS GUIDE
Desktop Ergonomics
We firmly believe in crafting a space for your work. If you’re working at your desk all day, it should give rather than take...
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MUSHY STUFF
Happy Valentine's Day
Having a day to focus on loved ones is great. We should probably be appreciative of those around us every day, but that can be hard to do. Valentine’s day gives us the chance and the nudge to be grateful.
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Wood Watch 02
As with all of our designs, the Wood Watch 02 started with the people on our team, and took us on a challenging and rewarding journey.
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USERS GUIDE
What Kind Of Case Buyer Are You?
As with all of our designs, the Wood Watch 02 started with the people on our team, and took us on a challenging and rewarding journey.
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BEHIND THE SCENES
The Year In Review 2016
When taking stock of 2016, we couldn't believe how much took place since last January...
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Bifold Wallet
The Bi-fold Wallet took a longer journey to create than we could ever have imagined. Luckily for us, we enjoy the struggle just as much as the destination. This is that story.
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FRIENDS OF GROVEMADE
A Visit From Nomad Film Co.
A team of filmmakers from Southern California, Nomad sent us an email detailing their summer project. Like us, they were on the hunt for inspiration...
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Laptop Stand
The Grovemade Monitor Stand is one of our favorite and most popular products to date, but many of us here are laptop users. While we love the ergonomic and organizational benefits while using our iMacs, we wanted to extend those perks to the laptop...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Cleanliness
Grovemade is located in a former auto-shop in Southeast Portland, Oregon. Inside, bare bulbs hang from exposed rafters, and the poured cement floors are pocked and scratched after decades of use...
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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT
Wood Speaker Listening Party With Alex Nelson
What follows is a conversation between Alex and Jim in which they discuss acoustics, growing up audiophile, and how well our system handles three favorite (and demanding) tracks.
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USERS GUIDE
Reset The Desk
Grovemade CEO & Co-founder Ken Tomita really got into the spirit of things and decided to not only reset his desk but to build a new one entirely...
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USERS GUIDE
How To Make A Custom Desktop
Grovemade CEO & Co-founder Ken Tomita recently reset his home office space, making a simple but effective desktop to fit into a tight corner. Follow along with the instructions below...
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Minimalist Wallet
The Grovemade Minimalist Wallet, part of the Every Day Carry (EDC) collection, was designed for simplicity and ease of use...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Making The iPhone Case
While minimalist in scope and profile, our cases require numerous technical steps to take them from start to finish. Follow along for a step-by-step look at what goes into making each and every wood iPhone case...
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FRIENDS OF GROVEMADE
A Chat With Jordan Edmonds
If you’re looking to cast blame on that anonymous someone responsible for the ads that are constantly scrolling across and popping up and counting down on your screen, we’ve got your guy, and we actually think he’s pretty neat...
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Wood Speaker
We discussed everything from portable, wireless bluetooth-speakers to multi-speaker systems with subwoofers. Ultimately, we decided to make a timeless system that would avoid the digital bells and whistles of the consumer electronics arms race...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Making The Wood Speaker
Using thick slabs of either western walnut or eastern hard rock maple, each speaker is made of two halves that are first CNC machined on one side, then flipped and machined again to complete a rough version of the outer form...
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FRIENDS OF GROVEMADE
Artist Interview - Justin Maller
Justin Maller is a digital artist and artistic director, as well as a friend of Grovemade. We recently took a few minutes to chat about his creative process, his influences, and his lucky socks...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Why You Should Hire A High School Intern
Sean Kelly is the lead product designer at Grovemade, but he also makes time in his busy schedule to lead our student internship program. Below, he talks about why it's worth the extra energy...
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USERS GUIDE
Work Hard From Anywhere
We were inspired recently to think about the best ways you can work hard no matter where you are. Below are the top six things we found for being productive no matter where you lay your laptop...
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Catch-All
The catch-all was initially conceived as a kind of shelf. We found, though, that a single ledge was limited in functionality. We wanted something that was more practical, able to both showcase and store our everyday essentials while integrating seamlessly into the home...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Why We Don’t Make Cases for Android
“When will Grovemade make a wood case for my Android phone?” It’s a question we’re asked often, and it’s a good one. After all, Android devices are the most popular in the world...
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MONDAY CIRCLE
Waste & Solutions
Muda, one of the core lean manufacturing principles, is Japanese for waste which can manifest itself in many forms...
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FRIENDS OF GROVEMADE
Artist Interview - Reid Schlegel
Reid Schlegel is an industrial designer, an artist, a lecturer, and a friend of Grovemade. We recently took a few minutes to chat about his creative process, his influences, and his favorite pen...
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USERS GUIDE
Is “Made In The USA” a Marketing Gimmick?
Recently, there’s been some critical discussion in the media over the use of the “Made In The USA” angle for marketing. While it’s not our place to comment on the actions of other companies, we wanted to take a moment to discuss where we stand...
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Pocket Knife
As we began designing our pocket knife, we started by emptying our pockets of our own personal collection of cutters. We inspected every last detail, disassembling them to understand exactly how they worked.
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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT
The Grovemade Pocket Knife
Inspired by the classic Japanese Higonokami knife, the Grovemade Pocket Knife is held closed by friction, and held open by placing one’s thumb on the end of the tang. It’s a beautiful, elegant, and simple knife for the design conscious individual...
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CREATIVE MORNING
Creative Morning - May 2016
Once a week, our design team meets for 10 minutes to share the things currently inspiring us outside of work. It might be something about a book we're reading, or an extracurricular project, or an insight gleaned from a personal relationship...
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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT
The Wood Watch 01
The Grovemade Wood Watch, designed in collaboration with Stefan Andrén, is timekeeping evolved. Look at your smartphone less when you wear this revolutionary watch built from premium American hardwoods...
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DESIGN STORY
Long Is The Way - A Designer's Hard Road To Success
Oluwaseyi “Seyi” Sosanya is a native of Portland, Oregon, and one of the very first employees of Grovemade. He’s a designer and an engineer, an innovator and a creator...
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MONDAY CIRCLE
What Made You Happy At Work Last Week?
Every Monday at 10 o’clock sharp, our crew of 20 drops whatever they’re doing and circles up to share their thoughts on the topic of the week...
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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Day In The Life Of Edmund Sandoval
In the shop, my workmates are getting ready for our morning huddle, the time when we set our objectives for the day. By seven-thirty I’m at my seat in the assembly area with Misbah, my fellow assembly pal...
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DESIGN STORY
Designing The Desk Collection
The spark came in 2013, when Ken and Joe made a trip to San Francisco and toured the newly finished headquarters of lodging-service giant Airbnb...
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CREATIVE MORNING
Creative Morning - April 2016
Once a week, our design team meets for 10 minutes to share the things currently inspiring us outside of work. It might be something about a book we're reading, or an extracurricular project, or an insight gleaned from a personal relationship...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Don't Get Comfortable
Co-founder and CEO Ken Tomita explores our adventures in running a small business and the journey to understand the meaning of it all...
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MONDAY CIRCLE
What We're Into Right Now
Every Monday at 10 o’clock sharp, our crew of 20 drops whatever they’re doing and circles up to share their thoughts on the topic of the week...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
An Outsider's Take On Grovemade
We recently invited our friend Thomas McCracken to our workshop to talk to a few employees and give us his observations on the Grovemade company culture...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
How Our Prices Are Determined And Why They Change
Launching a new product is an exciting time here in our shop. It’s the moment where an idea transforms into an actual, physical object. One of the least exciting things about launching a new product, however, is getting the price right...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Fresh Space = Fresh Minds
We dramatically change our space on average every two months. It’s symbolic of our core value of being open. It forces us to be flexible and keeps us fresh...
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MONDAY CIRCLE
Our Biggest Vulnerability
Every Monday at 10 o’clock sharp, our crew of 20 drops whatever they’re doing and circles up to share their thoughts on the topic of the week...
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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Day In The Life Of Product Designer Sean Kelly
I toss my bag into the design area and begin my morning ritual of walking around the shop, wishing everyone good morning, and instigating our daily morning warmup by screaming “STRETCH!”
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BEHIND THE SCENES
Why We Apply Our Oil Finish by Hand
We finish all but one of our wood-based products by hand with a mix of plant-based oils and waxes. The process is simple, but time consuming...
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DESIGN STORY
Designing For The Tabletop
There may be no greater communal space in the home than the dining room. It’s where we gather to eat and converse; to drink and laugh. At its center is the table...
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BEHIND THE SCENES
The Origins Of Grovemade
As makers and small business owners, Ken and Joe shared a common bond. In their late twenties, they were just as happy to talk about potential projects as they were to finish current ones...
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Design Inspires What You Do
We at Grovemade believe the tools you immerse yourself in reflect who you are and the meaning behind your work.

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