ADX / Portland, ORADX / Portland, OR Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Wed, 01 Oct 2014 17:26:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Andrew Moe: Studio Moe Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:00:08 +0000 Creativity is a contagious thing. For Andrew Moe of Studio Moe, it is a way of life. Drawing inspiration from the clean lines of Scandinavian furniture, Andrew crafts furniture that will last not only your lifetime, but your grandchildren’s lifetimes as well.


Andrew founded Studio Moe in New York City in 2005, and in 2009 his Oslo line of furniture received acclaim at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. In 2012 Andrew moved to Portland, and met his future wife and Creative Business Director, Amanda Yamaki. Although Andrew and Amanda only lived a few blocks from each other in New York, they didn’t meet until they had individually moved to Portland.


Andrew decided to move his business to Portland because of the reputation the city has for fostering creativity and quality craftsmanship. Studio Moe occupied a large shop in New York City, but Andrew sold all of his tools and equipment before his move to Portland. He searched for a workspace when he arrived, and found everything he was looking for at ADX. Without the need to purchase the tools and equipment he needed to make furniture, Andrew was able to hit the ground running and Studio Moe was back in business.


The atmosphere at ADX has helped in ways Andrew couldn’t have foreseen. Once, when trying to find the most efficient way of engineering a particular part of a table, a fellow ADX member with decades of woodworking experience offered a suggestion that Andrew has continues to use to this day. The ability to learn from the experience of others cannot be understated. “[ADX] is a real community of people who are interested in sharing their knowledge and ideas,” Andrew says. “Creativity is a contagious thing.”


For more information on Studio Moe, click here and check out this video. For more information about how to become an ADX member click here. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our blog, newsletter, and YouTube channel.

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Keep a Breast Event and Fundraiser Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:46:42 +0000 keepabreast

Fontana Studios is proud to be curating the first ever Keep a Breast event and fundraiser in Portland, OR. Under the blessing and partnership of Shaney Jo Darden, founder and global CEO of this internationally renowned foundation, we have brought together 26 women who each represent the creative and pioneering spirit of Portland. Casts will be available for purchase, which supports the foundation, and donates to other preventative platforms.

Hosted at the famed ADX event space / workshop, we couldn’t imagine a better place that also reflects Portland’s ingenuity and originality.

We have partnered with Breakside Beer, Oregon’s fastest growing craft beer company to provide a special, limited release of pink beer for the event. In addition, we will be hosting raffles, giveaways, door prizes, music and much more for this event.

The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is the leading youth-focused, global, nonprofit breast cancer organization. Their mission is to eradicate breast cancer for future generations. They provide support programs for young people impacted by cancer and educate people about prevention, early detection, and cancer-causing toxins in our everyday environment.

Please join us for an evening of boobies, entertainment and positive interaction with KAB staff, local artists and female leaders of our Portland community!

October 18th / 6 – 9pm
417 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214


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October 3rd – Portland Made “State of the Collective” Member Party Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:31:45 +0000 MFGDAY14-Logo

Join us on National Manufacturing Day, October 3rd, 6-8pm for our first annual Portland Made “State of the Collective” member party at ADX.

Free beer from Burnside Brewing and lots of opportunities to network with fellow Portland Made members.

We will be presenting the results of the PSU Survey conducted in May that shows that our collective economic impact is a force to be reckoned with. We are ready to take things to the next level and would love for you to join us.

Become a Brand Ambassador and help us build our network of local makers, artisans and manufacturers.

Check out our latest features: Toast and OpenFabPDX

Not a member of Portland Made yet, join here, and be featured on our website and promoted through our social media. Members can also post news, events, job postings and more.


Mark your calendar on December 13th 12-9pm ADX is hosting our 3rd annual holiday extravaganza, Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace. With over 2000 customers and record sales, vendors tout Gifted as Portland’s most successful holiday marketplace. Sponsors include The Portland Outsider, Design Museum Portland and Burnside Brewing.

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Member of the Month: Scott Miyako Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:27:43 +0000 This time last year, Scott Miyako lived in Los Angeles as a custom cabinet maker, working in solitude in a 2000 square foot shop. A fan of maker videos, he came across an ADX promotional video, and decided that he would rather make things in a community than in isolation. Six months ago he packed his bags and moved to Portland, and on that day the Portland Razor Company was born.


Scott is a maker extraordinaire. In addition to his work on custom cabinets, he has made furniture, bicycles, and knives. Three years ago he got his first straight razor, but was dismayed that the only straight razors available were either imported from other countries or were prohibitively expensive custom pieces. Scott Miyako is changing that. “It’s time,” Scott says, “to make some razors that people can actually afford and that are made in America and handmade, just like they used to be.”


The ADX community has been a vital part of the success of the Portland Razor Company. “ADX has helped build the business in every way,” Scott says, “Without it there would be no way to show up to a city with absolutely nothing and immediately have a working shop.” Working in a community also allows for a tremendous amount of exposure. People who may never have even considered purchasing a straight razor have seen Scott in the shop, and his infectious excitement for straight razor shaving spreads to everyone he meets.


For more information on Scott and the Portland Razor Company, visit and follow @portlandrazorco on Twitter. For more information about how to become an ADX member visit Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our blog, newsletter, and YouTube channel.

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Introducing Trent Still – Design and Fabrication Director Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:34:58 +0000 Trent Still doesn’t just work outside of the box. He prefers to live outside of it entirely. Before coming to ADX Trent lived in the Bay Area, but became increasingly disillusioned with the tech heavy atmosphere and clichéd mode of living. ADX had been on his radar, and when the position of Design and Fabrication Director became available he applied. Upon hearing that he had got the job, he packed his car and started the drive to his new life in Portland.

Trent is a renaissance man. When he wasn’t kicking Joe Montana out of a bar, Trent was an internationally recognized furniture designer, and his photography and sculpture have been exhibited around the world. “I like to think while living in the physically built environment, I’m constructing a new environment in my head,” Trent says about his daily routine and creative process. “It’s full of interactive things, buildings that grow with usage, living objects that shelter. Then I get to work and I get to tackle more realistic problems.”

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Going forward, Trent plans to leverage the ingenuity and knowledge of his team to make the ADX Fabrication and Design department a heavy hitter in the design and manufacturing industries. With this combination of can-do and know-how, Trent and his team “can help either the individual, or a company realize a product they have in mind.” ADX and the Design and Fabrication team have made a special investment in the local brewing industry, including our partners at Burnside Brewing Company, as well as Buoy Beer Company in Astoria and pFriem Family Brewers in Hood River. Visit our YouTube page to check out the amazing tap handles the Design and Fabrication team made for Buoy Beer Company.


If you have a product you would like to see developed, contact the Fabrication and Design team at or by visiting our Design and Fabrication page, and follow ADX on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @ADXPortland

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Make It! FUNd Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:45:07 +0000 ADX_Kids1

ADX and Portland Made have teamed up with The Equity Foundation to create the Make it! FUNd, a scholarship fund that provides Portland’s youth access to ADX classes and workforce training program. Students learn new skills that provide them economic opportunities in the design and manufacturing sectors. All donations to the fund are tax deductible.

“ADX is excited to join forces with The Equity Foundation to provide more opportunities for students from around the region to get the skills that they need to access economic opportunities as soon as possible. We are taking our youth off of the pathway to poverty and prison and guiding them through a pathway to prosperity. ADX has the ability to provide students with the skills they need, right away, to be immediately employable. The need is vast, the call is urgent and the time is now, ” said Kelley Roy, owner and director at ADX.


ADX workforce training programs offer several options for individuals and student groups looking to enhance their curriculum with a practical, hands-on experience. Students will learn shop safety, team work, and creative problem solving while getting hands on training on fabrication projects using a variety of tools and materials. From digital design and electronics to fabrication and manufacturing, students learn the skills they need to get a family wage job at any point in their schooling.

“We are honored to support ADX in the creation of this scholarship fund,” said Equity Foundation’s executive director Karol Collymore. “So many children in our community are excluded from opportunities because of who they are or where they come from. ADX is working to make sure all kids have access points to success.”
Scholarships are awarded through an application process that is reviewed by a volunteer selection committee at The Equity Foundation. More information about applying to the fund can be found here:


Individuals, companies and foundations can contribute to the fund in two ways:

Online: Donate Through Equity Fund.
Choose the ADX Make It! FUNd from the drop down list.

Snail Mail: Send a check payable to the ADX Make It! FUNd c/o The Equity Foundation
PO Box 5696, Portland, Oregon 97228. All donations are tax deductible.

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Announcing the ADX and Burnside Brewing Company Partnership Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:57:15 +0000 ADX is proud to announce our partnership with the Burnside Brewing Company. ADX and Burnside Brewing Company share a dedication to the Portland community, which is part of what drew the two companies together. In the three and a half years that Burnside Brewing has been in business their mission has been to create a place that satisfies equally the desire for good food and for good drink. While they focus primarily on the Portland market, their brews can be found as far south as Medford and as far north as Seattle.


Burnside Brewing’s menu may be constantly evolving, but one thing remains constant – their desire to craft their upscale food using the best locally sourced ingredients. Going forward, the goal is to craft dishes that best complement specific beers the brewery offers.


As part of their efforts to engage with the Portland community, Burnside Brewing has developed relationships with local artists and musicians, giving them a showcase for their work. Burnside Brewing worked with the Burnside Skate Park and local artists to design the label for their Project Ale, with proceeds going towards the maintenance of the skate park.


In an effort to foster their relationship with ADX and its members, Burnside Brewing Company has chosen to offer ADX members a 15% discount on their bill when they present their Portland Made branded Supportland card. Burnside Brewing is located at 701 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214. Visit for the current food and beer offerings and follow @BurnsideBrewco

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APPLY NOW FOR GIFTED 2014! Fri, 05 Sep 2014 20:42:23 +0000 Calling all local goods makers!

On December 13th, ADX will return with Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace, and we are currently accepting applications for vendors. With 50 well-curated vendors representing the best that Portland has to offer and thousands of local shoppers, Gifted is the season’s most exciting holiday gift bazaar.

From apparel to home goods, food and drink to physical technology, we are looking for makers and designers of all kinds to sell their locally-made products at Gifted.

The deadline to apply is October 3, 2014.
Please send your name, phone number, website, email address and sales sheet with photos to

Booth fee for ADX and Portland Made Members: $200*
Booth fee for non-members: $300

*First-round winners from The Portland Outsider’s Made In Portland Awards will also receive a discounted rate.

– Sponsored by The Portland Outsider

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ADX is hiring! Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:14:52 +0000 We are looking for a qualified and highly organized individual to fill a position as our full time Customer Service + Sales Associate who will be responsible for driving individual and corporate customer sales while maintaining a strict margin and representing our core values and branding.

This individual will provide efficient and friendly service and actively responds to customers’ needs both in person and over email and phone correspondence, develop comprehensive knowledge of ADX offerings in order to provide information on a range of services in our Membership, Design/Fabrication/Manufacturing, and Education departments.

Associates in this position know how to greet, qualify, recommend and sign up members and students for our Membership and Education department. This individual must also know how to interact with clients in our Design/Fabrication/Manufacturing department.

The Associate will also be responsible for providing an excellent customer service experience for all existing and potential members, student and clients, and for performing daily general administrative tasks for the entire ADX team.

For more information or to apply, visit

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ADX takes on the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:59:36 +0000 Some things from our childhood cannot be recovered, but here in Portland hope is not lost. Since 1997 the PDX Soap Box Derby has transformed these fleeting scraps of lost youth into sleek machines fueled by gravity, creativity, and more than a little beer. This year marks ADX’s first foray into the Soap Box Derby scene, and our crew, led by Seamus Holley and Scott Miyako decided that one racer would not be enough. Two soap box racers were made – one for speed, and one for style.


For the stylish soap box racer, the crew derived their inspiration from another bastion of childhood – the rubber ducky.


In the pursuit of speed, the crew focused not on the aesthetics but on aerodynamics.

ADX hosted ten build days where approximately 15 people worked on building the soap box racers, but the planning and preparation had been in progress for a few months before the first weld was made. The budget was a concern, so the racers were assembled from free or inexpensively-sourced scrap metal. Additionally, Seamus donated bike frames that would form the foundation of the speed-focused racer.


On race day, the duck car accomplished its singular goal – looking awesome. The speed racer, dubbed “Falcon Arrow 5000”, performed admirably during its first two preliminary heats, but prior to the third heat the steering column broke, ending its chances to win it all.

Although soap box racing fever has abated, next year’s race will be here before you know it. No plans have been finalized, but ADX will likely field a team for next year’s event. The final destination of the racers has yet to be determined, but rumor has it that they will serve as decorations for the ADX facility.

For more information on the PDX Adult Soap Box Derby visit

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