ADX / Portland, ORADX / Portland, OR Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:45:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Walnut Studiolo: A Gifted Marketplace Bio Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:45:30 +0000 walnutlogo

Walnut Studiolo was founded in 2009, and they initially specialized in leather bicycle accessories that founder Geoffrey Franklin was unable to find on the market. They soon expanded their choice of mediums to include leather, and began creating items outside of the biking world. Their mission is to craft goods that are hand-tooled in Portland, Oregon, made out of durable natural materials like leather and wood, sourced with an emphasis on locally-made and USA-made suppliers, and are produced using environmentally responsible methods and materials. Come check out Walnut Studiolo at this year’s Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace on Dec 13th here at ADX.

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Port Rhombus Design: A Gifted Marketplace Bio Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:04:46 +0000 portrombuslogo

Port Rhombus Design was founded in 2010, and they create unique, durable goods are handcrafted with responsible materials and processes right here in the USA. They merge digital processes with craft methods to create immaculate functional objects with personality and integrity. Come check out Port Rhombus Design at this year’s Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace on Dec 13th here at ADX.

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Revolution Design House: A Gifted Marketplace Bio Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:34:53 +0000 revolutionlogo

Revolution Design House believe form and function should never be mutually exclusive, and integrity in both process and product should always take top priority. Revolution Design House is a Portland based producer of American made objects. They represent innovative makers-and-thinkers from idea to market, as their goal is to reinforce the importance of American design. Their products are made locally and the materials they use are always considered. The result is a collection of objects that are as unique as they are timeless, as simple as they are surprising. Come check out Revolution Design House at this year’s Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace on Dec 13th here at ADX.

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Make-A-Gift Workshops Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:14:43 +0000 The holiday season is fast approaching, and with it the mad rush to find the perfect gifts for the ones we love. Sure, you could go out and buy something, but why give something you found on a shelf when you can give a gift from the heart (and hands!)

Our next Make-A-Gift workshop is November 22nd, and we will be making an awesome set of drinking glasses. The workshop only costs 25 dollars, and you’ll walk away with a unique gift to give away (or a nice treat to enjoy yourself!) Click here for more details and to register!

Stay tuned to Twitter and Facebook, because more Make-A-Gift workshops are on the way!

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Toast is Hiring! Wed, 19 Nov 2014 04:02:20 +0000 Temporary Production Team Member

Job description

Toast has two immediate openings for detail-oriented people to join our production team. Work includes: sanding and finishing raw materials and finished products, packaging finished products and helping with order fulfillment. Products and materials will vary but you will be mainly working with wood. Most work is done with hand tools, some powered sanders and cutting tools.

Must be detail-oriented, flexible and keen to work in our efficient, made to order production system. Ideal candidates can juggle multiple job aspects, craft products of the highest quality, jump from task to task, and prioritize needs to keep production and fulfillment flowing. This position will offer opportunities to learn skills and provide input into improving our products and production process.

This is a temporary position through the end of the year with the possibility to stay on if we have the work. Hourly pay is $11 per hour, for approximately 40 hours per week. Hours may vary slightly depending on demand. Toast is a small, young company, so flexibility and a fun work environment are the best benefits. Our studio work environment is young (at heart), flexible, and located in the heart of Montavilla neighborhood in Portland.

Toast is a growing team of 13 people crafting products and shipping them around the world. We care about our products, and our employees. As a team we strive to make the best products and enjoy doing it. We prioritize our customers and ournatural environment. Learn about our company at


If interested, please email Matias Brecher at , include information about your woodworking/craft experience and availability.

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Hand-eye Supply: A Gifted Marketplace Bio Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:48:39 +0000 handeyesupply

Hand-Eye Supply is a work-focused supply store for creative minds located in Portland, OR. From research materials to tool storage, from pocket knives to attractive workwear with pockets to hold those knives, they have something for everyone. Hand-Eye Supply merges design-mindedness with the culture of craftsmanship present in Portland, OR. Come check out Hand-eye Supply at this year’s Gifted: A Portland Made Marketplace on Dec 13th here at ADX.

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ADX 101 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:34:30 +0000 What makes ADX a special place? We offer access to our 14,000 square foot warehouse, wood and metal shops, and design tools, but what really sets ADX apart is the community of thinkers and makers that we are proud to call members. To work out of ADX is to draw upon generations of experience and ingenuity.


“What happens” asks ADX founder Kelley Roy, “when you put a lot of different people in one space and give them access to the resources they need to be creative?” The answer to that question is a story that is being written every day at ADX. People with decades of experience offering advice to green newcomers. Woodworkers collaborating with metalworkers. These are the stories that ADX is writing on a daily basis.


ADX provides a space where makers can concentrate on their craft, and not the logistics of running their own shop. It is easier to focus on making the perfect chair if you aren’t trying to remember if you paid the electricity bill, and there is no need to spend a small fortune on equipment when our shop has most any need covered.


To learn more about the ADX philosophy, click here to watch a short video. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our blog, newsletter, and YouTube channel.

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Veteran Bicycle Co in the media! Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:12:45 +0000 veteranbicycle

Our friend and ADX member David Lewis, founder of Veteran Bicycle Co, has been featured on In the article David talks about his ideas for building a more affordable, American made bicycle, as well as who and what have influenced him over the years. Want to know more? Check out the article by clicking here. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our blog, newsletter, and YouTube channel.

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Upcoming Shop Steward Group Interview Fri, 07 Nov 2014 23:33:29 +0000 hailsafety

Want to trade your time and skills for shop access at ADX? We have several Shop Steward openings available through our work/trade program. The primary duties of the Shop Stewards include assisting members and maintaining a clean and safe shop environment. In exchange for two 5-hour shifts per week you will receive an unlimited ADX membership and huge discounts on classes!

We will be conducting a group interview and info session on Tuesday Nov. 11th at 5:15pm. Please bring your resume and references, and fill out our skills survey online before attending:

If you haven’t attended a Safety Orientation, please plan to stay from 6-7 to complete it.

Hope to see you Tuesday! If you have any questions, drop a line to our coordinator Joss:

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ADX Youth Programs Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:02:24 +0000 ADX does more than provide a place for today’s thinkers and makers to ply their craft – we are also dedicated to shaping the skills and minds of the youth who will be the thinkers and makers in the decades to come. U.S. manufacturing is back on the rise, and when the current generation hangs up their tool belts it is vital that the fresh-faced recruits that take their place have the skills to hit the ground running. Modern day manufacturing is different from days of old and ADX is responding with cutting edge programming that is not available anywhere else.


Forest Park Elementary School hired ADX to teach their fifth graders the basics of soldering and electronics. The students began by discovering the fundamental behaviors of electricity, and before long they were engaging in complex problem solving and were teaching one another. Even if these students do not enter a field that will require these skills, the ability to solve problems and work together transfer to any career.


Work Systems Inc brought ADX on board to teach students not only how to convert standard bicycles into electric bicycles, but also how to fabricate the necessary parts. Students first learned the bike manufacturing process including where all of the various components came from, and then they got down to business. Ben DeWitte, an ADX instructor, explains, “we’ve developed a critical energy within this organization for developing creativity and practical application of these skills and ADX is an opportunity to introduce that to a wider group.”


To watch a short video about our work with Forest Park Elementary, click here, and to watch a video about our work with Work Systems Inc, click here. If you would like ADX to partner with your local school, please email Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our blog, newsletter, and YouTube channel.

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