ADX / Portland, ORADX / Portland, OR Building a Community of Thinkers & Makers Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:27:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Member of the Month: Josh Mabry Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:10:21 +0000 Josh Mabry came to ADX in January 2014 with little to no experience making. Although he had always been creative, Josh had never taken time to find the right outlet. He started looking for a welding class in town and “stumbled upon this great little community.” Josh proceeded to take Intro to Woodworking, Intro to Metal, and Upholstery 101 in order to figure out what craft best suited him. Josh ended up being drawn to woodworking and has spent the last seven months in the wood shop bringing the ideas he scribbles in his notebook to life.

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I started playing with making these gem-like forms from scraps of wood here in the shop back in April and fell in love with the form. 

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Josh has been working on turning his designs into functional pieces of art and will soon be launching a line of wooden jars and lamps. These gorgeous wood products will be available through his website and on his Etsy shop, madebymabry.

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Josh strives to use reclaimed and sustainably sourced materials whenever possible for his projects and even makes his own locally sourced beeswax finish for his “gems”. Josh also donates 10% of his sales to help animals in need through the Pixie Project

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Want to check out more of Josh’s work? Follow him at on Instagram or contact him at



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ADX Is Hiring! Mon, 11 Aug 2014 22:47:45 +0000 adxmetalshop8

We are seeking inspired people to join our team in taking ADX and our community to the next level by leveraging and growing our already extensive on and offline networks and building upon our existing successes.

Currently we are looking for two individuals: an Education Director and a Communications Director. Check out the job descriptions, send us your applications, and tell your friends!

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Camp Cook, Jason Barwikowski, Billy Tosheff of Stargazer Farm and Kelley Roy of ADX and Portland Made, are teaming up to present Explorers Series, where arts, crafts and culture come together over conversation, food and drink.

Every Friday from 12PM-2PM at ADX we’ll host a weekly Lunch Wagon series for Portland’s manufacturing workforce. Take your lunch at ADX and learn about a different aspect of our local manufacturing ecosystem. Lunch is prepared by Chef Jason Barwikowski and served family style and ingredients are sourced from Stargazer and other local purveyors. The conversation is hosted by Marjorie Skinner, Managing Editor of the Portland Mercury.

If you have any dietary restrictions or allergies that we need to be aware of please contact with 48 hours advanced notice.

Does your company want to host a lunch? Contact Kelley 503-438-8171.

Also check out Monthly events at Stargazer Farm!

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