Oregon Heartwood brings you “Handmade and natural goods from the Oregon woods.” We are a small group of family forestland owners living in northwest Oregon. Everything we make is handcrafted by us using native woods and other natural materials, much of which is sustainably harvested from our own trees. The Canopy Essential Oils we sell are distilled on a local family tree farm using foliage from native evergreen trees growing within two miles of the still. In addition to our online store, we also sell at farmer’s markets and craft shows in the Portland area. They are great opportunities to see our works up close. Please follow us on Instagram or Facebook to receive announcements of these events.
Meet the Makers
When I'm not outside taking care of the family tree farm, I enjoy creating both artistic and practical objects made from Oregon native woods. I’m inspired by universal forms found throughout the natural world, and by the growth of trees and other plants. My aim is to explore the design of both everyday wooden objects and sculptural forms, and to reveal the inherent beauty of the wood.
Although I'm primarily a printmaker and painter, I also design Heartwood products inspired by our beautiful Oregon forests.
With my wife Marge, we manage our Arbor House Tree Farm in Oregon to improve forest health and produce wood and other products. I make stump tables and other custom furniture, holiday boughs, cell phone holders, live-edge boxes and more from salvaged trees.
Wood artist Grant Rolette creates one-of-a kind sculptures from wood grown on his family woodland acreage near Portland. They all originate as "rescued" pieces of firewood from his land or the neighbors. “On the way to the shed or the stove,” Grant said, “they flashed a hint of something interesting inside and magically turned into.....another project - in a pile of many. The relief of finally moving something from the project pile all the way to the finishing stage is only surpassed by the thrill of seeing the wood figure meet the finish.”
Although I have done a lot of woodworking, I find that I enjoy turning on the lathe the most. Since moving to my current rural residence west of Portland, where I'm fortunate enough to have a large shop, I have dedicated myself to the craft. The enjoyment comes from starting with a piece that would have been firewood and then discovering the grain inside. Sometimes this is beautiful and sometimes a bit plain, but always a mystery that unfolds. I have primarily turned wooden bowls, closed form vessels, tool handles, pens, and vases, lately started making finger-jointed boxes. I mainly use wood that has been scavenged from storms or tree thinnings.