TomitaDesigns in Festool!

November 17th, 2010 by admin

Festool is basically the Ferrari of woodworking tools.  I love them and have slowly added to my collection over the years.  Although I often curse the Germans at the expense I keep going back, simply because they are the best.   They make the best tools possible at any cost and say F U- youre gonna have to pay if you want the best… pretty much.  And I buy them!

Pretty cool- they featured my Teak cabana project in their blog.  Click the image to link to it!   I’m more proud of this than being on TV 3 times!

Grove iPhone4 Case Revealed!

June 7th, 2010 by admin

Exciting day in iPhone land with the official announcement of the iPhone4.  Steve Jobs has “wowwed” us with the fancy features including the new retina display and HD video.  Relevant to what we do is that iPhone4 is 24% thinner than the 3G.  This allows us to make our case thinner.  We have been prototyping based on projections and are ready to release our product immediately.  

We are REALLY excited about our new case.  Its really thin at less than .5″ thick overall.  It will add less than 1/16″ to the thickness of the phone and due to a new feature will be even stronger than before.  We have the same metal bezel design as our 3G case and have successfully made prototypes already.

We are most excited to offer special introductory pricing starting at $49!!!!  We are accepting deposits immediately to secure your iPhone4 Grove case.

First Grove Orders Shipped

May 5th, 2010 by admin

We just shipped our first orders for Grove.  Exciting times as we see 9 months of development finally come to fruition.  Joe took some great pics of the artist series and uploaded them to flickr.  

Great details of the laser engraving!  Simply amazing detail…

Grove Launch! +Partay~

April 20th, 2010 by admin Its official!  We just launched our new company Grove yesterday.   Grove is a partnership between myself and Joe Mansfield of Engrave.  Our first product is a laser engraved bamboo iphone case!

Our site is essentially a place where you can make your own case.  Enjoy browsing the artist series or upload your own artwork. Or simply get a blank case.  You can select one of 3 bamboo body colors and 7 bezel colors.  Know that these cases aren’t getting made in some sweatshop overseas.  Were making them in my shop!


After months of top secret R&D, we’ve perfected our bamboo iphone cases - and we’d like to celebrate with you. The Grove launch party will go down during the open studio night at Towne Storage (17 SE 3rd #502) on May 1st 6pm-10pm.

We’ll be giving a bamboo iphone case away every hour and the winners can choose artwork to be laser engraved on the spot. There will be new laser engraved artwork on display by Jolby & Friends and we’ll be pouring Vortex IPA from Fort George Brewery. If you’re in Portland on the 1st, stop by with a glass and friends.

See ya there!

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Natural Edge Hall Table

March 16th, 2010 by admin

Just completed this hall table made from a nice salvaged maple slab.  Im doing a little bit of metalwork now.  Im into leaving metal looking raw like it just came from the mill.  In this case, I made the parts that I had to weld/grind match by using a metal blackening patina.

Fun design where its basically a tripod structure.  The weight of the steel leg helps stabilize this delicated looking structure.  I got nerdy and routed a pocket on the bottom so the metal leg sits flush with the bottom of the wood.  Stunning figure in the burl.

I love working with natural edge wood because every design is dependent on the material I have on hand.  Everything from material selection to design and fabrication feels more free-form like sculpture.  Also, I like the concept that these big slabs I get are all urban salvage meaning they are trees that are getting cut down for parking lots,road expansions, etc.  Usually the wood gets chopped into firewood.  Fires are nice but how bout some cool furniture instead?