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Hi, I'm Geoffrey Franklin. I'm an 8th generation Oregonian, born and raised in Beaverton and Weston, Oregon. I graduated from the University of Oregon Architecture School.

I run Walnut Studiolo with my wife, Valerie. I design and craft all the products in my workshop, and Valerie runs the business side.

I started Walnut Studiolo in October 2009 because I wanted leather accessories for my bikes (a custom Renovo original wood frame: www.renovobikes.com and my dad's old Bianchi that went on the Seattle-to-Portland (STP) that I had powder-coated in classic cream and brown) but I couldn't find anything like I wanted. So I decided to create my own unique designs, and Valerie decided to post them on Etsy to see what would happen. We grew the business in our home garage in Southeast Portland, Oregon.

Fast forward several years, and now Walnut Studiolo supports us both full-time. In January 2016, we moved ourselves and our workshop into a space with a bigger studio on the gorgeous Oregon Coast.

Bicycle accessories have been my core focus but as I grew my business, I came to expand into other fields that I love, like travel games, beer, and drawer handles. I love learning how to work leather as a medium. Eventually I also started enjoying the juxtaposition of leather and wood.

In these products, I'm expressing my love for good design, architectural concepts, and natural materials in products that I would want to use myself...and I do use myself. I field-test all my products until I'm comfortable with them before listing them on our shop.

My goal is to make high-quality, beautiful, durable, and most of all functional solutions to everyday problems. Thank you for buying small and handmade. I put my heart in everything I make.

 

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Other Ventures

Originally trained as an architect, Geoffrey Franklin stills practice architecture occasionally. Check out his work at www.walnutarchitecture.com.

A professional project manager, Valerie Franklin does some limited outside consulting, and is a freelance magazine writer focused on beer, bicycling, and travel. Check out her work at valerieschaferfranklin.com

 

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