WalnutStudiolo

Bespoke Leather Goods Handmade in Oregon

Nehalem, Oregon · 11833 Sales

WalnutStudiolo

Bespoke Leather Goods Handmade in Oregon

Nehalem, Oregon 11833 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(1699)

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Announcement: Batch #2 of Driftwood and Live Edge Cribbage Boards just released!
Walnut Studiolo is for lovers of natural leather, American made craft, and sustainable modern design. Founded in 2009 on Etsy, everything we make is "handbuilt for the long haul" to work beautifully and age gracefully in our Oregon workshop.

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 17, 2018

- FREE US SHIPPING Over $100
Announcement: Batch #2 of Driftwood and Live Edge Cribbage Boards just released!
Walnut Studiolo is for lovers of natural leather, American made craft, and sustainable modern design. Founded in 2009 on Etsy, everything we make is "handbuilt for the long haul" to work beautifully and age gracefully in our Oregon workshop.

Geoffrey and Valerie Franklin

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Geoffrey and Valerie Franklin

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About

Walnut combines thoughtful modern design with old-world methods and materials.

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.

In 2008, my wife Valerie and I moved from the suburbs to the cycling-friendly neighborhood of Southeast Portland, Oregon to be closer to our jobs and friends. When I started bicycle commuting to work, I found I wanted things that didn't exist, like old-fashioned leather bar wraps. I was poring over a book of modern photography of vintage Italian bicycles, when I noticed all the leather accents that must have been nearly 100 years old still looked gorgeous. I couldn't find anything on the market like I wanted, so I decided to create my own unique designs for myself.

In 2009, facing the Great Recession, my wife Valerie decided to post them on Etsy to see what would happen, and we were quickly surprised and excited by the reaction. We grew the business in our home garage in Southeast Portland, Oregon. We owe a great deal to the support of the Portland bicycle community in getting started, in particular BikePortland.org and the BikeCraft festival.

Fast forward several years, and now Walnut Studiolo supports us both full-time. We love working together from home, so in January 2016, we moved our home and studio into a space with a bigger workshop on the gorgeous Oregon Coast, fulfilling our lifelong dream of living close to the sea.

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 architectural accents like 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 design all of the products you see here from scratch and I field-test all my design 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.

Watch a short video about "what handmade means to me" here: http://vimeo.com/cineastas/walnut

Read what others are saying about us on our Reputation page: http://walnutstudiolo.com/reputation

WALNUT is a registered trademark.

Mandatory Etsy compliance disclosure: Our personal accounts on Etsy are franklindesign and vschaferfranklin.

Shop members

  • Geoffrey and Valerie Franklin

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    Geoffrey and Valerie Franklin are the husband-and-wife team behind Walnut Studiolo. Geoff has a background in architecture and art, which he uses to design and make all our products. Valerie's business background helps her manage everything else.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 2, 2018
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Walnut Studiolo. Due to the hand-crafted, made-to-order nature of our business, we have set the following store policies.

For more information and customer service: http://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/contact

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 30 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 90 days of delivery
Request a cancellation: before item has shipped
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
We'll gladly accept your return of clean and undamaged merchandise within 90 days of shipment for exchange or refund. Returns of merchandise received after 90 days of shipment will be exchanged or refunded on a discretionary basis for merchandise credit for the purchased value of the product, and may be subject to a 10% restocking fee.

We regret that we cannot accept returns on the following items: custom, monogrammed, or laser-engraved products, unless there is a serious manufacturing defect.

If there is a quality issue or serious manufacturing defect on our part, then we can provide you with a postage-paid return label (US addresses only). Note that the normal variations in leather inherent to the qualities of the leather are not considered manufacturing or quality defects, but rather are a signal of the genuine, natural, and high-quality material we use.

Otherwise, return shipment cost is the responsibility of the customer. For clean and undamaged merchandise, the refund will be for the product value and not the original cost of shipping. In some instances, the refund may be subject to a 10% restocking fee.

To send in a return, simply return the merchandise with a note explaining your request for return or exchange and your order receipt to:

Walnut Studiolo
36005 Highway 53
Nehalem, OR 97131

If you wish to return your purchase for a refund, we'll credit your original method of payment for the merchandise purchase price. If you wish to exchange your purchase for a different size, color or style, we'll credit your return shipping charges and ship the new items to you with no additional shipping charge (US addresses only).

If you're not satisfied with your purchase, just let us know why, and we'll work with you to find a satisfactory resolution.

So far, an exceptionally small number of items have come back to us, and we work hard to keep it that way!

For more information and customer service: http://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/contact
Payment
We require full payment prior to beginning work on an item or shipping it out. If you would like to cancel your order, please message us, we'd be happy to cancel it, no questions asked.

INTERNATIONAL customers: please note that our prices DO NOT INCLUDE customs duties and taxes, such as the VAT or GST.

Please message us if you have any questions!
Shipping
- FREE Standard US shipping on orders over $100 (2-5 day)

EXPRESS shipping options available (including FedEx and DHL Express). Please call or message us if you have a particular delivery deadline!

INTERNATIONAL customers: please note that our prices DO NOT INCLUDE customs duties and taxes, such as the VAT or GST.

Read our complete shipping policy:
https://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/shipping-policy
Additional policies and FAQs
Contact information and customer service: http://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/contact

Walnut Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): https://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/faqs

Our Mission:
We are a family run company on a mission to design durable, unique, and functional (awesome) products that reflect our values and that we want to use ourselves.

We think about our environmental footprint in everything we do! Learn more about our Sustainability Policy here: https://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/sustainability

More information

Last updated on Sep 28, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Questions?

Check out our answers to Frequently Asked Questions here: http://walnutstudiolo.com/faq