Original Modern Designs / Handcrafted Leather Goods

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- Walnut Studiolo crafts original modern designs by hand in our Oregon workshop using only natural materials.


Last updated on Jun 23, 2021

- We are working from home & shipping normally!
- Read our note about COVID-19: https://bit.ly/3bGtmwQ
- Walnut Studiolo crafts original modern designs by hand in our Oregon workshop using only natural materials.



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Geoffrey and Valerie Franklin

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Geoffrey and Valerie Franklin


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About WalnutStudiolo

Sales 17,025
On Etsy since 2009
Video summary: "What handmade means to us" -- a 4 minute video by Portland filmmakers Cineastas PDX.

Walnut Studiolo crafts original modern designs by hand in our Oregon workshop using only natural 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.

Declaration of Intellectual Property Rights: WALNUT is a registered trademark. Product description copy is registered with the US Copyright Office.

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.

Production partners

  • Playing cards manufacturer

    Hong Kong

    A major playing card manufacturer capable of printing half-size decks and accredited by the Forest Stewardship Council™.

  • A print shop

    Los Alamitos, CA

    Bandana screenprinting is performed by our partner silkscreening studio.

  • Playing cards manufacturer

    Erlanger, KY

    Manufacturer of American playing cards since the 1880s.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 24, 2020
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

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 21 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 1 hour of purchase
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
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
We accept returns of clean and undamaged, merchandise in re-sellable condition within 30 days of delivery for exchange or refund.

Please package your returns carefully to ensure they do not get damaged during return transit.

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

We reserve the right to withhold up to a 10% restocking fee in some rare cases, and to withhold a Paypal commission fee if Paypal does not refund it (given their new policy, effective 10/11/19).

Our complete Returns & Exchanges policy is detailed here: https://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/returns-and-exchanges

Thank you for your business,

PS. For more contact information and customer service: http://walnutstudiolo.com/pages/contact
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!
FREE Standard US shipping on orders over $35 (2-5 day*)

Please call or message us if you have a particular delivery deadline so we can recommend the best service.

EXPRESS shipping options available (including FedEx and DHL Express).

INTERNATIONAL customers: please note that our prices do not include customs duties and taxes, such as the VAT or GST.

*COVID delays: Although we are shipping as fast as usual, delivery times are generally taking longer than usual during the global pandemic.

Read our complete 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

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Last updated on Sep 28, 2017
Frequently asked questions

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