About Walnut Studiolo
Necessity is the mother of invention!
Portlander Geoffrey Franklin started Walnut Studiolo in October 2009 when he found himself needing durable, beautiful leather accessories for his bicycles. As an avid rider and active north westerner, he was inspired to create products he had not been able to find on the market. His background in design and degree in architecture from the University of Oregon, along with his passion for traditional mediums, have driven his product line and produced unique and functional products that are highly sought after.
His first product was a leather u-lock holster. He followed that with handlebar wraps, and next up was a portage strap for carrying his bike. He then began working one-on-one with customers to design custom products. One such item was a polo mallet holder. They sold a few here and there for several months until inspiration struck! Geoff realized the mallet holder could be used to strap a 6 pack to his bike! He re-listed the item on Etsy as a “Six-pack Frame Cinch.” Oregonians do love their beer, so word spread quickly. After favorable press from several websites and blogs, the company’s growth was rapid.
The company has now expanded from just bicycle accessories to producing interior design products, several beer and wine products, and travel-sized games, just to name a few. They also still accept custom work orders.
Geoff and his wife Valerie grew the business into a full-time occupation, quitting their other jobs in 2011. The company hired its first additional employee in 2013.
Geoff says the company’s mission is, “To design durable, unique, and functional (awesome) products that we want to use ourselves and that are:
- Hand-tooled in Portland, OR
- Made out of durable natural materials like leather and wood
- Sourced with an emphasis on local-made and USA-made suppliers
- Produced using environmentally responsible methods and materials.”
Walnut Studiolo has received much praise and many local awards, as well as a nomination for the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Crafts Awards.
If you are looking for a quality handmade product, Walnut Studiolo is a local company with functional solutions to everyday problems. They are inspired by old world aesthetic and put heart and craftsmanship into each product.