Leathercraft Company relocates to the Nehalem Valley

Leather manufacturing firm Walnut Studiolo relocated from Portland to Nehalem in January.

NEHALEM — Walnut Studiolo founder Geoffrey Franklin has been designing and handcrafting leather goods and bicycle accessories in Portland since 2009, experiencing significant growth along the way.

After a year of looking for a location to accommodate expansion, Franklin and partner Valerie Schafer Franklin stumbled upon a Nehalem property on a weekend bike ride. The company announced its move to the new, larger location just outside Nehalem effective

Jan. 4.

“As our unique products and handcrafted quality have become increasingly sought after, both locally and internationally, our workshop capabilities were at capacity. We needed more workspace for tools and employees. Our new location is seven times larger than our old garage, provides us with the room we need to grow, and allows us to increase our offerings to ultimately include retail hours, workshop tours, and events. We want to share the experience of what Walnut Studiolo does,” Schafer Franklin said. “We’re moving to the coast, bringing our jobs with us, and creating new jobs as we continue to grow. We’re excited to contribute to economic development on the Oregon Coast.”

As a handicraft, family-run company, the husband and wife team said they love working together from their home, and close proximity to vendors.

“This property allows us to collaborate from home, yet keep work and life in separate buildings,” said Geoffrey Franklin, who serves as chief creative officer, designer and maker. “Portland is just a short drive away, so we’ll also be able to maintain our relationships with vendors and collaborators.”

“The North Coast has always been a special place for us,” hesaid. “We were married on the Oregon Coast in 2008 and I spent my summers and family holidays growing up in Manzanita. It is a dream come true for us to move close to the ocean, the river, and the woods of the Nehalem Valley. Moreover, the North Coast has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and creative culture that we’re excited to be a part of.”

The new location’s proximity to two major bike routes, the Oregon Coast Bike Route on Highway 101 and the planned Salmonberry Trail — a paved rail-trail bike route planned to link the popular Banks-Vernonia rail-trail to Tillamook (salmonberrytrail.org) — will make it a perfect locatißon for the cycling community to visit, the couple said.

Walnut Studiolo’s new address is 36005 Highway 53, Nehalem OR 97131. The company’s phone number and emails remain the same: 503-447-6889 and

walnutstudiolo@gmail.com.

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