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Refresh Your Thanksgiving Table with These Portland-Made Tools and Textiles

Ditch the decorative gourds.

By Amy Martin October 17, 2018 Published in the November 2018 issue of Portland Monthly

Image: Michael Novak


Four years ago, artists Thomas Renaud and Noel Hennessy set up in an unassuming North Portland garage, where their aptly named Little Garage Shop produces warm, tactile mugs, pitchers, and coasters with architectural flair in earthy shades from ochre to oatmeal and guava. Ridge cup, from $42, and coaster set, $56


Kiriko’s small Portland team hand-sews vivid kasuri textiles, sourced from Japan artisans, into rich, nubby table mats and coasters in the back studio of the brand’s sweet Chinatown storefront. From $29

Image: Michael Novak


Graphic artist Vince Skelly unwinds by carving rough-hewn, wandlike serving spoons from scavenged and found hardwood, including walnut, maple, and lilac, cured with flaxseed oil. They feel great in your hand and look amazing in a bowl of mashed spuds. Limited edition, from $50


Local fashion mainstay Adam Arnold totes his flawless construction to your kitchen with a new line of sleek aprons for Canoe in natural and navy, with a comfy Japanese-style criss-cross back. $65. Portland Apron Company’s classic linen Everyday Apron is made to order with generous pockets. $81.


Add understated bling to your turkey platter with Schoolhouse’s Elevated Flatwear in matte gold. $68


Japan's cult brand Muji just landed downtown. Its acacia plates and bowls are your new go-to vessels. From $4

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