Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanks Design Sponge!

Design Sponge gave us some great coverage today which means the first production run of Whales are moving out quickly!  It is great to see such wonderful support for a simple wooden product made in the USA.  Thanks to everyone, your Whales will ship this week!

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More Wood Whale Making

Here are a few more shots of the making of the Wood Whales.  Lots a work but the first production run came out great with each whale different from the next.

Wood Whale In Stock This Week!

We are done with our first batch of whales and they are on their way from Michigan.  Marc at the factory has done an amazing job of transforming reclaimed timber into a beautiful pod of whales!  Take a look to see where the whales came from.  It starts with some vintage wood!

This very limited batch of whales are made from white pine from an old railroad depot in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  We made an even “more” limited number of redwood whales with wood  from old pickling vats located in northern Michigan.

Some cutting and sanding to get the whales out of the wood.

Whales still inside the planks of wood.

A one of a kind whale pod ready for migration.

Sneak Peek…

Check out a few shots of the collection we are launching at Greenbuild today.  Made in the USA using Columbia Forest Products PureBond™ veneer core hardword plywood responsibly harvested and made in Oregon.  No particle board found here!  These are quality products built to last.  The product line consists of a dresser collection and bed, here are the three and six drawer dressers.  

Each piece of the collection will be available in maple or walnut.

The entire collection is produced on demand and ships directly from our factory in Arizona to the customer.  We are still making a few adjustments but our plan is to begin shipping in January.

Greenbuild Launch!

We are headed to GreenBuild in Chicago today for the soft launch a new furniture collection we have been working on for the better part of 2010.  We are taking the farmers market approach with this collection by using only the best home grown materials  No oceans, container ships, particle board or added formaldehyde… This collection is proudly made in Arizona using PureBond™ veneer core hardwood plywood responsibly made in Oregon by Columbia Forest Products.  We are especially excited about the project and collection because we have been able to link together all aspects of the making right here in the US.  Last month we visited the plant where the plywood for the collection is made.  It was great to meet the people that produce the plywood and see exactly how it is made.  From the logs in the river, to the loading trucks with finished goods.  We saw it all and it was cool!

It was great to see the care and craft that is required to transform logs into a beautiful piece of plywood which our factory in Arizona will use in the production of the collection.



Whale eats phone

More pics of round two!  These guys are now in production and will be migrating from Michigan to California very soon…  If you are interested email sales@theutilitycollective.com and we will let you know when pre orders start.

Check out those crazy grain patterns in the wood.

From Eye on Design by Dan Gregory

Great coverage from Dan Gregory at Eye on Design.  We will have some more news for you on the Whale very soon.  Thanks!