History and Mission
Armed with a strong work ethic and a maker's spirit, Gary Goby began harvesting dying Walnut trees from the Willamette Valley as a means of making his own muzzle-loading gunstocks in the early 1970’s. A doctor by day and a lumberman by night, Gary’s passion for controlling the process from tree to board was apparent in the stocks that he produced. Gary wanted to share his success with other passionate builders, so he launched Goby Walnut in 1976. We’ve grown since then, but our philosophy remains the same. Our mission is to empower makers to create their best work by providing unique and inspiring material.
We're also on a mission to close the sustainability loop. Salvaging dead and dying material is nothing new, but growing seedlings and replanting 5 trees for every tree that we mill, is! If interested, please ask us how to get involved.
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, where the trees grow big and tall. We’re old school, with a touch of innovation – harvesting old, oversized, mostly dead and dying trees. We don’t skimp on the thickness of our lumber, and we believe that a wider board is a better board. Renowned for our Walnut slabs, oversized lumber, and highly figured material – we work hard to build a better board for our customers.
We're a family business, co-owned and operated by father and son team Art and Aaron Blumenkron. Our flagship retail, distribution, and processing warehouses are located a few miles from downtown Portland. We also have a milling and drying facility in Aurora, just outside of Portland.
Who We Are
Owner; Portland Native, Oregon Duck, Dog Dad
The go-to person at Goby Walnut. As a kid, Aaron wanted to be a pro hockey player, and grew up to believe sandwich is the best word in the English language. Best piece of advice given: "Don't wait for perfection. Run with what you have, and fix it along the way."
Shop Manager; WI Native, Rocio's Super Fan
Wood expert and resident human forklift, which may stem from the belief that in another life he was a Viking warrior turned farmer. No job is out of reach, as he learned early in life the importance of hard work and later the great word Parapet. Phil resembles the pasta Gemelli- a little twisted, but all good.
Inventory Manager; NY Native, Punk Rocker
Counting every stick of wood and checking it twice. Being too punk for this bio, we asked his dog Adeline for a snippet into the enigma. She didn't have much to say as she was too busy barking at her own shadow.
Inside Sales Manager; AZ Native, Big Bird Nerd
Here to make sure all the i's are dotted and the t's crossed when not herding the dogs of Goby. Expert freight wrangler from years of secretly watching Bob the Builder or doing copious amounts of yoga. Even though discombobulated may be an awesome word, Cyndi is here to keep your project on track.
Retail Manager; WA Native, Foodie, Super Dad
Overseeing the day-to-day retail space and web store in between lobbying for a holiday celebrating the great Bob Seger, Randy will put his inventor attitude into your next project. Channeling his inner Batman, he heeds to the mantra, "Gravity is a harsh mistress."
We Love What We Do
Our focus for over 40 years has been on providing rare and unique material, so that our customers can “ooh and ahh” their clients. If you’re looking for an impressive piece, contact us to find out more about our large selection of some of the most exclusive and unique wood on the planet.