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A Note from Walnut on COVID-19

UPDATED 5/4/2021. The COVID-19 pandemic has created big changes everywhere we look. Shipping is taking longer than usual. Supplies are more unpredictable. We feel very lucky to be working from home and shipping normally. Our day-to-day routine is actually little changed and yet… everything else is different.

In early 2021, more than a year into this crisis, we began to wonder when and how we could ever call ourselves past this crisis. Vaccinations were approved and began distribution, and in April 2021, Geoff and Valerie began their course of vaccination. After more than a year, we have decided to end our COVID site-wide sale, a type of sale that we’ve never held before. This is not a return to normal yet, just a return to regular pricing.

Over the span of this crisis, one of the most encouraging changes we’ve witnessed, is the coming together we’ve all experienced. Everyone is a little more patient and understanding. We are so very grateful to everyone working on the front lines, including the #BLM protestors, grocery store clerks and postal carriers. This has been a remarkable time for connecting with the community.

In America, it feels like a national emergency on more than one front. It’s more than just the pandemic that’s changing our business practices. In addition to the ever-present drumbeat of climate change, which reared its ugly head in the form of major wildfires in our area, we have been occupied with the cause for racial equality and social justice, and many more social issues, plus a national election of major importance.

We want to be helpful. In this post we updated how we’re doing our part, plus some hopeful thoughts for the future.

The study of disasters makes it clear that … in the wake of a [disaster], most people are altruistic, urgently engaged in caring for themselves and those around them, strangers and neighbors as well as friends and loved ones.

Rebecca Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell

Doing our part: a recap of 2020

We may be a small mom-and-pop company, but in 2020 we did our part:

More ways we offered help.

As we watched this unfold, we spent most of our time trying to figure out how to be helpful. Here’s what we came up with:

Hopeful thoughts for the future

Hopeful visions of the future lift us up when it feels like we are drowning in the present moment. Here are some hopeful visions of the future to get out of the rut:

One last thing

We have leather crafting skills and materials, and an abundance of gratitude. How can we use our skills to support you? Is there something we can help you with? Contact us, we’d love to help remotely.

Stay safe, STAY HOME, and be well. We’re here for you.

About Walnut Studiolo

Walnut Studiolo crafts original modern designs by hand in our Oregon workshop using only natural materials. We are a family-run company located on the North Oregon Coast. Learn more about us on our website:

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