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2020 Year in Review: Survival

2020 was a year for the record books. As we reviewed our biggest stories of the year, it was overwhelming how many there were. This was a nonstop news year! So perhaps it makes sense that we count just being able to keep going as a success. One of the first self-taught business lessons we learned some years ago, is that half the success of business is just staying in business. So day-in, day-out, we kept the business open. Making and shipping your orders made us feel useful as we sheltered in place, worked from home, kept informed on what was going on in the world and did our best to give back, went to bed and did it again the next day.

This is our 2020 year in review:

Right at the beginning of the year, on January 5th, we had a personal tragedy, losing a great shop cat, Huskey. Huskey kept the workshop mouse-free and was a part of our family for 12 years, as long as our marriage. It was a terrible start to the year, and we wrote a moving tribute to him on our blog.

During the year, we brought in two new shop cats, Best and Tanuki, father-and-daughter hypoallergenic Siberian forest cats. We even created their own Instagram feed with more cat photos for your quarantine enjoyment.

We tracked the many developments of the year on our blog, with our ever-evolving Note on COVID-19 as we tried our best to do the right things and give back in a tough year. Beginning in March, we:

Although it seems like social, political, and current events seemed to preoccupy most attention, throughout much of the world, local natural disasters took precedence. Here in Oregon, we survived historic Oregon wildfires, weeks of sooty air, and too many power outages to count.

Wildfire smoke obscured the workshop 250ft away during September.

That’s why environmental sustainability is of utmost importance to us, and this year we were proud to announce that Walnut now offers 100% carbon-offset order shipping. Also in 2020, we planted 20 native trees on our land and eliminated single-use plastics from our packaging. We will continue to improve our always-evolving sustainability program in 2021.

New Products

Big issues dominated our thoughts. But what about the actual business we do, the products we sell? In 2020, we:

Turning to 2021

Everybody is glad to turn the page on 2020 and thinking hopeful thoughts for 2021. Here are some encouraging trends we see:

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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