Aside from being items found in the backyard, a birdhouse, hand trowel, potting bench and a garden hose appear to have little in common with one another. But what brings these tools together is that they come from American owned and operated businesses that create long-lasting, functional and beautiful products. As gardening season gets into full bloom, we’re excited to feature these businesses — both local and not so local —and their American-made outdoor goods.
WATER RIGHT INC
Based in McMinnville, OR, Water Right Inc. is a family-owned manufacturer of polyurethane coil garden hoses. What makes their hoses great is that they are made from drinking-water safe polyurethane that is lead and BPA-free. Owners Jeff and Katrina Thomas were frustrated with the short life span and ugly color offerings of traditional garden hoses. So they created a long-lasting hose, made without blends or regrinds, that comes in colors like eggplant, cranberry, and olive. The coil design of their hose also makes it user-friendly and easy to rebound.
Bob and Rita Denman have been producing hand-forged garden tools out of their Boring, OR barn since 2004. As Red Pig says, they are the only blacksmith in the U.S that makes hand-forged tools and they do it the old-fashioned way — with fire, steel, an anvil and lots of sweat. Stop by their workshop and see Bob forge a Red Pig original like a hand trowel or cultivator.
Owner and designer Lisa Jones likes to approach her art with a playful and experimental attitude. Located in a ceramics studio in North Portland, Pigeon Toe creates fun, minimally designed heirloom quality artisan objects for the home and garden, along with jewelry and other wearables. Most of Pigeon Toe’s products are made of porcelain and everything is handmade, which makes each item unique and truly one of a kind. Their birdhouse is made of a hand thrown porcelain base and a paneled cedar roof.
MAINE GARDEN PRODUCTS
At Maine Garden Products, necessity is the mother of all creation. The original founders of the Maine-based company were looking for a better way to harvest, carry and wash their vegetables to their tables. As a result, they artfully created their version of a garden hod. Historically, colonists used hods for everything from carrying bricks to washing fish. For over a hundred years, Maine clam diggers used hods to store and rinse their catch. Today, Maine Garden Hods can be used as a picnic basket, knitting basket, a place to store firewood, or for anything that needs to be carried from the garden to the home. Made from hard and soft woods, the hods are built to last and branded with the Rejuvenation logo.