Gordon Brown was first introduced to the art of woodworking as a child. At a very young age, Gordon and his older brother started working with their father building homes in Billings, MT. As he got older and started working on projects of his own, he realized this was something he loved to do- start with a vision and see it become reality. He can still hear his father telling him "Quality over quantity" is the most important thing and "No shortcuts". At Uncommon Grove, each design is handcrafted, with a focus on detail.
In 2009, Gordon and his wife Lyndee move from Montana to Oregon, each working in corporate environments. Gordon still had a passion for woodwork and began building benches out of old wood pallets. A true team effort, Lyndee's job was to remove all the nails from the pallets without splitting the wood.
After selling on Craigs List, Gordon received a request for a custom-built Kitchen Island. This is the beginning of what will become Uncommon Grove.
In 2014 the Browns moved back to Helena, MT to be closer to family. It's here that Gordon started building with old barn wood and loved it!
In 2016, the couple packed up a Uhaul full of old Barnwood, a T.V., and their clothes and headed back to Oregon. As luck or fate would have it, they were able to move back into the same house they had before and are welcomed back to the same jobs. It was at that point they realized that Oregon was truly their home.
After years of working full-time during the week, and fulfilling custom orders on weekends, Gordon's dream of turning a hobby into a business became a reality in June 2020 and Uncommon Grove was officially launched.
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Do you have a store or restaurant with a special project in mind? Gordon has partnered with several retail stores and restaurants in the local market creating beautiful display units, wine cabinets, bars and more.