Dear John, Dave, and Mike,
On behalf of the Sato School 2nd and 4th grade students, we want to pass along our sincere appreciation for the three of you coming and presenting on March 6th.
You provided such real life and relevant connection to the students about your company and how rain barrels connect so well to our vision as a STEAM school. Thank you for volunteering your time and providing such informative and interesting responses to the students questions.
Your willingness to be a partner in supporting our students learning was so helpful and provided great inspiration for us, as teachers, to go forward with students doing artistic paintings on our two rain barrels, installing them and putting them into action!
Thanks again for making the time to bring this project to life.
Carol Biskupic Knight, and the Sato 2nd and 4th grade teachers. Portland Oregon - March 2018
Once again we have been recognized and honored for being one of the best small businesses in Portland in the Gardening category for 2017 and for enhancing a positive image through service to our customers.
Portland Award Program - April 2017 (See press release.)
"I got my first rain barrel system from John in exchange for doing some updates on his website. The system is still going strong, and I've been maintaining his website ever since. He's a good man with a good product, and I'm happy to be working with him!"
Eric Houghton, Portland, OR - 2017
"The Rainbarrel Man (John Elliotte) installed four rain barrels at my ex-wife's house and then five more at my house. I highly recommend him. The barrels are cedar clad, and are both beautiful and functional. Anyone who'd like a guided tour should contact me by phone at 503-702-4421."
Jonathan Brinckman, St. Johns neighborhood of Portland, OR - 2016
"The Rainbarrel Man Company
has been selected for the
Portland Award in the
Home & Garden Products
category by the
Portland Award Program - June 2015
"John, The Rainbarrel Man, took on a difficult leaking connection problem with my rainbarrels (which were not built by him!). He figured out an effective and inexpensive way to repair the problem and his charges were quite reasonable. He was also fun to work with."
Alan Locklear - Portland, Oregon - May 2014
"The Rainbarrel Man Company
has been selected for the
Award in the
Home & Garden Products
category by the
Portland Award Program - October 2013
"The Rainbarrel Man's service and
products are top notch! Very impressed with the quality of workmanship.
His barrels both look and work great. When we experienced a glitch,
he was prompt and professional in resolving it."
Ron Ruggiero - Portland, Oregon - November 2011
"John was the first rain barrel
builder in Portland. The rain barrel he built and installed for us
has a focus to detail and quality not seen in the other rain barrels.
John has had years in the business to work out the "bugs"
in design and has created a sturdy good looking rain barrel. He met
all his commitments and produced a wonderful product. It was nice
to work with someone with business ethics.
Judith Turano Turano Fiber Arts. - Portland,
Oregon - July 2011
"John is such a nice person, I came
to him with a request and he treated me with attention and cared for
my cause. His barrels are so beautiful; it's hard to believe they
are also practical and green. I would recommend John to anyone that
needs his services."
Cathy Herman - Portland, Oregon - August 2010
"The rain barrels we got from John have been great! We would
recommend him to any of our friends in the market for a water capture
Joe Travis, Software Engineer at ADP - May 2010
"John is very conscientious in the outcome of his products; he
does everything that he can to make sure the product is finished in
a timely manner. I would not have any hesitation in recommending John
or any of his products."
Edger Arrell, Resaw operator, LWO Corporation
- Portland, Oregon - March 2010
" I highly recommend John and his company. His rain barrels are
top quality, stylish, fairly priced and delivered on time. What more
can anyone ask for?"
Paul Welty, Designer at Innovative Nightscapes
- Portland, Oregon - February - 2009
"Superior product with excellent customer service".
Geoffrey Squire Silver, Attorney at Law - Portland
Oregon - August 2008
"John does quality work. His rain
barrels serve as an example of his high standard of craftsmanship.
He is honest, straight forward and easy to trust. I would recommend
the work John does to anyone who is interested in saving water with
attractive wood based barrels."
Sherri Kennedy - Portland, Oregon - April, 2008.
"John, It was a pleasure featuring your work in this issue. We
think you make a wonderful product and wish you years of success.
Enjoy the issue!"
Emily Davis - Assistant Art Director, Oregon
Home Magazine - June 2008
"Dear Jon, Thank you for providing
the rain barrels for the Good Energy House landscaping at the Energy
Trust Better Living Show.
The house project would not have been
possible without businesses like the Rainbarrel Man Company stepping
in with just the right products. We are so appreciative of your willingness
to work with us on this project and look forward to continuing this
relationship in the future.
One of the goals of the Better Living
Show is to create interactive features that inspire sustainable actions.
With your participation, we feel the Good Energy House Definitely
accomplished this goal.
Thank you again for your support in making
this happen. All the best."
Michael O'Loughlin & Stephanie Frisch -
Blue Ocean Events - April 2008
"Thanks for the help, Jon. I can
understand the constraints a small business will face but I do appreciate
the leads. Just looking through the site I can tell there's a lot
of time and effort put into each one of your barrels - they really
are quite beautiful.
All the best and thanks again."
Chris Dunham - Community Builders Program Americorps*VISTA
- February 2008
We mailed you another copy of the invoice
a few days ago along with the 2008 price list - you will be getting
a deal as we are proud to be associated with your high quality rain
Dan Chapotelle, Water Saver Products Company
- Richmond, BC Canada - December 2007
"I wanted to thank you for helping
me with my rainbarrels. I appreciate the time you took to go through
all the options you offer and helping me assess the right rainbarrel
for the right area of my yard. I know that I will get the most for
my money and be appropriate for the area to be watered. You were most
accommodating to me and the finished rainbarrel is a nice looking
piece. Thanks again. I'm looking forward to using them."
Gayle Booher - Portland, Oregon - November 2007
"When we saw the Portland Tribune
article, we visited Jon's display site and were impressed with the
quality and technology. We had a Downspout Water Saver System installed,
and were so pleased that we soon got a second one ... now were ready
for next springs gardening."
June Flemming & Bob Marier - Portland, Oregon
- November 2007
"I have looked over your website
and would like to commend you for the nice site and for your great
looking product. I grew up east of the mountains where it is much
more dry, and my grandmother had a water collection system not unlike
what you produce. Without that system, she would not have been able
to keep her small garden watered. I have great appreciation for your
Unfortunately, I am not in the market
for your product at the current time. Hopefully this situation will
Also, I want to thank you for advertising
on KPOJ. I've been a listener since day one when they had maybe two
sponsors and I listened to the same commercials over and over. It's
exciting to hear new advertisers. KPOJ is an important voice in the
radio market, and I applaud you for helping it stay on the air. Best
Brian Haskins - Salem, Oregon - October 2007
"I was reading my local newspaper
for Forest Grove, and in the sustainable life section there was an
article about you and your company. I was looking for inspiration
for this years science fair, particularly something in the environmental
area, and your article made me want to do my project on rain harvesting.
It seemed like a great idea because I live on a big property, and
we have lots of buildings and vegetation. So, I thought it would be
interesting to see what I could do to collect water, and what I could
research about the benefits of rain harvesting.
The science fair takes place in March.
I would love to share how I did with you, I would like to come visit
your business someday soon."
Breanne Davis 8th grade, Valley Catholic Middle
School - Forest Grove, Oregon - October 2007
"I appreciate the way in which you
did your best to ship my order as inexpensively as possible as well
as keeping in contact with me as we went through the process from
start to finish. They arrived just in time to surprise my wife on
her birthday. Thank you again for all your help and may your business
continue to grow and prosper"
Earl & Joyce Polson - Hammonton, New Jersey
- November 16, 2006
"These barrels that I bought from
you are very nice. I like the way they look in my garden. They remind
me of when I was a little girl growing up on my uncles farm in Ohio.
We washed our hair using the water from the rainbarrel which made
our hair shine.
Thank you for being very helpful in putting
up the barrels and connecting them to the downspout. I can now water
my roses with rain water during the dry months. Thank you."
Ruby Schwartzkoph - Camas, Washington - July
"The Rainbarrel Man makes a quality
product that's handsome, well crafted and a good value. The 2-barrel
downspout system we have fills completely after only a small amount
of rain. We can use that water for the shrubs & trees during dry
spells, which saves us money on our water bill. And, unlike other
barrel systems these are very attractive, so they add beauty &
character to your home. We also appreciate the fact that the barrel
lids and exteriors are made of recycled pallet lumber, so the good
looks don't come at the expense of the forests."
"With these Rainbarrels we're keeping
excess rainwater out of storm sewers, discarded pallet lumber out
of landfills, and saving a few bucks while we're at it."
Stewart & Beverly Hartsfield - Lake Oswego,
Oregon - June 2003