Eight Portland Artisans Work Displayed at Pioneer Millworks Design Week Portland Open House Showcased in Read:Grain

Pioneer Millworks sponsored local makers who created for a Read:Grain theme using reclaimed wood. They sharing their pieces during the company’s Design Week Portland Open House.

The Read:Grain challenge by Pioneer Millworks was a great experience; from picking out reclaimed wood from the mill to chatting with other artisans to creating a piece we’ve been sketching for years.

Pioneer Millworks provided a platform for eight local Portland artisan makers to celebrate the story of reclaimed wood and their craftsmanship during Design Week Portland (DWP). Following a theme of ‘Read:Grain,’ each maker’s creation was on display during the Pioneer Millworks Open House in the SE district in late April.

“Pioneer Millworks has been reclaiming wood for 25 years and to 26 million board feet. We’re psyched to have supported these craftspeople by offering them the wood, the space to share, and a small stipend with which to explore,” said Jonathan Orpin, Founder of Pioneer Millworks. “The resulting creations are as varied as the wood and the makers themselves.”

Each local artisan shared their interpretation of Read:Grain during the Open House event, showcasing:

  • An adjustable bench by Branches Furniture – Joel & Alyse Knudsen
  • Sash table by Global Homestead Garage – Philip Krain
  • Bench with shelving by Makers Woodworks – Garrett Michael
  • Table by New Energy Works Timberframers – Jonathan Taylor
  • Gaming table by Tiny Shed – Jordan Saia
  • Folding chair and folding lamp by Wessinger Woodworks LLC – Bill Wessinger
  • Heavy timber lamps and card holders by Work-PDX – Henry Silvestrini
  • Bar cart by Zenbox Design – Bryan Danger

“It was awesome to meet so many other talented makers and designers at the event. As a fabricator, I rarely get the chance create something without stipulations or limitations. I really appreciated the opportunity to design a product that wasn’t intended to make money or fit into a specific space. I got to build exactly what I wanted (which doesn’t happen often). It wouldn’t have happened without the Pioneer Millworks team and we all appreciate it!” shared Henry Silvestrini of Work-PDX.

The artisans displayed within the Pioneer Millworks Design Studio, situating their piece, or pieces, while speaking to visitors during the Open House. “The DWP event hosted by the team at Pioneer Millworks was a great experience for us on all fronts; from picking out wood from the enormous mill to chatting with other artisans to literally being inspired to create a piece we’ve been sketching for years. We look forward to integrating their reclaimed materials into upcoming projects!” said Bryan Danger of Zenbox Design who displayed their custom bar cart crafted using Reclaimed…

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