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…

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