Who we are, what we do?
First there was a vision
Long before Miikka dared to say it out loud that he wanted to start his own company, the spirit of Puuartisti was clear: let solid wood show its natural beauty and versatility in furniture and wooden structures that are durable and that age beautifully. Puuartisti would never produce anything in mass. Instead, every piece is unique with its own story to tell. When Miikka was still employed by others, the idea about entrepreneurship started to sprout. His dream was to do everything his way – without compromising.
Finally, getting fired was the final push for Miikka to enroll in an entreneurship course and start sparring his business idea with business coaches in the fall 2013. At the same time he was already working on some pretty big customer projects through a cooperative, after which it was easier to finally move under his own roof.
And the roof was found from Kontioranta, Finland, when the old garrison buildings were sold for business use. So this one-man workshop found its home amidst the North Karelian pine forests just before Christmas in 2014. The building had been used as a storage and as a battery maintenance unit, but now the interior got filled with woodworking machinery and tools, and soon the first projects got out of the workshop and into the homes of new customers.
Teamwork and craftsmen’s pride
It didn’t take long until the projects grew bigger and more complex, as Puuartisti was noted by customers near and further. It became clear that one pair of hands was not enough. Today, Puuartisti employs four other skilled woodworkers and different personalities: Mika Kareinen, Niilo Nissinen, Jan Stephen and Evgeny Rongonen.
What is in common with these people is the passion for craftsmanship and unique projects. When there is no set formula how to do things, you have to be able to “see things” and solve problems without a manual. Each artist is also committed to learning. This is what Puuartisti is all about – the shared goal to fulfill customer’s wishes with a unique outcome, when everyone works together, using their own specific skills.
Even though the pace of growth has been almost overwhelming, the spirit of Puuartisti can’t and won’t change. Living and breathing this traditional, yet modern craftsmanship means that we will stand for our work and develop our skills all the time, while we set higher goals for ourselves all the time.
We won’t be aiming for the fastest, easiest and most straight-forward way to make something. Instead, we focus on thoroughly planned, functional, timeless design and execution that pleases the eye for decades to come.