Who we are, what we do?

Puuartisti (Wood Artist) is a Finnish woodworking business with a focus on unique projects ranging from individual pieces of furniture to complete interior design installations, wooden buildings and structures. We are not a factory with assembly lines, but instead we are a bunch of ambitious cabinetmakers and fine woodworkers who design, manufacture and finish everything according to the customers’ individual needs and desires.

We are on a quest of pushing the limits of woodworking, because we believe that wood can be used to almost anything – it’s only a question of creativity and talent. In all our projects we use pure solid wood, which we also combine with other materials such as glass, metal and stone. At our workshop in Kontiolahti, Eastern Finland, we have space and equipment to carry out large-scale projects and we can do installations around the world.

Recently we have also been preparing the launch of our own furniture collection. The core idea in our collections is to use wood materials that carry a special meaning – the growing location and history of which we know and want to pass on to the customer in the form of the furniture. Then we will make small, limited editions of furniture from the specific material. We also make personal storywood items by turning customers’ own wood materials into family treasures.

Alussa oli näkemys

Jo kauan ennen kuin puuartesaani Miikka Kotilainen uskalsi yrityksen perustamisajatusta ääneen sanoa, oli Puuartistin henki selvillä: antaa puun näyttää kauneutensa ja monimuotoisuutensa kalusteissa ja rakenteissa, jotka kestävät aikaa ja kulutusta. Ei tehdä massatuotteita vaan uniikkikappaleita, jotka keräävät ympärilleen elämää ja tarinoita.

Muiden palveluksessa työskennellessä ajatukset yrittäjyydestä itivät Miikan mielessä. Haaveissa oli, että pääsisi tekemään asiat omalla tyylillä, kaikki langat käsissä pitäen. Lopulta irtisanominen vakityöstä oli viimeinen sysäys, joka vei Miikan yrittäjäkurssin kautta yrityshautomoon hiomaan mietteet varsinaiseksi liikeideaksi syksyllä 2013. Samaan aikaan Miikka toteutti ensimmäisiä mittavia asiakasprojekteja osuuskunnan kautta ja näin valmistautui lopulliseen harppaukseen oman katon alle.

Kun sitten Kontiorannan vanhalta varuskunta-alueelta vapautui rakennuksia pienyrityskäyttöön, löysi yhden miehen verstas kotinsa idyllisestä pohjoiskarjalaisesta mäntymaisemasta ennen joulua 2014. Entisessä elämässään viestivälinevarastona ja akkuhuoltamona palvellut rakennus sai uudeksi sisustuksekseen koko joukon puuntyöstökoneita ja -välineitä, ja pian ensimmäiset Puuartisti-leimalla varustetut projektit pääsivät verstaalta asiakkaiden luo.

Tiimityötä ja käsityöläisäsennetta

Pian Puuartistin toteuttamat projektit alkoivat kasvaa, ja kokonaisvaltaiselle suunnittelu- ja valmistustyölle löytyi tilausta koti-Pohjois-Karjalasta ja kauempaakin. Äkkiä kävi selväksi, että avuksi tarvittiin lisää käsipareja. Nykyisellään Puuartistin tiimi koostuu Miikan lisäksi ammattitaitoisista ja tarkoista puuartisteista. Tiimissämme työskentelee tällä hetkellä myös Mika Kareinen, Niilo Nissinen ja Jere Nevalainen.

Koko porukkaa yhdistää intohimo käsillä tekemiseen ja ainutkertaisiin projekteihin. Kun mallikappaleita ei ole, on oltava silmää ja näkemystä. Jokaisella artistilla on myös kova halu oppia koko ajan lisää. Näin muodostuu yhteinen Puuartisti, missä tavoitteena on tuottaa asiakkaalle haluttu, yksilöllinen lopputulos – yhteispelillä ja omilla vahvuusalueilla.

Mutta vaikka kierrokset kasvavat, säilyy Puuartistilla edelleen käsityöläisyyden henki ja ammattiylpeys. Se tarkoittaa, että seisomme työmme takana omalla nimellä ja kehitämme ammattitaitoamme koko ajan, samalla kun rima nousee. Jatkossakaan tärkeintä ei ole helpoin ja suoraviivaisin tie valmiiseen ratkaisuun, vaan loppuun asti mietitty, arjessa käytännöllinen ja vuosikymmeniä silmää miellyttävä lopputulos.

ARTISTS

Miikka Kotilainen – founder, CEO

Already years before Miikka founded Puuartisti, he had the business idea for it clear in his head: he wanted to design and manufacture custom-made, durable and aesthetic furniture and constructions out of genuine, solid wood and do it so well that one day they would be antique. Puuartisti started as a one-man shop in 2014 when Miikka bought a workshop from Kontioranta, Eastern Finland and the first projects were stamped and delivered to the local area and soon far further.

So far Miikka has recruited four new artists who share the same passion for woodworking to help him with projects that keep getting bigger all the time. Miikka’s key role is now in designing the projects, working together with craftsmen and craftswomen from different fields, making sure the manufacturing process goes smoothly and the customer gets exactly what they hoped for.

Not to forget Miikka’s key role in making sure that the team of Puuartisti is happy and can reach their full potential. Every artist at Puuartisti has their own areas of expertise and also a huge desire to develop their skills further and further. The team spirit, freedom and flexibility are essential elements that Miikka wants to foster.

Miikka’s background is in wood artisan training, experience in fine woodworking and hands-on construction work as well as in a general curiosity in how everything works and could be done better – dating back to childhood experiments and treehouse projects. Despite the beauty of special wood materials, the Finnish nature inspires him and gives him food for thought and for new plans.

Mika Kareinen

Mika brought his expertise and preciseness to Puuartisti in the spring of 2017 when again there was a need for an extra pair of hands in the growing business.

Mika has been into woodworking since he was a young boy, but at first he thought he didn’t want to ruin a nice hobby by making it a profession. However, after years of working in the electricity industry, he couldn’t help but follow his dream and completed the wood artisan training in the same institute as Niilo and Miikka.

As his free time passion, archery, suggests, he is a man of accurate, pedantic work and he makes sure that every step of the project is completed according to the highest quality standards. He also designs wooden jewelry and in his colourful pendants he wants to express the beauty of unique wood materials such as local birch burls and flamed birch.

Niilo Nissinen

Niilo Nissinen joined the team in the spring of 2016. Woodworking runs in Niilo’s blood as there are several woodworkers, carpenters and craftsmen in their family tree. The interest into fine woodworking was so strong that after working in a complete different field for several years, Niilo eventually applied to wood artisan training and found his passion.

Niilo has got the extreme talent to focus on the minor details of each project under way, but in a stress-free, relaxed way. In addition to being a multi-talented fine woodworker with expertise in fine arts such as instrument building, his special area of expertise is freehand custom carving using traditional handheld tools.

His motto “always aim higher” is shared with every artist at Puuartisti, so it is not any wonder that we get along pretty well. Nature-related free time activities seem to be something we all are very much into, since also Niilo likes to spend his spare time fishing or hiking in the wilderness, seeking silence and inspiration.