Artist - Mikutowski Woodworking

Work Available at Amphora
Fine handmade wooden boxes

Artist Statement
Founded in 1986, Mikutowski Woodworking is the definition of “small but mighty”. MikWood specializes in handmade, high quality wooden boxes and is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Many are shocked to learn the fine woodworking shop employs only five people to take raw lumber through the hands-on production process. Despite the small workforce, MikWood manages to produce about 30 different products and sells to high-end galleries from coast to coast.

Our woodworking techniques may be described as “old-school”, but it only adds to the character of the line.  Each piece is expertly hand sanded to a smooth buttery finish. In addition, all products are finely detailed by hand. Aside from the laser engraving machine, no computerized equipment is utilized. In fact, most of the equipment in the shop dates to the 1940s. One of the main goals is to allow the wood’s natural grain to shine through in the final product. Therefore, no stain is used in the manufacturing process. Only a clear lacquer is applied to the pieces in order to give a beautiful luster and protection.

Materials for MikWood pieces are selected with an eye not only towards beauty and function, but also towards environmental responsibility. Since the MikWood line includes very small items such as desk boxes as well as very large pieces, waste materials are reduced to a minimum. Small pieces of “scrap” are used in detail work and smaller items. Any remaining wood is donated or sold to area schools, other artisans, and elderly care service programs.