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|Americana Woodworks, owned and operated by Mike Dolinar, offers fine, high quality outdoor furniture and Heritage Farm Tables.
Here at Americana Woodworks I believe that work is fulfilling and rewarding. I also believe that leisure and relaxation add to that quality of life. We all need some time spent with family and friends, or just some time to sit and relax.
My Adirondack inspired furniture makes that so much easier and more enjoyable, with our broad selection of Western Red Cedar furniture. Browse our many styles and try our seats. I think you'll like them!
For years, I have been manufacturing the best in traditional Adirondack style chairs and outdoor furniture and take satisfaction in my handcrafted, heirloom, quality products. I pride myself on attention to detail and comfort, building each and every piece as if for my own use!
All of my furniture is made with hand-selected Western Red Cedar 100% recovered / recycle and sourced from sustainable managed Pacific Northwest forests. The Cedar is Kiln-Dried to moisture content between 6 to 8 percent, the optimal level for working wood.
To protect my fine furniture, I finish with a translucent exterior stain specially formulated for Western Red Cedar furniture. Finely ground iron oxide pigments provide a rich, natural color and unique, alkyd/oil layer protects against rain, snow and UV rays. Available in a natural wood-toned colors that provide an exquisite translucent finish, this enhances the wood's natural grain and texture.
|"In the Press"
Cascade Business News
Fall Article 2013
|Americana Woodworks of Bend Oregon, Carries on Old-Style Tradition
|BY JEFF SPRY, CBN FEATURE WRITER
Harvesting a bounty of fine-crafted patio furniture, Americana Woodworks in Bend carries on the tradition of manufacturing old-style American made seating from the finest red cedar available.
Owner Mike Dolinar started the business full-time in 2012 and the orders are pouring in. I'd always been a woodworking hobbyist for years and wanted to do something different in my life, he said. Especially after being in the golf retail business for nearly twenty years.
Dolinar's one-man operation specializes in premium wood outdoor furniture in the true Adirondack tradition. Each piece is carefully hand-made of Western Red Cedar, giving full attention to detail. Pride in workmanship is their motto, with a goal for his client's satisfaction and enjoyment of their furniture for years to come.
From 2008 until 2011 I was figuring out what I wanted to do and came up with outdoor furniture. It's a real passion and I love going to shows and having people comment on the work I do. I'm busy all year long building furniture.
Americana Woodworks creates everything from chairs to patio tables, garden swings, classic rockers, loveseat gliders and picnic benches, but his signature Adirondack chair is the flagship product.
Dolinar's top seller is his Adirondack glider chair and demand reached a fever pitch over the past spring and summer, to the point where he was back-ordered on stainless steel glider arms.
I'm part of a buying group around the country who share ideas and buy all our lumber from a supplier in Wenatchee, Washington. That nice Western Red Cedar comes right out of the Pacific Northwest.
The low-density makeup of cedar wood accounts for its incredible dimensional stability. The less dense a wood is, the less it shrinks and swells over time in response to changes in moisture. These same low-density properties also give cedar a high thermal co-efficient and allow it to be a superb insulator, even on hot days.
The most famous of cedar's magical properties is its resistance to rot, decay and burrowing insects, which makes it a great choice if looking for an alternative to harsh chemically treated wood. Most outdoor furniture found today achieves its exterior durability through toxic chemical treatment, including unsafe materials like copper, chromium and arsenic.
Western Red Cedar is found in the coastal forests along the upper Pacific coast of North America, from southern Alaska to northern California. Cedar grows naturally in mixed softwood forests, intermingled with Douglas Fir, Hemlock and Sitka Spruce.
Some of the more interesting offshoots of the building process are Dolinar's beautiful red cedar kitchen cutting boards in random sizes, patterns and colorings.
The cutting boards are a popular by-product of the furniture making business. They were 4-5 inch scrap pieces and you really couldn't do more with them. It makes a perfect natural cutting board because of the natural anti-bacterial properties of cedar.
After piecing them together, Dolinar rubs them all down with beeswax and mineral oil to protect the wood.
People really love and respond to them but my furniture is the bread and butter. That Western Red Cedar is the best wood you can use for outdoor patio furniture. It's mildew resistant and the bugs don't get into it because of the resins in the wood. I finish it off with a waterproof, UV protectant. They're all built with one-inch thick, furniture-grade cedar. It's tight knot, meaning the grain is very refined and tight so it makes an appealing finish.
Quality workmanship is something Dolinar takes very seriously.
If I'm going to put my name on something I want that to be an impressive piece of furniture. I take raw wood and every side is sanded, then I router the edges then start into the assembly process. I use stainless steel hardware so nothing rusts and apply water-proof adhesives so it stays very rigid and solid for many years.
Most of Dolinar's booming business comes from glowing testimonials and loyal referrals.
People see my chairs at a friend's house or at parties and that's what you're striving for since I don't have a storefront and work out of my home shop. Other than go trade shows and local festivals and events, word of mouth is vital.
These are heirloom quality pieces that you'll be proud to hand down generation after generation. You can sit in one of my chairs all day long and still be comfortable. What I enjoy most is the design element of the business, engineering new ideas on a simple piece of patio furniture really gets my mind ticking.
For the future, Dolinar often thinks of expanding the business to accommodate bigger orders but isn't ready for that quite yet.
If I had this big shop with lots of employees you lose that hand-crafted quality, he said. Right now I build every chair myself and that's the way I like it. Will I ever do it? Who knows?
Owner Mike Dolinar