This year we are celebrating our 50th anniversary. The past decades have been full of stories, great craftsmanship and design. We'd like to share some of the old stories and quite many new ones with you during the next months. 



We have always been eager to teach young cabinetmakers. Our workshop has hosted numerous journeymen and apprentices - and the company founder Kari Virtanen with his colleague Rudi Merz have been avidly tutoring next generations throughout the last decades. Therefore we wanted to celebrate this 50th anniversary year by making a book that would tell about the Nikari way of working, but also explain the good old Nordic cabinetmaking traditions that are still used by us and many others here in Northern Europe. 

"Working with Wood - a Nordic perspective on cabinetmaking" is a collection of musings and factual knowledge about the traditions of Nordic woodworking. It draws upon interview material with Kari Virtanen, master cabinetmaker and founder of Nikari, the company craftsmen, and designers, as well as their personal notes on the philosophy of their craft.

The book tells the story of Nikari - a story continuing from a one-man-workshop working with Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck in Ostrobothnia, towards the move to Fiskars Village and present-day contemporary design collaborations. Concentrating always on local, Northern European wood.

A reader interested in Nordic forests can find information and inspiring images of them, together with some facts about the local wood species. Thoughts about cabinetmaking, surface treatment, as well as serial production in a very craftsmanship-oriented manufacturing are also revealed on the pages. 

A nice present for someone enthusiastic about wood, craftsmanship, design and cabinetmaking, perhaps?
available at KFive+Kinnarps $75