Founded in 1986 by Mike Mikutowski and his wife Liz, Mikutowski Woodworking is the definition of “small but mighty.” Many are shocked to learn that the fine woodworking shop, located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and specializing in high-quality jewelry boxes, employs only about five people to take raw lumber through the largely hands-on assembly process.
Whether it’s a small desk clock or a six-drawer jewelry chest, Mike’s passion is evident in the masterful workmanship and fine details of each piece. The signature inlay work on many of the jewelry-box lids is so delicate that only Mike himself does this part of the woodworking. He is also the one to carefully choose lumber for his pieces.
Materials for Mikutowski pieces are selected with an eye not only towards beauty and function, but also towards environmental responsibility. Since the Mikutowski line includes very small items such as clocks and desk boxes as well as very large pieces, waste materials are reduced to a minimum. Small pieces of what would otherwise be scrap material are used in detail work and smaller items, and any remaining wood is donated to area schools and elderly care service programs for art and craft education.
All Mikutowski Woodworking jewelry boxes, picture frames, and other items are hand-made in the United States.