Sparkling Sawdust—HiLo Hotel in Portland

InviteBlog post by Deborah Roe

Last Thursday night (7/13) was the opening for HiLo in downtown Portland, Oregon. A few of us from Pioneer Millworks attended the event where we ate, were painted gold, and silently discoed the night away. The 120-room boutique style hotel resides in the Oregon Pioneer Building (a National Register of Historic Places). We have a few ties—turns out back in 2008-10 our own Elise Payne worked in the building.

Drinks

The party started as soon as we walked in the door. There were specialty drinks and intricate food of various varieties scattered throughout the hotel.

Piano PlayerThe lobby designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, speaks to the Oregon mood—greens and greys with contemporary and natural finishes throughout.  HiLo created an “Exchange Box” where guests could donate to Piano Push Play and pick a bag with prizes worth $20 – $500. The organization rescues pianos and puts them on the street for everyone to enjoy. There was a line-up of skilled piano players tickling the keys in the lobby throughout the event.

Exhange Box

After the lobby, the tour prompted us to visit the sixth floor—where we were excited to see one many installs of our American Gothic Mixed Oak.

Room

The wood was finished with a custom stain and a Vermont natural coating water based poly, giving it a rich dark look and feel. One guest we spoke too said, “the rooms feel so high end and the wood creates a feeling of warmth.”

LogoThat was nice to hear, and the wood was great to see in its final form. We especially loved finding our logo, which is etched onto a piece of wood in every room.

Opera SingerOkay…back to the party. In the suite, HiLo featured an opera singer in the bathroom to show off the acoustics. We were floored with the surprise and performance. (As you can see even Jonathan couldn’t help but take a video.)

Elevator Area

After experiencing the rooms (with locally based Maak Lab‘s special plant-based fragrance of Port Orford cedar being pumped through the vents) we got on the elevator and went to the lower-level to experience more of the opener.

Face Painting

Make-up and hair artists were on location to put gold accents on guests. Once we received our sparkle it was off to the silent disco.

Selfie

After a bit of boogieing, we headed up to the main level for a nosh. It was there we had a moment to speak with the General Manager, Eric Paul, who shared that our reclaimed wood has become a conversation piece that everyone loves. We couldn’t have been more flattered and proud to be part of such a great project with great people. Our thanks for the invite, HiLo team—cheers.

Meet the Team Featuring Tim

A native of California, Tim joined our team of Reclaimed Wood Design Experts servicing our current, and new, CA and NV customers. An avid gardener with a penchant for cookies, our interest was piqued and we put Tim through a range of questions. If you’d like to chat with him about any of our products you can shoot him an email or call him at (415) 961-2854.

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Where are you from?
I was born in Southern California when there were still open spaces and orange trees in Orange County. I’m excited to serve my home state, to bring reclaimed and sustainable wood to projects there.

What’s your background with wood?
I have worked for several companies that crafted products out of wood. One company made custom wood garage doors with clear grade Douglas fir frames and Western Cedar fronts. Most recently I worked for a company that made custom playground equipment from free-of-heart Douglas fir post and beams. I love working with and selling wood products but always had mixed feelings about having to cut down trees. This one of the reasons I am so excited to be a part of Pioneer Millworks.

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What is your role on our team?
California and Nevada Reclaimed Wood Design Expert. I’m looking forward to getting to know Nevada better and having the opportunity to spend more time with my brother who lives in Minden.

Road trip selfie from Tim.

Road trip selfie from Tim.


What are you most looking forward to with your job?

Helping to create very personal, custom spaces with reclaimed wood that celebrates inspires, teaches, and heals the human experience. 

What about wood or reclaimed wood appeals to you?
How it is better for the planetless material going into landfills, and less demand to remove live trees. 

Tim with reclaimed wood kept from landfills!

Tim with reclaimed wood kept from landfills!


Which product is your favorite? Why?

Reclaimed timbersbecause each one is unique and has its own story.

Reclaimed timbers, agricultural of industrial salvage are Tim's favorite.

Reclaimed timbers, agricultural or industrial salvage are Tim’s favorite.


What are your hobbies outside of work?
My goal is to visit every National Park before I die, so…whitewater rafting, biking, hiking, and backpacking. I also like to garden and grow my own food. My dream is to own a small organic urban farm where I can supply organic food to local artisans and the community – as well as my family.

What’s your favorite book?
The Soul of a Tree: A Master Woodworkers Reflections, by George Nakashima

The soul of a tree book cover
Share something quirky about yourself…

I commute by bike most days and eat at least one cookie a day.

What is your favorite quote?
“A tree is our most intimate contact with nature.” 

And

In a world where manual skills are shunned, we believe in them, not only in the act of producing a better product but in the sheer joy of doing or becoming. We feel that pride in craftsmanship, of doing as perfect a job as possible, of producing something of beauty even out of nature’s discards, are all homely attributes that can be reconsidered.” Both by George Nakashima.

If you’d like to chat with Tim about any of our products you can shoot him an email or call him at (415) 961-2854.

Thoughtful Sophistication

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Be bold, bright, lustrous, subtle, smooth, textured, patterned, or radiant with the other side of reclaimed wood.

Custom Colors, Custom Grey Finish.

Custom Colors, Custom Grey Finish.

 

We’ve turned to our team of craftsmen, artists, and out-of-the-box types to play and pioneer new salvaged options. The results are remarkable tones and sheens with sleek or intense textures—modern options with a soul.

Painted & Sanded Foundry Maple with "Millennial" Pink

Painted & Sanded Foundry Maple with “Millennial” Pink

 

Grandma's Attic mixed softwoods, custom color finish.

Grandma’s Attic mixed softwoods, custom color finish.

 

And the barn wood we know and love? Even it has another side—an inside, an underside, a creative side. It’s time to push the envelope further and get adventurous with colors in the cracks and crevasse.

 

American Gothic Reclaimed Oak in varying thicknesses.

American Gothic Reclaimed Oak in varying thicknesses.

 

Thoughtful Sophistication options are available in solid paneling, engineered paneling, solid flooring, engineered flooring, board stock, treads, thresholds, and fixtures—all with the eco-loving and LEED benefits and that make your projects sustainable.

Premium Select Mixed Grain Antique Heart Pine bench paneling.

Premium Select Mixed Grain Antique Heart Pine bench paneling.

 

These are some of our favorite ideas and we’ll be sharing more iterations in our next few blog posts. We love creating custom colors, textures, and patterns – what are your customization aspirations? Let our team know so we can start idea sharing and swapping samples.

Design Week Portland: Read:Grain

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Design Week Portland 2017 was the week of April 21-29, 2017. On April 28, 2017, Pioneer Millworks had an open house at the SE Portland Studio in Oregon. Following a theme of ‘Read:Grain’, Pioneer Millworks in an effort to support local makers invited 8 makers to design original pieces using our reclaimed wood.

Joel Knudsen of Branches Furniture at the Pioneer Millworks Mill in McMinnville, Oregon picking out wood for his project.

Joel Knudsen of Branches Furniture at the Pioneer Millworks Mill in McMinnville, Oregon picking out wood for his project.

“Wood works as structure, as craft, and as art. Its sustainability is second to none in this trio of strengths,” explains Pioneer Millworks Founder, Jonathan Orpin. “Pioneer Millworks takes it one step further by reclaiming wood, and we’ve done it for 25 years and to 26 million board feet. We’re psyched to support these craftspeople by offering them the wood, the space to share, and a small stipend with which to explore. Yum. Friday afternoon wine and cheese, good company, and reclaimed wood furniture. I’m in!”

From L to R: Josh Felty, Jonathan Taylor, Bryan and Jennifer Danger, Henry Silvestrini, Bill Wessinger, Philip Krain, Jordan Saia, Garret Michael, Jonathan Orpin, Alyse and Joel Knudsen at the open house.

From L to R: Josh Felty, Jonathan Taylor, Bryan and Jennifer Danger, Henry Silvestrini, Bill Wessinger, Philip Krain, Jordan Saia, Garret Michael, Jonathan Orpin, Alyse and Joel Knudsen at the open house.

The Open House had 60+ guests rotating through our design studio touching, feeling and admiring the artisan’s Read:Grain creations:

Branches Furniture – Joel & Alyse Knudsen

This bench was created using our Kentucky Fence Board.

This bench was created using our Oak Black and Tan.

 

Working with Pioneer Millworks to design and build an original piece of furniture for their Design Week open house was such a great opportunity for us to not only work with superior reclaimed material but to broaden our audience. Meeting and talking with all the folks at the open house gave us the chance to introduce our work to new people and to make meaningful connections with other Portland makers.” – Joel

Global Homestead Garage – Philip Krain

Sash Table made from Centennial Mills timbers.

Sash Table made from our Heart Pine.

 

Makers Woodworks – Garrett Michael

Bench made with our Oak Black and Tan

Bench made with our Oak Black and Tan

 

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The DWP open house event hosted by Pioneer Millworks was great. The chance to meet and get a little background on some other local artists we weren’t familiar with was energizing, and the pieces were original and well designed and built. Good food, drinks and networking. The staff gets 5 stars for pulling it together.“

- Garrett

Tiny Shed – Jordan Saia

Gaming table made from our American Prairie Tap House wood.

Gaming table made from our American Prairie Tap House.

 

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Pioneer Millworks allowed me the space and freedom to put my dream table together for Portland Design Week. They had beautiful material to choose from and I enjoyed every minute of the build. It was a very special event for all of us and so nice to see all the incredible work from so many talented makers.” – Jordan

Wessinger Woodworks LLC – Bill Wessinger

Folding Chair and Folding Lamp made from our Tropical Hardwood Trade Winds Bright.

Folding Chair and Folding Lamp made from our Tropical Hardwood Trade Winds Bright.

 

The event was a wonderful opportunity for me to create a new design. At the event I had great conversations both with other makers and with those who appreciate the things we make. It was fantastic to see how many different aesthetic directions people went with the reclaimed materials available.”

- Bill

Work-PDX – Henry Silvestrini

These lamps and card holder were crafted out of Centennial Mills Timbers.

These lamps and card holder were crafted out of Centennial Mills Timbers.

Lamp 01Lamp 02I had a great time at the event, it was awesome to meet so many other talented makers and designers. As a fabricator, I rarely get the chance create something without stipulations or limitations. I really appreciated the opportunity to design a product that wasn’t intended to make money or fit into a specific space. I got to build exactly what I wanted (which doesn’t happen often). It wouldn’t have happened without the Pioneer Millworks team and we all appreciate it!” – Henry

Zenbox Design – Bryan and Jen Danger

Bar Cart made with our Oak American Gothic

Bar Cart made with our Oak American Gothic

 

The DWP event hosted by the team at Pioneer Millworks was a great experience for us on all fronts; from picking out wood from the enormous mill to chatting with other artisans to literally being inspired to create a piece we’ve been sketching for years.  We look forward to integrating their reclaimed materials into upcoming projects!” – Bryan

New Energy Works Timberframers – Jonathan Taylor, Josh Felty, Cameron Delzell

Table made from Oak American Gothic (Elise from Pioneer Millworks)

Table made from Oak American Gothic (Elise from Pioneer Millworks)

 

We loved to see the creative ideas these makers had using our reclaimed wood. Pioneer Millworks will continue to support makers, giving them a platform to celebrate the story of reclaimed wood and their craftsmanship.

Jen Danger, Alyse and Joel Knudsen.

Jen Danger, Alyse and Joel Knudsen. Back right: Bill Wessinger, and Bryan Danger.

Some of these pieces are for sale. Please contact the makers for more information.