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KotimaaWoodworks

Handmade in MN Birdhouses, Bird Feeders & Bat Houses

Hutchinson, Minnesota · 151 Sales

KotimaaWoodworks

Handmade in MN Birdhouses, Bird Feeders & Bat Houses

Hutchinson, Minnesota 151 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(45)

KotimaaWoodworks is taking a short break

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Note from shop owner Kotimaa Woodworks is moving to Wisconsin! So that we can focus our time and attention on the move, we're pressing pause on our Etsy shop for the summer.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 2, 2016

Kotimaa Woodworks is moving to Wisconsin! So that we can focus our time and attention on the move, we're pressing pause on our Etsy shop for the summer.

Ron Makela

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Ron Makela

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(45)
meganlf831

meganlf831 on May 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I ordered this bat house in Coffe for my yard in PA. It's beautiful! Item arrived quickly and packaged well! Hoping it works to bring some bats to our mosquito infested yard!

Betty Gullett

Betty Gullett on Apr 30, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

When I opened the shipment, I gasped. The quality was so above what I expected. I had forgotten the quality of dedicated American made products. With proper care, this tray will last for decades. Tip: During wind storm, the large tray swayed and brought down the aluminum pole with other bird feeders. I'm working on how to prevent this.

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About

A life-long carpenter inspired by birds, animals, and fine woods.

Kotimaa Woodworks of Minnesota was founded in 2011 by retired Master Carpenter Ron Makela.

His love for all birds and animals has inspired him to dedicate his senior years to building and designing these unique bird homes and feeders.

Each model is handmade in his woodworking shop in Hutchinson, MN, a farming community west of the Twin Cities.

Ron grew up on the Iron Range, in the northernmost part of Minnesota. He learned carpentry as a trade early in his life, and has always excelled in craftmanship and innovative yet practical design.

He takes great care in the production of all the models and is happy to have an interesting occupation to keep him busy.

When he's not in his woodshop, he's most likely gardening or boating on Lake Superior.

Kotimaa Woodworks is currently transitioning from red cedar to white cedar in the manufacturing of our product lines.

Red cedar is cut on the west coast of North America from a beautiful stand of timber that is alive and growing well for future generations.

This timber is far too valuable in its large dimensions to be cut into such small pieces for our products.

Our new source of cedar (white) is locally harvested in swamps where the gale force winds of Lake Superior has created a blow-down. Here the cedars are uprooted and lay on their sides waste away with time.

Our local harvester sells the butt log (prime cut) to a mill that uses the full log for ornamental supports, columns, and architectural features.

The second log is sold to Kotimaa Woodworks to be sectioned for our KØKKØ fire logs in the round.

If a premium log is revealed it is cut into rough boards that are then air dried and subdivided for bird houses and features.

The third log (typical cedars only produce three usable 8' logs) is peeled and becomes a cedar fence post or rail. The branches are also sold for railings and custom features in rustic homes.

The final product from the white cedar is the small branches that are readily eaten by the whitetail deer population.

Once my cedar is ready for use and it turned into product, we save the sawdust & shavings to be used in wood duck nesting boxes. My goal is to use every ounce of cedar from my logs.

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  • Ron Makela

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I founded Kotimaa Woodworks of Minnesota in 2011 after I retired as a carpenter. Kotimaa means "home" in Finnish - it's the name of my and my wife's home in Hutchinson where we live with our two dogs.

  • Ginger Makela Riker

    Marketing

    Daughter of Ron Makela and former employee of Google, Twitter & Vine.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 27, 2013
Kotimaa Woodworks for Minnesota was founded in 2011 by retired Master Carpenter Ron Makela who takes great pride in designing his products, selecting the best woods, and assembling them in his small woodshop in Hutchinson, MN.

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
We accept Etsy Direct Checkout payments.
Shipping
We use Fedex SmartPost for all small shipments.
Refunds and Exchanges
Wood will naturally split and crack in the weather. We glue and fasten our products together soundly. Should a product fail within a reasonable amount of time, pay for just return shipping, and we'll repair or replace the product.