OROWoodworks

Handcrafted Heirloom-Quality Woodwork ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stillwater, Oklahoma On Etsy since 2017

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OROWoodworks

Handcrafted Heirloom-Quality Woodwork ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Stillwater, Oklahoma | 134 Sales

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Announcement    Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and US Territories will require additional charges (I apologize for the inconvenience, but shipping to these locations is more than twice the cost of the contiguous states).

Processing time depends on a few factors. These include, but may not be limited to: choice of wood (do I have it in stock, or do I have to acquire it during my next trip to the hardwood supplier?), type of finishing required/desired (fast-drying finishes, slow drying finishes, epoxy?), and what projects are scheduled ahead of your order. If you need a rush-job on something, I may be able to make arrangements to work on it during my down-time, but will have to add a small percentage on top of my usual hourly rate.

Also, please note that many of my items are listed at close to their top-cost. Many of my products are based on custom orders I have received which often tend to have more traditional joinery methods, which cost more due to the labor involved. Many items, especially the larger "furniture" type pieces, can be made with simpler joinery methods and with less costly materials, so please don't hesitate to send me a conversation to see what is possible.

Warranty info below the note.

Note: Photographs of wood may not convey exactly how the colors will look in your home, office, or other location. Due to the differences in light sources, colors may appear more or less vibrant under a different source of light. Pictures of made-to-order or custom items will not be an exact representation of the piece you will receive, as colors, grain structure, and character is different with all pieces of wood, even if they are from one single tree.

Item Warranty:
All claims will be reviewed by me personally, and approval or disapproval will be communicated in full with the buyer.

Kitchenwares and outdoor pieces are not covered by this warranty.

Other items will be covered, for a term of two years after purchase, against failures of material stability and joinery given adequate climate control conditions, and failure of film finish not caused by mishandling or accident. Oil and/or wax finishes cannot be covered. Cause of failure will be determined through communication with the buyer, photographic evidence, and finally during in-person inspection after the item is shipped to me.

Examples of material failure: Table top, shelf, leg warps - if a table top or shelf bows/cups/twists noticeably.

Examples of joinery failure: Mortise and tenon, box joint, etc. comes loose with normal everyday use.

Examples of finish failure: Finish layers start to delaminate from surface of wood or other layers of finish. Finish bubbles or forms "fisheye." Finish breaks/chips off without cause.

All warranty coverage will be subject to my review and assessment. I will be as fair as possible and will never mislead a buyer about why I make my determination whether to cover the issue or not.

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 9, 2019

Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and US Territories will require additional charges (I apologize for the inconvenience, but shipping to these locations is more than twice the cost of the contiguous states).

Processing time depends on a few factors. These include, but may not be limited to: choice of wood (do I have it in stock, or do I have to acquire it during my next trip to the hardwood supplier?), type of finishing required/desired (fast-drying finishes, slow drying finishes, epoxy?), and what projects are scheduled ahead of your order. If you need a rush-job on something, I may be able to make arrangements to work on it during my down-time, but will have to add a small percentage on top of my usual hourly rate.

Also, please note that many of my items are listed at close to their top-cost. Many of my products are based on custom orders I have received which often tend to have more traditional joinery methods, which cost more due to the labor involved. Many items, especially the larger "furniture" type pieces, can be made with simpler joinery methods and with less costly materials, so please don't hesitate to send me a conversation to see what is possible.

Warranty info below the note.

Note: Photographs of wood may not convey exactly how the colors will look in your home, office, or other location. Due to the differences in light sources, colors may appear more or less vibrant under a different source of light. Pictures of made-to-order or custom items will not be an exact representation of the piece you will receive, as colors, grain structure, and character is different with all pieces of wood, even if they are from one single tree.

Item Warranty:
All claims will be reviewed by me personally, and approval or disapproval will be communicated in full with the buyer.

Kitchenwares and outdoor pieces are not covered by this warranty.

Other items will be covered, for a term of two years after purchase, against failures of material stability and joinery given adequate climate control conditions, and failure of film finish not caused by mishandling or accident. Oil and/or wax finishes cannot be covered. Cause of failure will be determined through communication with the buyer, photographic evidence, and finally during in-person inspection after the item is shipped to me.

Examples of material failure: Table top, shelf, leg warps - if a table top or shelf bows/cups/twists noticeably.

Examples of joinery failure: Mortise and tenon, box joint, etc. comes loose with normal everyday use.

Examples of finish failure: Finish layers start to delaminate from surface of wood or other layers of finish. Finish bubbles or forms "fisheye." Finish breaks/chips off without cause.

All warranty coverage will be subject to my review and assessment. I will be as fair as possible and will never mislead a buyer about why I make my determination whether to cover the issue or not.

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  • James on Sep 19, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Owen has top shelf quality product and service on every order! Thank you Owen!

  • faetide on Aug 28, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    "Expelliarmus!"

    Seriously, this is a very lovely wand. I'm no longer a Wiccan priestess, and I'm not into Harry Potter fandom, so I had absolutely no excuse to be drawn to this wand.

    With my birthday drawing near, my elderly mother asked me what I wanted, and I thought of this wand that has been gathering dust in my etsy cart for at least a month or more.

    It arrived promptly, at least a week or so before my birthday. My mother wrapped it as-is, still in the shipping packaging, and I opened it on my day, and oh...it was even more lovely than it was, when it was biding its time in my cart.

    I have no idea what I'm to use it for...maybe drawing reiki symbols or some such. All I know is that it waited patiently for me, and so I will wait patiently for it to show me its purpose.

    It has an awesome feel and energy...thank you! <3

  • biochick9 on Aug 6, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    The two wood boxes are of expert craftsmanship, every detail perfectly executed. My fiancé was overjoyed to receive them as a gift.

  • Andreaburniske on Aug 1, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Very lovely piece. I wanted something useful that was of fine craftsmanship. Oro Woodworks delivered this.

  • James on Jun 23, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Owen is awesome as always - great creativity, attention to detail, and communication. We will be back for more! Thank you Owen!

  • Mark on May 13, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I had Owen customize my box to fit a particular space and he did an excellent job in doing so. Great fit and finish. Thanks Owen...

  • Charles on Apr 5, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous!
    At first look, you'd swear that it had to have been machine made. But it was all hand carved and shaped with a oil stain finish that you'd think it was varnish. A great find.

  • Richard on Mar 18, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Thanks for taking the time to build box to somewhat unusual dimensions. It's beautiful. Appreciated the ease of our communication.

  • Gilbert on Mar 16, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    It is gorgeous. Just the wand I was hoping for. Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much) all the way from Hilo, Hawaii.

  • David on Feb 23, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Five stars not only for the quality of Owen's work but also for his customer service. He built a wooden box for me — from cherry in my case — and I couldn't be happier with it. To begin with, he emailed me just after I placed the order to explain a couple of finishing options, as I had opted out of the polyurethane. It was obvious from the start that he wanted me to make an informed decision, which I really appreciated. He also updated me once work got underway. The box itself? It's beautiful and solidly constructed, with nicely joined corners and a well-fitting lid. It's clear that Owen cares about his work and his customers. I know that this piece is going to have a place in my home for many, many years.

About OROWoodworks

Sales 134
On Etsy since 2017

ORO and My Work Process - Start to...Finish

ORO is not only my initials, but it is also Spanish for gold/golden, so my company, translated to English, is Golden Woodworks. This name reflects the pride I take in my craft and artistry. Using a combination of hand tools and small machines I craft projects that look great and stand the test of time.

Process:
Hand-Selected Materials
My custom furniture process starts with selecting materials, which may seem uninteresting, but is the first step in creating a quality product. I hand-select individual hardwood boards from a regional hardwood dealer or saw mill. For outdoor furniture, I will use mostly softwoods, and only hardwoods that perform well in the outdoors, such as quartersawn white oak. I pay close attention to grain orientation, color matching, and potential weak points in each board, and select only those with the best qualities and/or character. I can also acquire specific materials for your project after the custom design and planning step.

Acclimating The Materials
Once I get the wood to my shop, I may let it acclimate to the conditions for anywhere from 3 days to a month, depending on the thickness of the boards and the climate of the location where I acquired the materials relative to the climate of my shop. I also take into consideration the climate of the destination, and whether the piece will be indoor or outdoor. Thicker boards, more time, similar environmental conditions, less time. I make a judgement call for each new load of wood, and won't start a custom furniture or woodwork project until the wood has a chance to release some internal stresses - I check the moisture content using a digital moisture meter.

Custom Design and Planning
This is in some ways the most important step. Once I receive a request for a custom piece, I spend the time necessary to flush out all the details by providing options for materials, joinery, and finish. I'll collaborate with you to determine exactly what will create the piece you want to see. This step will include initial communications about what kind of custom woodwork you need, where it will be located, what function it will serve, and what sort of design elements you find appealing. These choices will determine various aspects of my recommendations for the materials, joinery, and finish.

Custom Production
Once you have approved the final design of your custom furniture or woodwork, I will begin building your piece as soon as my schedule allows. This starts by going through the rough boards I acquired to select the ones I will be using to build your piece. During this step, I am even more careful about color and grain matching than I am while initially selecting materials at the hardwood dealer or mill. Once the boards are chosen, I decide what part or parts each one will become, and then mill them to their final dimensions. I then create the joinery. Finally, I dry assemble the piece to check its fit, finesse the joinery where necessary, then glue or otherwise join it together.

Custom Finishing
The final step before delivering the piece starts with surface preparation. This can include flush-trimming various parts of the joinery, easing edges by adding chamfers/roundovers, planing, scraping and possibly sanding the wood surfaces to 220 grit or higher. The piece is thoroughly cleaned off to remove dust and debris. The final finish can be as simple as an oil/wax blend, or may involve other steps like dying or pigment staining the wood, and/or sealing then glazing, before coating with a film finish. The final finish coats are applied, sanding between coats when necessary. Different sheen degrees can be achieved with most finishes -- some come pre-mixed with flattening agents mixed in, others can have flattening agents added, some may require rubbing out with steel wool or other abrasives to cut the sheen back, and with oil or oil/wax blends the sheen will depend on how high a grit the wood is sanded to before application.

*** PAINT ***
Yes, I am willing to paint pieces under certain circumstances. Expensive hardwoods, and even softwoods with lots of character, in my professional opinion should not be painted. But there are some hardwoods I will paint (soft maple, alder, other low-cost hardwoods), and plenty of softwoods. If you want a painted piece, bear in mind the fact that it wouldn't be worth the expense of paying for a wood like walnut, or white oak, or sapele, or any of the dozens of hardwoods that have tons of character and often have prices that reflect not only that character, but the scarcity and aesthetic value of these woods.

Once these steps are complete and the finish cured enough for transport, the piece is ready to sell or ship. These steps are the reason my products will last a lifetime and then some. It is what I mean when I describe my pieces as heirloom-quality. These are pieces of craftsmanship that you will be able to pass on to your children and grandchildren.

Shop members

  • Owen

    Owner/operator/maker

    I spent three years woodworking as a hobbyist before I decided to expand into selling my work. I started my business in the fall of 2017. My goals include building a customer base, and expanding my shop and tool collection. Better pic to come...

  • Nibbler Underdog O'Neill

    Shop Mascot, Bark Expert

    Nibbler maintains the shop's positive attitude and provides expertise on natural-edge and bark inclusion wood projects. She also gnaws on scraps to help recycle.

  • Bagheera

    Disciplinarian

    Bagheera keeps the shop in line. She makes sure Nibbler keeps up the work pace. She also climbs trees to find the best limbs and search for nice burls.

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Last updated on Feb 26, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Yes, I offer custom and personalized orders. I can make nearly anything you need or want, and can make pieces to fit various budgets and requirements.

Care instructions

Care instructions will be included with each piece, and will differ depending on what kind of finish and what techniques were used. If, however, you have a question about caring for a piece (even one I didn't make), please don't hesitate to ask.