The HDDC hosts professional development seminars, continuing education classes and networking opportunities aimed at elevating sustainable design and creating better lives for ourselves and our neighbors.

6.03.2011

Meet Mike & Sue

Akamai Woodworks - Mike & Sue Spring

Which business are you a part of?
Akamai Woodworks has been in business in Central Oregon since 1993. We are a full service, woodworking business specializing in kitchen and bath cabinetry, custom furniture, doors, entertainment centers, office and libraries and whatever else you envision for us to create for you!

From Consultation, Design, Fabrication, to Installation…We are a respected and responsible company – reflecting what our name means in the Hawaiian language…….AKAMAI.



How did you enter this field?
Spring Construction began in 1993, after moving from the big island of Hawaii to Central Oregon, building homes and remodeling. We then moved toward woodworking, cabinetry and fine custom furniture, and in 1999, Akamai Woodworks was created. We have been in business since that time, working with builders and designers on projects large and small.
We love what we do, and we do it well.



Why are you interested in being a part of the HDDC?
We are artisans and master cabinet makers, who take great pride in our craft, attention to detail and along with years of experience, we create fine custom cabinets and furniture our clients will proudly display in their home or business.

We truly enjoy working with designers in Bend. We appreciate that many of them want to ‘keep it local’. The networking opportunities with HDDC have been better then any other group we have belonged to.

What inspires you?
In Business….New designs delight us and new hardware and products that make our work more efficient and look great.
Working with Bend designers, we enjoy creating what people are asking for, at a lower price then you can get it shipped for. Many of our new clients come from referrals, something we are extremely proud of.
In Life….Sunshine and Music !

What is a unique business story that demonstrates your skills?
Our client was asking if we could re-produce some chairs that belonged to her grandmother. She had six at one time, unfortunately, four of them went up in smoke when her storage building caught on fire. Fortunately, she had two of them that were in fair condition in the house- one with arms, one without. She was heartbroken. She wanted to leave them and the table they belong to- to her grandson. She brought them in, and after many hours of detailed design, our talented designer copied them-- exactly - finish matched as well.
The table and chairs, can now be passed down to a new family to create new memories..........



What is the best advice you have given or received?
Treat people the way you want to be treated.
It is simple, in business, treat people with respect, take pride in your work, offer a fair price in the time provided….


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