Ron's Bio

Ron Kallmes began his passion for wood finishing and wood restoration in 1975 at the age of thirteen years old. He started working part time after school and weekends, finishing Old World English antiques for a few different companies in California that imported large volumes of furniture from England that needed varying degrees of restoration as well as complete stripping and refinishing as required to ready for resale.

From 1980 on, the focus of Ron's career was mainly on the high-end custom residential finishing, finishing custom cabinets and custom furniture for manufacturers and individual craftsmen catering to clients with very particular tastes for the unique and one-of-a-kind pieces as well as the finishes designers of the day felt were trending.

In 1990, Ron moved his family to Seattle to work for Heartwood Inc. as their lead finisher and formulation expert.

In the forty years of Ron's finishing career, over thirty years have been spent developing stains, finishes, and processes that make for the finest results and the fastest procedures, giving our clients the best value in the Northwest.