About Kosorok Furniture
The Early Days
But the Red Lodge native kept his day job with the state highway maintenance department until 1990, while he slowly built his reputation for custom cabinetry and furniture.
Kosorok built his first custom kitchen cabinets in 1995. Since then, he has built 32 kitchens around Red Lodge and Bozeman. About half were designed for vacation homes. His favorite style is a farmhouse look done in recycled fir, a look that blends well with log homes.
“Whenever the opportunity arises, I push it,” he said. “It really fits the area I live in.”
In 1982, Kosorok sold his first piece of furniture, a massive hutch. After selling through interior design stores in Red Lodge, Cody, and Colorado, his custom orders now come mainly through word-of-mouth.
The Kosorok family name is well known around Red Lodge, where his parents were among the founders of Red Lodge’s Festival of Nations.
His father, Joe, played the accordion, ran a store along the town’s main street and “had his hand in everything.”
His brother, Mike, a high school math and art teacher, is a landscape painter, and his niece, Tonya, keeps up the ties to the Festival of Nations by teaching the Red Lodge Celtic Fusion dance group.
Kosorok Furniture draws on the tradition of Thomas Molesworth, who popularized the Cody, Wyoming, “cowboy furniture” style. Like Molesworth, many of Kosorok’s pieces rely on lodgepole pine sticks to create dramatic lines. But his furniture is less massive and more elegant than Molesworth’s. A few of his pieces whisper Western rather than shout it.
Kosorok has been influenced by growing up in Red Lodge, from seeing patterns for the toy dump trucks in Mother Earth News to a fondness for Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.” But in his younger days, he was a bit of a redneck, and didn’t drive a Subaru, he said.
What Made It Possible
He credits his hard-working wife, Karen, who teaches family and consumer science at the high school in Red Lodge and physical education at the elementary school, for allowing him the freedom to turn his woodworking skill into a business.
“Without her income and support, it wouldn’t have happened,” he said.