WE ARE BEN (34) AND KATE GATSKI (36). WE LIVE ON A HILLTOP IN RURAL PENNSYLVANIA. WE MAKE SCULPTURE AND FURNITURE USING RECLAIMED MATERIALS [OLD FARM MACHINERY & BARN WOOD].
BEN IS THE WELDER, FARMER, ARTIST AND DAD. KATE IS THE DESIGNER, COOK, ENTREPRENEUR AND MOM. WE HAVE THREE CHILDREN.
We established our handmade business in 2003. Prior to this, Ben operated an organic dairy business and Kate organized educational events for farmers- for a sustainable agriculture non-profit.
All things creative run deep in both Ben and Kate’s family. Kate’s mother has been a full-time rag rug weaver for 30 years- her father an antiques dealer. Ben’s mother is a quilter, once a full-time basket maker and Ben’s father a collector of vintage pieces.
We are self-taught artists. Our inspiration comes from farming. We gather our raw material from farms, farm machinery dealers and junkyards. We bring them back to our shop and create unique objects using basic tools.
We sell work to art and craft galleries around the country. We also sell our work here on The Steel Fork; a collection of our favorite things handmade by us, and our family.