Tell us about your business.We are Ben (35) and Kate Gatski (37). 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 Gatski Metal in 2003. Prior to Gatski Metal, 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 and Ben’s mother is a quilter, once a full-time basket maker. 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 our work online and to art and craft galleries across the country.
What makes your business stand out?We thrive in making. We built a successful business in a rural place, using discarded materials, with a self-taught eye for design. We combine freedom, craft and entrepreneurship to create a very rich life.
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